Help Wanted: U.S. Has a Shortage of Trained Health Workers

Hospitals scramble for pharmacy technicians, lab scientists and other trained workers as baby boomers age and retire.


 
 

Mary Engel | | Tuesday, July 29, 2008


LOS ANGELES -- During a typical 12-hour shift, Hector Hernandez can be found in just about any corner of Kaiser Sunset, tending to premature infants and the elderly, to patients with asthma and those with AIDS, to heart attack victims and survivors of car wrecks.

He connects patients to ventilators, evaluates lung capacity and blood gases and administers oxygen and aerosol medications. Clad in green scrubs and white running shoes, he is often the first to arrive on a "code blue" -- the term that is broadcast when a patient has stopped breathing.

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