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Is it a Staffing Challenge or a Staffing Crisis?

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In this podcast, Chris interviews Sheila Burke, Senior Public Policy Advisor at Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, and Research Faculty / Adjunct Lecturer at Harvard University.


Chris and Sheila discuss the staffing challenge and whether it is going to get better or worse during 2023.  Sheila and Chris discuss a research article from a colleague of Sheila’s, Peter Buerhaus, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, FAAN (article) which reviews past staffing challenges and some that were considered a staffing crisis.  Professor Buerhaus’ article utilizes Category 5 language (drawing an analogy from the hurricane scale) to discuss staffing challenges vs those that are deemed a staffing crisis.  Given Sheila’s extensive years of experience working with the Senate and her public policy work, Chris asks if anything can be done on a national and or state level to prevent the staffing challenge from devolving into a long-term crisis.  Sheila’s answer is a segment you will want to play over and over again as it is a platform of innovative ideas and public policy strategies to help alleviate the staffing challenge and ensures we don’t find ourselves in a long-term staffing crisis. 

A great quote from the podcast Sheila says, “With pending retirements, we are losing an enormous reservoir of experience… the question is how do we utilize that resource and keep those retirees engaged and involved so we don’t lose all that experience… we need to rethink where and how we train.”  This is one of several pearls from this podcast. 

This is a great listen and thinking opportunity for staff and leaders as there probably is no greater challenge in all of healthcare today and going into tomorrow than staffing.  Join us, this is timely and relevant. 


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Sheila Burke
Senior Public Policy Advisor at Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz,   and Research Faculty/Adjunct Lecturer at Harvard University
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Our Host

Chris Comeaux

Chris Comeaux
President & CEO
Teleios Collaborative Network



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