OK Faces Healthcare Worker Shortage

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma faces a drastic shortage of nurses
and other medical workers in coming years if current trends
continue.

That's according to a study of the health care industry released
today.

The study by the Governor's Council for Workforce and Economic
Development says that by 2012, Oklahoma could have a shortage of
more than 3,000 nurses, 600 lab technicians, 400 physical
therapists, 300 surgical technologists and almost 200 occupational
therapists.

Those in the industry say Oklahoma colleges can't keep up with
the rising demand for more nursing graduates because of lack of
faculty members and clinical space for students.


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