Where will the next generation of health care workers come from?
We discuss this topic frequently at Mercy College. Recent research done for us indicates that “the spark” that leads people to consider a health care career is generated by obvious and not-so-obvious sources.
Respondents to recent focus groups indicated that high school counselors and respected teachers were a common source of inspiration. However, these same people also expressed support for careers in the sector from health care workers themselves – those in their families (generational factors) and those who provided care to them.
As you think about who might replace you in your health care profession, please consider sharing your experiences with young people you know. As you observe your relatives – children, nieces and nephews, grandchildren, godchildren – share with them the joys and sorrows you experienced in health care. If you’re still in the health care workforce, observe the interest of those you come in contact with and invite those that mention an interest in your profession to pursue their options in health care.
If you think that proximity or other factors might make someone a good fit to attend Mercy College, we’d invite you to share with them materials that can be found in the Quick Links at the top right corner of this page. Whether they enroll here at Mercy College or any of the hundreds of educational health science institutions across the country, we can all play a roll in ensuring that sufficient health care workers are available to meet the demands of the future.