This study explores the issue of staff shortage in the healthcare industry. The study reveals that since the second half of the 20th century, there has been increased expansion of healthcare industry which has increased pressure on staffing needs. The study looks at the issue of staff shortage through a two pronged debate on main factors that can be attributed to healthcare staff shortage. Through exploration of staff burnout vs. other issues, the study finds that staff burnout is culmination of different issues and hence the root cause of staff shortage. The study gives a number of recommendations among them change in human resource management, engaging retried workers, and change in working environment. At the end the study, there are important lessons that are can be learnt from this exercise.