A compounding crisis: COVID-19 and the hospital workforce

COVID-19 is causing significant disruption in the health care workforce.

Front-line health care workers — nurses, therapists and other clinicians — are facing burnout after nearly two years of pandemic response. According to national research from Morning Consult, nearly 20% of the health care workforce reported quitting their job since November 2020. Among those who have not quit, 20% have considered quitting.

Vacancy and turnover in the health care workforce were at troubling levels before the onset of the pandemic. These signals of instability likely have increased since the last year of reporting.

The Missouri Hospital Association released a fact sheet detailing what’s happening with the hospital workforce, and what hospitals are doing in response.