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Missouri hospitals face less nurse turnover, staffing woes persist

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Hospital Association (MHA) reports a decline in vacancy and turnover rates among nurses, but hospitals continue to struggle with staffing issues.

While workforce issues have slightly improved since the pandemic, this year’s workforce report highlights a surprising trend: some of the highest turnover rates ever seen are in dietary, housekeeping, and maintenance jobs at hospitals.

“It’s good news in that the rates that we saw, which were at their worst two years ago, are now beginning to come down,” Dave Dillon, spokesperson for MHA, said.

Despite this improvement, Missouri’s healthcare industry is still grappling with the aftereffects of COVID-19.  

“The bad news is we’re not out of the woods,” Dillon adds.

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(Story by Emily Manley

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