A new report from the Wisconsin Hospital Association shows unprecedented vacancy rates in health care professions. Ann Zenk with the W-H-A notes it’s been a developing concern for years. She says their workforce can’t grow fast enough to keep up with demands of an aging population, as more and more of Wisconsin’s population retires — which took an even bigger jump during the pandemic. The combined factors resulted in an increase in vacancies in 13 of 17 professions tracked in W-H-A’s Health Care Workforce Report. Registered nurse vacancy rates were the highest they’ve been since 2005.

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