Fostering a Robust, Engaged Health Care Workforce

Maryland hospitals employ nearly 120,000 doctors, nurses, and other caregivers, making them among the top employers in their communities. A highly trained and fully engaged workforce is essential for Maryland’s hospitals as they strive to deliver the best clinical care along with a superior experience for patients.

As of 2022, Maryland hospitals face the most critical staffing shortage in recent history, with one in every four nurse positions vacant. High staff turnover, shifting care delivery models, and an insufficient nursing pipeline is reaching an unsustainable point that stretches bedside care incredibly thin and further strains the workforce across the care continuum.

MHA is committed to working with members, policymakers, legislators, and other partners to strengthen our critical hospital workforce.

1 in every 4 hospital nursing positions is vacant

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    MHA Task Force on Maryland's Future Health Workforce

    Dozens of health care leaders from hospitals statewide formed the Task Force on the Future of Maryland’s Health Workforce in November 2021 to examine ways to stabilize and grow Maryland’s health care workforce. The group provides guidance on current and future challenges and trends impacting the hospital workforce and will make recommendations on needed policy change and best practices.

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