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Kansas Medical Workforce in Crisis as Worker Shortage Persists

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TOPEKA, Kan. (KNS) – Kansas hospitals are experiencing the highest turnover and job vacancy rates in a decade. The Kansas Hospital Association compiled its annual report with data from 109 hospitals across the state. Some of the highest vacancy rates reported were for nurses, laboratory staff, and respiratory therapists.

The KHA survey found that about 25% of the nursing positions in the state are unfilled and the shortage is expected to grow.

The association and hospitals are using virtual job fairs and partnering with the Kansas Department of Education to increase interest in health care careers.

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