Health care workforce turnover increased after pandemic

A study published in JAMA Health Forum found that there was a significant increase in health care workforce turnover after the COVID-19 pandemic. Researchers used U.S. Census Bureau state unemployment insurance data and found that exit rates for health care workers were higher than baseline levels, and entry rates increased in the post-pandemic period. The increase in exit rates was dominated by workers leaving for nonemployment at the onset of the pandemic. The study suggests that policy efforts to address health care worker burnout and improve hiring pipelines for health care workers are needed. The findings highlight the impact of the pandemic on the health care workforce.

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