Workforce Center

Hospital WorkforceThroughout Missouri, hospitals are taking an active role in building the health care workforce. From scholarships to flexible hours to employee-friendly benefits packages, Missouri hospitals are implementing innovative programs to attract more people to use their talents and skills in the health care industry.

  • Workforce Analysis
  • Resources
  • Programs
  • Scholarships

MHA's 2017 Annual Workforce Report

MHA's 2017 workforce report and 10 region-specific reports find that hospital vacancies reached an all-time high, with 86 percent of positions surveyed increasing in vacancy from the previous year. The report includes data from 142 hospitals and identifies trends among 36 hospital-based positions and five clinic and physician practice positions.

2017 Regional Reports

MHA's 2016 Annual Workforce Report

2016 Regional Reports

Primary Care Physicians: Rural and Urban Disparities in Missouri

Throughout the years, we have heard about the “looming nurse and physician shortages.” The shortages are now here. Although there are ebbs and flows in the supply and types of health care workers, all evidence describes a primary care shortage that will increase throughout time because of an aging workforce, an aging population and the expanded insurance coverage resulting from the Affordable Care Act. Health care reform must include assurances that the workforce is able to meet the demands of delivering primary care to patients. We are now at the crossroads where the primary care crisis and health care reform meet.

Snapshot of Missouri's Health Care Workforce

American Association of Colleges of Nursing-State Profile

Missouri State Board of Nursing 2016 Annual Report

Nursing Supply and Demand Through 2020

MHA Workforce Resources

MHA offers various workforce resources to support member hospitals in implementing strategies for workforce planning, recruitment, retention and development that best serve your community’s needs.

AHA Workforce Planning and Development Report

AHA issued its 2016 Committee on Performance Improvement report to help hospital and health system leaders align the skills and abilities of their organization’s workforce with anticipated needs as health care continues to change. The report includes a tool to help initiate strategic workforce conversations, and specific recommendations and examples from hospital leaders and experts in the field.

Health Career Pathways Task Force Report

The Advisory Board led a task force charged with identifying specific needs and best practices to improve health career pathways. The board issued a report showing tremendous potential for health care employers to work in partnership with educators to train and recruit the entry-level staff needed to serve patients in their communities.

Nursing Excellence: Leadership Development, Culture and Retention

Results from the 2017 HealthLeaders Media Nursing Excellence Survey analyzes the top challenges that nursing staff face and that directly affect an organization’s ability to recruit and retain top-notch nursing staff in the health care industry.

Inclusive Local Hiring Toolkit

Establishing a local and inclusive hiring strategy is an important first step towards rethinking your health system’s role in the community. This toolkit can help you get started.

Hiring Veterans Toolkit

Veterans with medical backgrounds can be excellent hospital employee candidates. AHA’s toolkit provides specific information on how hospitals can hire veterans.

The Aging Workforce: Challenges for the Health Care Industry Workforce

The aging of the U.S. population has tremendous implications for the health care industry, both as employers of an older workforce, and as providers of services to a growing number of older patients. This report explores issues and shares best practice models relating to the aging health care workforce

Health Profession Opportunity Grant Overview

The Health Profession Opportunity Grants was created to provide education and training to low-income individuals for occupations in the health care field that pay well and are expected to either experience labor shortages or be in high demand. HPOG participants are given the opportunity to obtain higher education, training and support services needed to secure positions that have opportunity for advancement and sustainability, ultimately leading these individuals on a pathway to financial self-sufficiency.


HPOG Videos

  • See how HPOG helped Danielle begin her career in health care and achiever her goal of becoming an LPN.
  • See how HPOG helped Misty, a single mother of five, attain the education she needed to become self-sufficient health care professional.

HPOG Flyers

Grow Your Own Compendium

The MHA Center for Education Grow Your Own grant program helped hospitals develop and expand the health care workforce according to locally defined needs. The program provided nearly $2 million to 39 hospitals to fund their initiatives.

Missouri_Health_Careers_1Many organizations offer scholarships for students interested in attending post-secondary schools. Scholarships are available from various entities — from the local civics organizations and your community hospitals to state and national organizations. When applying for scholarships, remember to tell the selection committees why you deserve to receive their financial support to pursue your education. These sites will assist you with scholarship searches and application processes. For a complete listing of scholarships, visit