Workforce Center

Hospital Workforce Missouri hospitals provide access to lifesaving care 24-7. This is possible when hospitals have qualified staff with the right skills, in the right place, providing high-quality care for Missouri’s six million citizens. 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.

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  • Scholarships

MHA's 2019 Annual Workforce Report

MHA's 2019 workforce report focuses on the health care workforce and frames MHA's economic development initiative. The first part of this report includes an analysis of Missouri’s current hospital workforce from MHA’s annual workforce survey, which compiles data from 135 Missouri hospitals. The second part examines the health care workforce needs through 2030. Along with the report, workforce data – collected by MHA-member hospitals, and 13 Kansas and six Illinois hospitals – are represented in 10 region-specific reports.

2019 Regional Reports

MHA's 2018 Annual Workforce Report

MHA's 2018 workforce report and 10 region-specific reports find increased turnover rates among the majority of the health care positions surveyed, while vacancies decreased for several positions. The report includes data from 144 hospitals and identifies trends among 25 hospital-based positions and five clinic and physician practice positions.

2018 Regional Reports

2018 Primary Care Physicians: Missouri Workforce Update

Primary care is the gateway to improving individual, community and population health. As the population ages, significant investment and policy changes are necessary to meet the growth in demand for health care services, especially in rural areas of Missouri. This report provides a snapshot of the primary care landscape in the state, and identifies the need to strengthen this critical component of Missouri's workforce.

2019 Missouri Nursing Workforce Report

This report describes nursing workforce in Missouri based on data provided by the Missouri Division of Professional Registration Board of Nursing and Nursys®.

Missouri State Board of Nursing 2019 Annual Report

This report includes facts about nursing education statistics, nursing programs, average age of nurses, complaint categories and financial information.

Snapshot of Missouri's Health Care Workforce

This report lists facts about occupational projections, nursing age distribution, primary care and various high-demand positions.

American Association of Colleges of Nursing-State Snapshot

This report includes data for Missouri nursing enrollment and graduation, registered nurses, and program funding.

Nursing Supply and Demand Through 2020

This report describes the driving factors impacting the supply and demand of the nursing workforce.

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

*NEW: Rethinking the Workforce: Strategies for Establishing a Volunteer Nurse Program Webinar

As workforce shortages continue to challenge the health care industry, volunteer nurses can help. Volunteer nurses take on many different roles in caring for patients. Regardless of specific duties, volunteer nurses are given the freedom to devote extended amounts of time to one patient, if needed. This flexibility allows volunteer nurses to deliver one-on-one direct patient care – the reason many individuals originally joined the nursing profession. Registration is required to view the complementary webinar. Webinar |

A Toolkit for Registered Apprenticeship in Healthcare

Health care employers are turning to Registered Apprenticeships to address the projected talent shortfall and evolving trends. Registered Apprenticeship is a job that combines workplace learning with job-related instruction tailored to organizational need. Registered Apprenticeship programs are helping to educate and up-skill thousands of workers in America’s health care industry.  

Health Career Pathways Initiative

The Missouri Hospital Association’s Health Career Pathways Initiative is focused on aligning workforce planning in each region of the state. This involves developing partnerships to discuss collaborative efforts to build our health care workforce pipeline at a regional level, coordinated by MHA. The partnership brings stakeholders together to address the gap between workforce supply and demand, and to create health care career pathways.

This initiative connects hospital human resources professionals with a network that prioritizes workforce needs, leverages resources, and delivers services and programs that prepare qualified workers. The network also includes academic institutions, chambers of commerce, community providers, governmental agencies and local workforce development agencies.

Missouri Department of Social Services

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.

Healthcare Industry Training and Education - HITE


HPOG Videos

  • Various HPOG employer partners share success stories and information on what they look for in potential employees and how HPOG participants fill those needs.
  • This video helps provide encouragement and information to potential participants while highlighting the program's vital role in supporting participants from enrollment to employment.
  • 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.

Central Region HPOG Flyers

St. Louis Region 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