Wisconsin’s health care workforce experienced unprecedented vacancy rates in 2021, according to a new report from the Wisconsin Hospital Association released Wednesday.

The report primarily attributes the trend to an aging workforce and a wave of resignations and retirements influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our health care workforce has shouldered an enormous professional, mental and emotional burden over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. They are understandably drained. They have cared for us through extremely challenging circumstances and at a time when their own ranks were depleted by illness and burnout,” said WHA Senior Vice President of Workforce and Clinical Practice Ann Zenk in a statement.

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