How hospital workforce challenges fared in Florida in 2023

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While Florida hospitals continue to see a nursing shortage, significant advances were made in 2023, according to data from the Florida Hospital Association.


The nursing vacancy rate in 2023 was 13%, which is a vast improvement from 2022, when nursing vacancies in the state were at 21%. This is also below the national vacancy level of 16%.

While this was a marked improvement over 2022, it is still slightly above historical figures. Dating back to 1990, the vacancy rate typically hovered around 6% to 7%, with a low of 4% in 2009 and a high of 12% in 1990.

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