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Nursing shortage improves in Florida, data shows

ORLANDO, Fla. — New data shows a major shortage in the nursing industry is on a rebound.

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The shortage stretched hospital staff thin in Florida and the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As COVID cases rose, many nurses left the industry or retired early.

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They blamed exhaustion, burnout, and inadequate pay.

In just the last year there has been a 38% decrease in vacancy rates for nurses.

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The Florida Hospital Association credits schools for graduating more nurses, and the state’s commitment to recruit more nurses to move to Florida.

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