Maine hospitals are facing shortages in the availability of qualified staff. These shortages are particularly acute with respect to clinical staff, where the aging of the workforce and the increased statewide competition for staff have significantly challenged hospitals in their efforts to recruit and retain qualified, experienced healthcare professionals. This problem is exacerbated as hospitals strive to ensure that quality care is delivered in a time of enormous change. MHA is working to identify and address the nature and the severity of these staffing shortages, and to develop a concrete, targeted response to assist its members to react positively to these challenges.