Recruitment and Retention for Rural Health Facilities

Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub)

Rural communities often face challenges in maintaining an adequate health workforce, making it difficult to provide needed patient care or to meet staffing requirements for their facilities. Recruitment focuses on attracting current health professionals and students to open positions or to future positions, while retention focuses on keeping health care professionals employed in their health care facilities and communities.

This topic guide covers common recruitment and retention issues, including strategies and incentives to help communities attract providers, organizations and programs that support physician recruitment and retention, statistics on vacancies in rural areas and information on incentives that rural facilities might offer to potential employees.