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Rural Health
News by Topic: Nurses

Oct 21, 2021 - Discusses the traveling nurse workforce and the benefits and challenges for rural hospitals that hire temporary staff. Describes the financial impacts of nursing staff and recruitment efforts in rural areas.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Oct 13, 2021 - Video report on nursing shortages and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on those shortages, focusing on the rural Hendry Regional Medical Center in Clewiston, Florida. Offers perspectives of nurses and emergency department leadership, and addresses burnout related to COVID-19 patient care and the role of traveling nurses in filling staffing needs.
Source: PBS News Hour
Sep 28, 2021 - Discusses the assistance that traveling nurses offer to rural hospitals that are experiencing nursing shortages, but notes the high cost and long-term financial challenges of responding to the shortage. Describes the increase in early career nurses taking careers as traveling nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: WGEM
Sep 15, 2021 - Describes how the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing nursing workforce shortages in rural hospitals.
Source: NBC News
Sep 1, 2021 - Highlights nurse workforce shortages in rural hospitals and the challenges of recruiting nurses in the face of the COVID-19 Delta variant. Discusses state legislative actions to respond to staffing shortages, hiring incentives, and salary increases. Notes that 60% of areas that experience shortages of health professionals are rural.
Source: Stateline, Pew Charitable Trusts