Nurse Retention and Recruitment Blog: Rural Nurses in High Demand

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, February 1st, 2012

The healthcare field is highly concerned with the looming nursing shortage, especially in rural areas. Many nursing professionals are getting older and retiring and there are not enough nurses to fill the open positions.nursing professionals

Marquette University’s College of Nursing chose three providers in the United States to help work on the three-year grant project known as SOAR-RN (Supporting Onboarding and Retention of Rural Nurses).  This grant will come up with a pipeline to take in enough students to meet the future demand for the need in rural areas.

There are two major challenges that rural nursing professionals face that SOAR-RN has taken into account:

1. They must be generalists and know about a variety of medical conditions they may encounter on a day-to-day basis.

2.  They are required to treat patients with fewer resources. Rural nurses are forced to get creative with the limited resources they have, or must stretch resources, while still being focused on four-star care.

SOAR-RN will encourage experienced nursing professionals to mentor up-and-coming nurses and give them the skills they need to thrive in a rural setting.

Are you a nurse working in a rural area, or do you know one? Please comment with the challenges you are facing at your facility.

To learn more of my nurse recruitment and nurse retention strategies and/or to have me speak at your facility to improve morale, retention and recruitment, contact me.


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