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Rural Nurses Needed

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, October 12th, 2009

ruralI grew up on a farm in Iowa and still go back 5-6 times a year to my “roots.”  Because many of my family members are cared for in rural hospitals, I’m acutely aware of the need for nurses in rural community hospitals and other health facilities.

Some have had to down-size their services or reduce care options for short periods of time because they do not have the staff to cover shifts. This is forcing rural health care employers to find creative ways to attract nurses to rural areas.

When I was helping a rural Kansas hospital recruit and retain nurses, they said they “grew their own.” They regularly go into local schools and tell boys and girls about the joys and excitements of nursing. While some  kids still go “to the city” for awhile, they are often draw back to their “roots” and come “home” to care for their community.

For more ways to attract young people to your facility, contact me.

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