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Rise of the 'traveler'

By The Albuquerque Journal  
   November 29, 2021

If you're a patient at a New Mexico hospital, the odds are better than usual that your nurse or caregiver is working at the hospital on a temporary basis.

To meet patient needs and keep staffing levels high during the latest uptick in COVID-19 cases, hospitals across the state have over the past several months become increasingly reliant on traveling nurses – nurses from around the country who take temporary positions at hospitals and other medical facilities to help address staffing shortages

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