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Rural hospitals losing hundreds of staff to high-paid traveling nurse jobs

By NBC News  
   September 16, 2021

Some 60 million people across the country's rural areas rely on small local hospitals for medical care. But as the delta variant rages on, the hospitals that provided a lifeline to these communities now find themselves drained of the resources that sustained them: nurses.

A boom in demand for travel nurses, who work short stints at hospitals around the country to fill high-demand positions, has exacerbated a longtime staffing issue, with rural nurses enticed away by salaries that can be almost 10 times what they made in their hometown.

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