February 22, 2022
  • Rural hospital officials who expected COVID-19 vaccine mandates to cause a staffing crisis reported that they have lost just a fraction of their staff solely to the requirement. However, they also say that they are still facing significant staffing shortages – the result of longstanding recruitment and retention challenges exacerbated by pandemic-era burnout – and some were only able to comply with the mandate because they granted so many medical and religious exemptions. Many hospitals are filling the open jobs with traveling hospital workers who are stressing their budgets. (Article here)