Nursing shortage hits Health Dept. hard

NORWICH – Chenango County’s lower than average pay rate for registered nurses coupled with a nationwide shortage is making it difficult for Public Health Department officials to fill open positions.

The current rate, adopted in 2000, is $16.90 an hour as opposed to the region’s average rate of $19.20. Public Health Director Marcus Flindt recommended that the rate should be bumped up in the near future. “You’ve all heard about the nursing shortage. Well, we really feel like we are getting into it now,” he said.

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