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Nursing shortage hurts Chenango

NORWICH – A nationwide shortage of nurses has hit the county’s Public Health department hard. Five have left for higher-paying nursing positions elsewhere, and one of the vacancies has remained open all year.

Chenango County and the nurses union recently ratified a contract that raised the base rate from $16.50 to $19.50 an hour. Department director Marcus Flindt told lawmakers in committee last month that the increase should help with advertising efforts, but that the county’s pay rate is in the medium to low range when compared to other institutions.

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