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Travel nurse Katherine Hall lives in an RV with her husband and blogs about their experience on the Instagram account hitched_and_halling. While she’s at work, he works remotely from the RV.

Tens of thousands of travel nurses cycle between hot spots, adjusting to new work settings, different co-workers, unfamiliar assignments and long hours, but after more than a year of witnessing unrelenting death and risking their own exposure on the front lines, some travel nurses are burning out. Read more»

Arizona hospitals are rationing and ordering workers to reuse protective equipment like masks, gowns and eyewear in an attempt to head off shortages expected with the surge in COVID-19 patients in the state. Read more»

Robin Schaeffer, executive director of the Arizona Nurses Association, which represents 80,000 Arizona nurses, worries that the current struggles faced by many nursing graduates will lead to a shortage when demand for nurses picks up again.

Nursing has long been considered a career with boundless demand, in part due to Arizona’s rapid growth, but recent years have seen a tightening job market. Experts, educators and leaders in the field of nursing point to the economic downturn, a state mandate that colleges and universities turn out more nurses and changes in the nature of health care as reasons. Read more»

With three children, Jessy Bellerose, right, who graduated recently from the University of Arizona’s Master’s Entry into the Profession of Nursing in Phoenix, said she relied on help around the house from her mother, Mercedes De Leon, at left.

Watching nurses care for her father after he had a stroke compelled Jessy Bellerose to rethink her career after 10 years as a elementary school teacher. Now, only 15 months after she began her coursework to become a registered nurse, Bellerose is studying for her licensing exam and seeking a job taking care of babies in an intensive care nursery. Read more»

A new report claims as many as 500,000 healthcare jobs – more than 9.800 in Arizona – could be lost next year if looming Medicare budget cuts are allowed to take effect. Click on the interactive map to see losses by state, with the hardest-hit in red, followed by yellow, green, blue and purple.

Arizona could lose more than 9,800 health-care and other jobs next year if a 2 percent cut in Medicare takes effect Jan. 2 as part of the $1.2 trillion federal budget “sequestration,” a new report claims. Read more»