OZARK, Ala. (WTVY) -- Dale Medical Center currently is looking for part-time and full-time nurses to fill fifteen vacant positions.
Leaders there say they are having a hard time especially when they have to compete against larger nearby hospitals.
Chief Nursing Director Donna Calloway said, “Nursing is more diversified than it used to be getting a nurse to come work at the bedside is harder to do and it's even harder in a small rural hospital than some of our large metropolitan hospitals. "
Unfilled positions are leading to greater costs for the hospital as they are forced to hire traveling nurses which come at a price.
"We would much prefer to have those full-time nurses in our facility but to be able to provide the care around the clock we do bring in travel nurses when needed.”
This is just one hurdle the hospital is trying to get over another is adapting to the constant change in the nursing field.
Registered Nurse Ginger Tanner said, "While there were paperwork and red tape more time was spent at the bedside taking care of the patients as I went through my career you got a lot more openings. Home health hospice specializes care and nurses are tending to get away from the bedside."
Although the medical center is a small hospital there doing everything they can to bring in local nurses to care for patients.
For those opting to work in a smaller setting, there is a difference.
"We treat our employees as family and I can tell you we know your name we know who you are and we care about you."
For more information on how you can apply at dalemedical.org.