Rural versus Urban: Tennessee Health Administrators’ Strategies on Recruitment and Retention for Radiography

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There is a growing interest in understanding recruitment, retention, and turnover of allied health professionals in consideration of employment trends and workforce mobility, an increased need to understand the healthcare delivery system and the dynamic nature of the allied health workforce, especially for rural areas. A survey was sent to allied health administrators across a variety of allied health disciplines from the state of Tennessee hospitals in order to gauge opinions on retention and recruitment strategies. Overall, successful strategies for recruitment and retention of radiography professionals were reported, as well as, differences between urban and rural areas, differences among allied health disciplines, perceptions of strategy effectiveness, and key strategies for rural allied health recruitment.