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FNS Photo by Dave Wallis Kelly Robinson, right, a registered nurse who works on a medical-surgical floor at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, gives a nursing report to Hannah Oswald, clinical care supervisor. Robinson joined Sanford from Hawaii because she was able to work in a hospital setting after graduating. Sanford is actively recruiting nurses, offering sign-up bonuses for some positions and experience levels, in the midst of an ongoing nursing shortage.

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FARGO — Kelly Robinson found that the shortcut to launching her nursing career involved moving 3,800 miles from Honolulu to here.

She learned of opportunities for registered nurses at Sanford Health in Fargo. Because she could work immediately as a nurse, without a year’s stint as a nursing assistant, a common requirement on the West Coast, she uprooted after graduation.

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Patrick Springer
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