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Link: Nursing pay one factor in vets home wait list

You can bet it is tough to keep nurses on staff in Missouri’s veterans homes when they can go to the hospital up the street and make a lot more money.

Veterans Commission Director Colonel Grace Link says that plays a role in those veterans who are still on a waiting list.

“We’ve really taken a really strong look at this list to ensure that the people on the list really require 24-hour skilled nursing care.”

Link says the commission is working to cut internal costs and funnel more of those resources to caregiver salaries. Currently, some 400 veterans are waiting for a space in one of the state’s seven veterans homes. Link says she now has to make sure that only veterans who need 24-hour care are on that list.

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