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Oklahoma nurse finds herself helping out in Wrangell


October 14, 2021

Sarah Aslam

Melissa Curttright is a traveling nurse from Oklahoma City assigned to the clinic at Wrangell Medical Center as part of a state COVID-19 program to help with staffing at health care facilities around Alaska.

Melissa Curttright has been a registered nurse for 16 years - the past two weeks in Wrangell.

Like so many other hospital workers, the pandemic changed her plans. The 52-year-old RN from Oklahoma City said she saw 75% of her hospital's intensive-care unit staff leave, and then she took to the road.

She's been traveling now for almost a year. Wrangell is her latest assignment through SnapNurse, an Atlanta-based nurse staffing agency, after Los Angeles.

Alaska has contracted with an Atlanta company to send as many as 470 health care professionals to the state to help with the strain of high C...

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