A year and a half into the COVID-19 pandemic, Rhode Island hospital workers are leaving in droves, data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows.

In this 12 on 12 Digital Original, Target 12 Investigators Tolly Taylor and Sarah Guernelli uncover just how dire the situation has become at the state’s hospitals, why it’s particularly severe for nurses, and how the staffing shortage has impacted patient care.

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Reporter – Tolly Taylor and Sarah Guernelli
Photographers/Editors – Tolly Taylor, Sarah Guernelli, Nick Blair
Graphic Designer – Lisa Mandarini

Executive Producer – Shaun Towne
Special Thanks – Benjy Renton, Tim White, Lee Dooley, Jen Quinn, Susan Tracy-Durant, Karen Rezendes

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