It has been suggested that in rural settings, the primary difficulty that faces nursing administrators is recruitment of registered nurses (RNs). This study examines the impact of recruitment strategies and barriers by comparing and contrasting corresponding RN full-time equivalent (FTE) vacancy rates. Data were gathered from a multistate telephone survey of directors of nursing (DONs) practicing in rural hospitals, skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), and public health settings (N = 556, response rate = 89.5%). The investigators found that DONs who perceived scheduling amenities and autonomy enhancements corresponded with RN FTE vacancy rates that were most reduced from the mean of the overall sample. Regarding recruitment barriers, geographic locale/isolation and job-related factors corresponded with RN FTE vacancy rates that were most elevated from the overall sample mean.