Health variant: why traveling nurses matter (and make a lot of money)

SIOUX FALLS, SD – Traveling nurses. They are healthcare freelancers, backups who have been crucial in helping understaffed nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

And you probably haven’t even heard of it.

While not all short-term mobile nurses make a lot of money, big paychecks are possible, especially when health systems are in desperate need of help. At one point this year, a South Dakota health care system was looking for intensive care, crisis intervention nurses, and was offering over $ 6,000 a week.

In the latest episode of “The Health Variant” podcast, NewsMD Health host and correspondent Jeremy Fugleberg speaks with Professor Joshua Gottlieb, Associate Professor and Nursing Researcher at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, for answers on why mobile nurses are so important and why they can be paid dearly for what they do.

Also discussed: Gottlieb’s proposal to compensate healthcare workers for providing vaccines, potentially prompting them to vaccinate more people, extend office hours, and other milestones.

“The Health Variant” explores health topics important to the region, such as fitness, COVID-19, cannabis and telehealth, introduces listeners to must-see places and people, and offers behind-the-scenes reporting.

NewsMD is a brand of Forum Communications focusing on health and healthcare reporting primarily in the Upper Midwest, including coverage of industry news, research, trends, technology, economic and political issues.

The “The Health Variant” podcast is available on major podcast apps, including:

For comments or suggestions for topics for podcast episodes, contact Fugleberg at [email protected] or on Twitter: @jayfug.

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