The State of the Travel Nursing Profession as the COVID-19 Pandemic Roars On

As the country continues to experience a surge in COVID-19 cases and brace for the vaccine to be mass-distributed, nurses have remained at the forefront of patient care, serving as our essential heroes. These frontline professionals have experienced the joy in witnessing recovery, but also in unfortunately mourning the loss of many as well. To date, the pandemic has infected nearly 25 million, including having claimed the lives of over 400,000, in the U.S., alone.

In such an unsettling time, our nurses have gone above and beyond. However, the war against the pandemic is still ongoing, but the vaccine is currently circulating and becoming more readily available to the general population. Most healthcare workers were the first to receive it in powering through to provide care to patients.

Healthcare Professionals Begin Receiving First COVID-19 Vaccines

Nurses are regularly exposed to the virus and their presence in both standalone and multi-hospital systems is vital to keep the healthcare system operating. Our frontline healthcare professionals are our top line of defense against this deadly pandemic. Plus, should nurses or doctors contract the virus, a workforce of nearly 21 million, and pass it to patients, the ending would be catastrophic.

While our resilient healthcare personnel will be first in line, essential workers in critical industries will be next, followed by those at high risk for COVID-19, because of underlying medical conditions and those 65-years-old and up. Any vaccine, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is sought to decrease death and serious disease as much as possible.

To the dismay of some healthcare workers, unless there is a medical exception or an exemption based on religious or philosophical ideals, all must have the vaccine to reduce the chance of transmitting the virus. This is a heated topic among the medical industry, but stopping the virus is top priority.

For more information on CDC protocol regarding COVID-19, click HERE.

Hospitals and Medical Facilities are Competing for Supplemental Staff

From the beginning of the pandemic, some nurses have since retired, while scaled-back hospitals are struggling to ensure critically ill patients are cared for. Some systems are even training staffs in areas in which they have limited experience. All the while, most are seeking to fill the gaps with short-term travel nurses. Positions currently in high demand include intensive care unit (ICU), telemetry and specialty positions, like, operating room nurses and surgical techs. Before embarking, registered nurses are encouraged to be open to new assignments, consider new clinical atmospheres, possess a willingness to ‘float’ among multiple units and have all certifications at the ready.

Travel nurses love the freedom of taking new and exciting 13-week assignments with the ability to tour the country in providing care for patients. At MedPro Healthcare Staffing, we have an extensive network of countrywide clients with numerous placement opportunities. We are currently seeking RNs, LPNs, Med/Surg, ICU, emergency and operating room caregivers.

Are you located in South Florida and actively seeking corporate employment? Do you have healthcare or sales experience? If so, MedPro offers an extensive and comprehensive employment package to our nursing recruiters. Apply HERE.

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Author: Michael Stagno

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