Travel nurses have always been a resource for hospitals, Pat Horton, CEO of the Georgia Center for Nursing Excellence, explained. These positions have historically been contracted out to hospitals to fill gaps where needed. But during the pandemic, more nurses picked up their lives to support what was an already existing shortage in the nursing industry. Amid burnout, turnover, and nurses retiring in the wake of COVD-19, the need for available nurses increased as did the need for travelers. The average pay for a traveling nurse has risen from roughly $1,000 to $2,000 per week before the pandemic to $3,000 to $5,000 since before the pandemic, the Associated Press reports.
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