DENVER (KDVR) – A simple Google search for “traveling nursing jobs – Denver” will highlight the need for hospitals and outpatient facilities in Colorado for nurses and other staff.
Nurses who choose to travel to work say the profession is lucrative.
“I almost doubled the amount I earned in Ohio, especially from a double direct pay rise as soon as I signed up for travel nursing,” said Austin Jeffers, a travel nurse in Arizona.
Jeffers said he has just received his license for Colorado and looks set to take a nursing job in the Denver subway or mountain areas soon. His first travel nursing job was in Lubbock, Texas, and he has now worked a few times in Phoenix.
“I hope that with Colorado it will be year two, maybe I can settle down in a nursing job,” Jeffers said.
But he said right now that he has no obligations anywhere, being a travel nurse is a great concert, and he said more full-time nurses see the benefits of the temporary jobs.
“There’s an influx of nurses who become travelers, which also creates such a need, so it’s a circle of hospitals dumping money on travel nurses instead of paying their staff nurses,” Jeffers said.
The majority of traveling nursing jobs are a maximum of three months and can take people across the country, if not the world, to work.
Jeffers said, however, that there are some falls. He has to pay more for health insurance and he does not get a committed 401K through work.
“I think hospitals should encourage staff nurses to stay. You do not want a hospital full of travel nurses, ”Jeffers said.
Dan Weaver with UCHealth responded to the growing demand:
“Travel nurses are definitely needed right now. UCHealth hospitals care about 20% more patients than usual, which means we have about 20% more clinical shifts to fill. Travel nurses help fill in the gap, along with our staff of nurses and other staff who are on extra shifts. However – travel nurses are also expensive for hospitals. Due to the demand, travel nurses and their organizations can get very high hourly rates. ”
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