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Need for nurses in Indiana during pandemic raises their prospects for higher pay

Indiana’s rise in cases means there is a need
for traveling nurses here in Indiana. In fact,

Hundreds of those positions are open across
the state right now. News8 David joining us

now. The president of Indiana’s hospital association
said increasing hospitalizations are putting

a strain on hospitals which creates staffing
shortages in Indiana and around the country.

Our hospitals are being inundated with COVID
patients. Indiana’s Hospital Association president

said staffing shortages are leading to dramatic
increases in the cost of staffing as hospitals

find themselves sometimes competing with facilities
in other states as they try to attract and

attain nursing staff. Indiana was already
in the midst of a staffing shortage, of a

nursing shortage and so right now with the
surge in COVID the need for travel nurses

is of course even greater travel nurses typically
work short term 6-13 week contracts to fill

needs at hospitals, I checked NurseFly.com
and found nearly 1,000 open travel positions

in Indiana, the site says hospitals across
the country need your help to fight COVID-19,

more than 800 of these Indiana positions have
a start date of As Soon As Possible. Stacey

president of the Indiana Emergency Nurses
Association and works to recruit international

traveling nurses, she knows quite a few traveling
nurses in Indiana, fighting COVID-19. There’s

no restrictions on what they are allowed to
do in the hospital, so they are being placed

in the direct line of the front lines with
the regular hired nurses. I browsed hundreds

of open Indiana travel nurse positions with an estimated
weekly pay anywhere from $2,300 on up to $5,000

a week. Right now, the need is so great that
hospitals are willing to pay alot more money,

In all honesty, I’ve even got an email directly
from a hospital, not a travel agency asking

for nurses that they would pay $100 an hour.
Brian Tabor, President of the Indiana Hospital

Association sent news8 a statement that says
in part “Our healthcare hereos are our most

valuable resource and the sooner we slow the
spread of COVID-19, the sooner we can give

our frontline workers some much needed relief.

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