Wisconsin Public Radio: Wisconsin’s hospitals are relying heavily on travel nurses and paying top dollar to staff their institutions

Wisconsin Public Radio: Wisconsin’s hospitals are relying heavily on travel nurses and paying top dollar to staff their institutions

As new cases of COVID-19 rise to levels not seen since January, Wisconsin hospitals are hiring more temporary staff than they did during the surge last fall and winter.

“This is another dynamic that has been greatly exacerbated this time around,” said Wisconsin Hospital Association President and CEO Eric Borgerding. “The price of agency staff is going through the roof.”

On average, acute care travel nurses can make between $55 to $110 per hour depending on the acuity of their patients, location and specialty they’re servicing, said Premier Medical Staffing Services owner Laura Hanoski.

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