So, the Governor of Alaska allocates $87M in a contract with the GSA to bring in 400 nurses to help with the situation. I thought there was a severe shortage of sickcare personnel due to overwork, low wages, low moral, etc. Where are 400 nurses coming from? Wow, that’s $217K per nurse- good work if you can find it! I’m guessing the nurses- if they can find any- will get a tiny piece of that….Aloha, Steve
My son’s best friend is married to a woman who is an RN. They live in Colorado now but she will be taking a travel assignment in Alaska that is paying over $4K per week. Not bad for a nurse (or almost anyone else for that matter).
Travel nursing actually pays a TON. My sister after she graduated nursing school spent a few years doing travel nursing and paid off her student loans just doing that. It’s a hard isolated life, probably sorta similar to long haul trucking in that sense, because you generally are in a place for a month or three and then move on to the next assignment. Often room & board are provided for as well.
There’s definitely a shortage of nurses, but that’s actually not new. There’s been a shortage in many areas for years. That’s what makes this “vax or get fired” narrative so bizarre, because it makes an existing bad situation worse.
I know someone whose daughter does travel nursing–she actually lives in a van an pockets most of the room and board money. She plans to retire early based on the huge salary she is making…
I read this earlier in the week. It seems if one is a healthcare worker, amenable to being vaccinated, with “have stethoscope – will travel” ambitions, you might have one of the golden tickets Willy always talks about.
During a press briefing with reporters in Rochester Wednesday, Hochul told a group of reporters that she hoped all unvaccinated workers would meet Monday’s deadline to get the jab, or lose their jobs.
For those who continue to resist – including nearly 20% of the state’s hospital and nursing-home workers – they will be replaced. Possibly by foreign workers.
“To those who won’t, we’ll be replacing people. And I have a plan that’s going to be announced very shortly,” she said.
“We’ve identified a whole range of opportunities we have to help supplement them.”
Hochul said state officials were “working closely with various hospital systems to find out where we can get other individuals to come in and supplement places like nursing homes.”
“We’re also reaching out to the Department of State to find out about visas for foreign workers, on a limited basis, to bring more nurses over here,” she said.
Never underestimate your overlords.
Has anyone compared nurses refusing to be unvaxxed is a lot like a union strike? Does anyone remember what happens to scabs (workers who are brought in by management to replace striking workers)?
Have friends here in Fairbanks (interior Alaska) who are RN’s who mention being busy but not greatly more than usual. Who knows.