‘Internal nurse traveler’ program helping UW Health fill shifts, retain nurses

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UW Health has created an “internal nurse traveler” program aimed at filling open shifts and retaining existing employees. 

Through the program, launched earlier this year, nurses working at UW Health can pick up an extra shift per week for six weeks and get paid an additional $100 per hour above the base pay rate for that shift. 

UW Health Chief Nurse Executive Rudy Jackson says this program is preferable to hiring external traveler nurses, which many employers have relied upon during the pandemic. Traveler nurses are typically paid much more than a standard nurse employee to fill sh...

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