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The use of travel nurses — and their pay rates

Clinical staff work the telemetry floor, a cardiac monitoring unit, Thursday afternoon, April 14, 2022, at Baton Rouge General Hospital in Baton
Rouge, La. ORG XMIT: BAT22041 41652500076
Posted at 3:37 PM, Apr 16, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-16 16:38:30-04

About a month before the world turned upside down in 2020, Baylie Panzarello made a career move that would prove fortuitous.

Tired of waiting behind more experienced nurses to advance in her career, Panzarello gave up working as a staff nurse in Baton Rouge to give travel nursing a shot. Travel nurses, also known as agency or contract nurses, are registered nurses who can trek across the country to fill workforce needs. They typically earn higher rates than staffers.

Two years later — even after enduring the COVID-19 pandemic in ICUs from Baton Rouge to Boston — Panzarello doesn’t see herself going back to a staff job. The pay is too high to turn down.

From what Panzarello has seen, she’s not alone.

The Full article can be viewed HERE.

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