'Travel nurses' help hospitals fill staffing gaps

Numerous healthcare providers are using travel nurses to fill staffing gaps as the job market rebounds, according to Becker's Hospital Review. For example, Georgia's Northside Hospital, facing increasing patient referrals as well as staffing needs at the individual physician practices it has acquired, brought in 50 travel nurses hired through staffing agencies for temporary work periods this year. In addition to allowing hospitals a more flexible staffing model, using travel nurses can be more cost-effective without affecting patient satisfaction scores, according to the article. Article