Healthcare industry strikes are a bit different than when other industries strike, considering that sick patients cannot wait out a job action and the stakes are people’s health. These patients need care when they need it, and not receiving it can literally mean life or death. Nurse strike staffing is crucial to helping them!
Nurses are such an integral piece of a health system that when they strike they must be subbed for immediately in order to maintain patient care. In theater they say “The show must go on.” Similarly in healthcare, the nursing must go on! And, it must go on with skilled, trained, certified travel nurses. Those already familiar with the hit-the-ground-running nature of travel nursing are especially suited for nurse strike staffing.
Nurse strikes may occur due to a number of factors: concerns regarding hospital/workplace safety (of nurses and/or patients), work environment in terms of stress, benefits and/or pay disagreements, and other reasons. As a fellow nurse, you may be unsure if you want to become a strike worker. But most nurses value patient care so highly they feel strongly the need to step in and maintain patient care while the perm staff and their administration work out whatever dispute is on the table. Travel nurses are very helpful when it comes to nurse strike staffing. They are used to adapting quickly to new environments and can easily come right in and cover patient needs while the job action comes to its conclusion. Then, when perm staff is ready to return, the positions have only been temporarily filled and may still be available for them.
There are several travel nurse staffing companies, but when it comes to nurse strike staffing there are a few companies who directly specialize in this area:
Nurse strike staffing companies don’t just put any nurse in any position, but work carefully to match nurses to jobs keeping in mind the needs of the hospitals and their patients, as well as the travel staff.
In your travel nurse career, have you ever worked a strike? What was your experience?