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Strike Staffing for Travel Nurses

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SONY DSCHealthcare 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:

Healthsource Global Staffing

Nursebridge (a division of Medical Solutions)

U.S. Nursing Corporation

Huffmaster Healthcare Strikes

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?

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About the Author:

Hi, I'm Sarah Wengert, a creative content writer for the amazing Medical Solutions based in Omaha, Nebraska. While I'm not a travel nurse, I love to travel and I truly appreciate the hard, important work that nurses do. I'm very happy to represent a company that cares so much about its people. Thanks for reading!

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  1. Martha Lutz says:

    Warning Healthsource global is TERRIBLE! They are very disorganized and you never talk to the same person twice. The wait times yo talk to a recruiter are unreal too. I was told they were booking my flight and if I was there before 8 p_m the day before orientation they could fingerprint me and get my license for work 2 days later. It was the night before I was supposed to leave and I still didn’t have my itinerary so I called and found out all information previously given to me was incorrect. I work full time and took off work to work the strike. It cost me money to take time off. They were very unapologetic and did not even have the decency to contact me and let me know that I could not work the strike. I will never do am assignment or recommend anyone to do an assignment with them. They are VERY SUBPAR!

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