CHI Health announces new travel program for healthcare workers
LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) — Health care facilities across the country are struggling with staffing during the pandemic.
CHI Health is taking this problem into its own hands with a new program. It’s called the Midwest Internal Travel Program, and it shuts out the travel agency while keeping healthcare workers in the CHI system.
CHI said they spent more than $8 million on traveling nurses last February. Before the pandemic, they spent $1.8 million.
This is due to staffing shortages across the country and hospitals relying on travel agents to fill the gaps.
CHI said they had the program on a smaller scale for years and are now expanding it to include nurses and other healthcare workers.
Travelers are full-time employees of CHI and receive benefits and a travel stipend.
“It’s given me the opportunity to do things that you wouldn’t be able to do in a normal position, not even just traveling and staying organized,” said traveling RN, Kate Syzmanski. “So I’ve got my years behind me, I’ve got my experience.”
The program allows travelers to work at CHI’s 28 hospitals for six to 12 weeks.
CHI said it’s a win-win because the program gives travelers opportunities, keeps them in the system, and saves the hospital money.
CHI said they hope to have a pool of 100 traveling staff for nursing, pharmacy, technicians and more. They accept applications from people already employed by CHI, as well as from outside the system.
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