By Christine Whitmarsh
I recently had the opportunity to interview chief financial officers at several California hospitals for a magazine article I was writing. The subject of discussion was how the country’s, and specifically that state’s, economic challenges are affecting hospital bottom lines.
One thing that struck me, and which as a nurse I definitely appreciated, was that regardless of the economic challenges their hospitals are facing, many of the CFOs specifically singled out nurses as a reason to be optimistic. The executives essentially said that the one thing they don’t have to worry about, no matter how challenging or chaotic things get with the economy, is the quality of healthcare being provided to their patients. It was refreshing to hear how much these financial officers appreciate and respect their nurses as well as the rest of their patient care staff.
The economy and its effect on healthcare is a topic that obviously affects all nurses, but specifically traveling nurses in that travel rns are on the “front lines”. They are typically sent to hospitals with the greatest staffing needs and see a great variety of different hospitals around the country. Travel nurses are also in a unique position to see the varying levels of economic and administrative challenges faced by hospitals in different regions. The advantage for travel nurses is being employed independently by travel nursing companies and therefore being ensured a stable paycheck and benefits. The other good news in the midst of these challenging economic times is that patients can be assured of receiving quality healthcare because of the dedication shown by travel nurses and all nurses to their profession.
Christine Whitmarsh is a Registered Nurse with a BSN from the University of Rhode Island. She is a freelance health journalist and medical writer and a contributor to Travel Nurse Source and Allied Travel Careers.