SIOUX FALLS, SD – Travel Nurses. They are healthcare professionals, reinforcements who were instrumental in helping understaffed nursing staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

And you probably haven’t even heard of it.

While not every short-term caregiver makes big bucks, high paychecks are possible, especially when health systems are desperate for help. At some point that year, a health system in South Dakota was looking for critical care, crisis response nurses and offering more than $ 6,000 a week.

On the latest episode of The Health Variant podcast, presenter and NewsMD health correspondent Jeremy Fugleberg speaks to Professor Joshua Gottlieb, Associate Professor and Nursing Researcher at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicagofor answers on why traveling nurses are so important and why they are highest dollar can be paid for what they do.

Also discussed: Gottliebs Proposal to compensate health workers for the provision of vaccines, potential incentives to vaccinate more people, increase office hours, and other steps.



“The Health Variant” deals with health issues that are important to the region such as fitness, COVID-19, cannabis and telemedicine, introduces listeners to places and people they need to know and offers behind-the-scenes coverage.

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For comments or suggested topics for podcast episodes, contact Fugleberg at jfugleberg@forumcomm.com or on Twitter: @jayfug.