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How can hospital systems in poor states afford to attract travel nurses if there's a Coronavirus outbreak in very large numbers?


Specializes in Psych. Has 5 years experience.

The Northeast and West Coast are wealthy, populous regions of the country. Their hospital systems can afford to pay nurses a lot to travel there to help out. What would states like Oklahoma and Arkansas do if there's a severe nursing shortage there? How can they hope to pay nurses $5k a week like New York systems can?


Has 43 years experience.

They can't. Small hospitals are more vulnerable. But large over leveraged profit - I mean health centers are also needing federal dollars to manage this.

The pay scale for nurses spans a wide range, and there have been numerous polls here at AllNurses in the past with the data.