The Value of Nurses
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - As Omicron numbers increase, the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center is looking at compensation to make sure nurses and staff stay happy.
“Other than bonusing our nurses here in our organization and really looking at how can we increase the benefits and have really good benefits that entice them to stay here. Looking to try to find ways to just make this a comfortable environment for them to work so that they feel supported feel like they are part of the family and want to stay because of that,” said Tracy Garcia, Chief Nursing Officer and V.P. of Clinical Services.
As Covid-19 numbers rise nationally, nursing shortages make it harder to recruit nurses where they are needed.
CRMC currently has 99 travel nurses on staff.
Travel-pay rates have doubled since the beginning of the pandemic, causing many nurses to travel to increase their income.
CRMC is evaluating benefits and compensation to keep medical staff local to provide competitive rates.
“‘It’s going to be very important for the future of health care to have nurses stay in the nursing profession so that we can continue to take care of the world,” said Garcia.
Also, due to labor shortages, there are 10 national guard members currently stationed at the hospital. They are working in non-clinical positions to help out.
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