MOUNTAIN VIEW, Mo. (KY3) – As the number of coronavirus cases rises, some hospitals are recruiting mobile nurses to help care for patients, but the price of these nurses is rising, straining health centers rural. a traveling nurse who came from Georgia to work at Mercy St. Francis in Mountain View. “Nurses are getting smarter and wiser about how they take on these contracts because they are learning ‘well that’s what happened when I took this contract the first time I didn’t. don’t want to start over ‘or’ maybe this time I’ll be a little smarter and weigh exactly what the benefits are ‘because you can’t just be wowed by this financial increase from these expensive contracts, “At the start of the pandemic, Swann wasn’t getting many travel contracts, so when the one with Mercy St. Francis became available, she said she knew she had to take it. Swann says the salary was a bonus but the location of his work was instrumental in making h “Is the financial gain worth it? Are you going to be there to profit from the money you have earned because you are putting your health at risk,” Swann says “It all comes down to your own safety standards.” L Mercy St. Francis administrator Cindy Weatherford says in As the coronavirus began, nurses left the hospital because they could earn more money by going to other health centers. The hospital now has five travel nurses to fill gaps in its staffing. “The prices we pay for travel nurses have skyrocketed now,” Weatherford says. “It’s actually double now what it was before COVID and it can be a struggle for a small rural facility to try and make sure we are able to maintain the staff in our units and pay these really high costs for travel nurses. However, it’s not just rural hospitals that hire itinerant nurses. Karen Kramer, executive director of CoxHealth Springfield Hospital, says the hospital is looking for more nurses to open its new COVID-19 unit. “Every month we have to review what we are willing to pay and adjust our prices to stay competitive. to get help here, “says Kramer. Swann says that no matter where she goes, her goal as a nurse remains the same.” Our number one job as nurses is to protect you and when we say that we’re going to protect you, we’re going to keep you safe, ”Swann says. Copyright 2020 KY3. All rights reserved.