In an effort to combat the travel of some nurses on business trips, more and more hospitals across the country are offering in-house nursing programs. Like traditional nursing outreach contracts through recruitment agencies, these in-house visiting nurse programs offer short-term contracts, high salaries, and sometimes limited benefits.
Designed to attract healthcare workers to hard-to-reach areas and offering the same high wages as a field nurse job, hospitals are hoping they can retain local staff and ultimately reduce the costs they will be forced to pay to visiting nursing agencies. For example, Bronson Healthcare in Kalamazoo, Michigan, recently announced the launch of its domestic travel contract program for both nurses and other healthcare professionals.
“These positions are attractive to anyone who is interested in a higher base salary while forgoing many traditional health and wellness benefits – such as nurses who are still eligible for health insurance for their parents or guardians, or those who are already is insured through the spouse’s employer. Denise Neely, BSN, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and chief nurse of Bronson Healthcare, said in a press release.
In late 2021, UPMC also launched the Traveling Nursing Program, starting with over 800 open positions.
Large hospital systems are starting to launch a visiting nurse program in several states and large geographic areas. For example,
- Mercy Health System has a four-state system (over 40 hospitals and over 40,000 employees) that piloted its program in Springfield, Missouri, and has now expanded to four states.
- The Advent Health Domestic Nurse Travel program is offered at their hospitals in all states: Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, Texas, Wisconsin.
- UC Health Colorado, the visiting nurse program is available at all UCHealth hospitals. This includes hospitals throughout northern Colorado, southern Colorado, and the Denver metro area.
- OSF HealthCare has 14 hospitals in Illinois, all with in-house visiting nurse programs.
There are numerous lists of hospitals on social media that may (or may not) offer domestic travel contracts for medical professionals. Nurse.org was able to verify this list of hospitals directly with the hospital representatives themselves.
List of Hospitals Offering Domestic Travel Nursing Programs
The benefits of a hospital offering travel care programs can be significant – it can give applicants the opportunity to “try out” the hospital, or even current employees to try out different parts of the hospital without a complete change of facility or layoffs. It can also be ideal for parents or caregivers who cannot commit to a long-term job.
Mercy Health System
Honor Health, Phoenix, Arizona