UPMC TO ADD 800 TRAVELING NURSES TO HELP FILL STAFFING VOIDS

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center says it will soon add some eight-hundred nurses to its traveling nurse program. It says the additional staff will not only help the system-wide nursing shortage, but also help staff not get burned out from working so many hours during COVID. The organization’s chief nurse executive Holly Lorenz says the goal is to keep nurses, recruit new nurses and bring back those who have left.  UPMC says it believes it’s the first health system in the country to launch its own staffing agency.