Travel nurses: a challenging group for certification and monitoring

Hospitals and health systems still find themselves in a desperate search for available front line nurses to relieve the fatigue of their staff. With continuous increases On issues of nurse turnover and recruitment, the reliance on a more mobile workforce continues as hospitalization rates driven by the Covid-19 pandemic continue to decline. It’s easy to see why travel nursing is allure — with rising pay rates and location flexibility, these popular jobs offer fresh and new opportunities to an exhausted workforce. And after two years of a seemingly relentless pandemic, hospitals and health systems are desperate – the demand for these mobile and contract jobs is growing.

According to Proculent Health, a workforce data and technology company cited in a recent Healthcare Deep Dive report, “From January 2020 to [January 2022]Reported pay rates for travel nurses have jumped 67%, with recruiters billing hospitals an additional 28% to 32% over these pay rates.”

However, travel nurses have proven to be a major challenge to ongoing compliance and accreditation control, presenting many challenges for healthcare organizations already dealing with a staffing crisis and ongoing management issues related to the pandemic. With the growing mobile workforce, the travel nursing trend shows no signs of slowing down, and being aware of potential compliance challenges and solutions is critical.

Travel nurse licensing control challenges

As the largest category of licensed caregivers, nurses are the most excluded specialty. High demand and employee turnover mean they are often on the move. Moving between states is a critical strategy for bypassing disciplinary sanctions and exceptions. Due to delays in reporting disciplinary and administrative licensing actions, continuous intelligent exclusion monitoring with data enrichment is the best way to protect your organization and patients from Bad actors benefit From administrative complications and bypassing penalties.

For healthcare and hospital management, it can be difficult to stay on top of every single license plate across the country. Sometimes, it can be difficult enough to verify that the license is valid and effective. It can be a time-consuming manual process, which prevents legitimate talent from providing care as quickly as possible. With patient safety a top priority, the cost of acquiring credentials and licensing verification tied up in a slow process is the ability to provide care at the moment patients need it.

Role of the Nursing License Charter

Monitoring the accreditations and licensing of traveling nurses have their own set of nuances. In addition to the managerial challenges that come with monitoring this mobile workforce, Nurse Licensing Agreement Or the NLC, is a multi-state agreement that allows nurses to practice in any participating country, and it can sometimes be difficult to monitor. Known as one of the most popular and widely supported charters in the country, it enables nurses to move around the country without obtaining any additional licenses. For nurses transitioning from a stressed state to a non-compound state or moving from a non-compounded state to another uncombined state, the process is complicated (to say the least). For this reason, providers should pay close attention when investigating whether travel nurses have the correct license.

Quickly and accurately check licenses for talent on the ground

It is critical to have an ongoing certification and monitoring solution that can monitor state license plates in all 50 states. If a traveling nurse works in a particular hospital, that nurse treats patients on behalf of the providing organization. It is important to add these nurses to your ongoing licensing and exclusion monitoring environment. It is equally important for the solution to ensure that licenses are active and that both online and offline sources are verified. Ensuring that monitoring of authorization and exclusion is part of day-to-day compliance and human resource workflows can help health care organizations easily determine whether their providers are well-positioned and qualified to provide safe health care to their patients.

About ProviderTrust

ProviderTrust simplifies and automates the licensing monitoring process for the best healthcare compliance and HR teams. ProviderTrust provides daily matching results from the primary source. This allows healthcare organizations to focus on their patients, with in-house and contractual staff, while ensuring that credentials are always in good standing. Accessible healthcare does not have to compromise on the level of care.

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