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Wisconsin Nurses Assoc. optimistic for retention in wake of travel nurse contract battles

Madison, Wisconsin (WMTV) – Travel Nurse claims agencies have cut contracts by nearly 50% in recent months, in some cases. The Wisconsin Nurses Association hopes more nurses will stay in the state as controversy continues over lower wages for traveling nurses.

WNA Executive Director Gina Dennik-Champion said: “We’re really excited about these people and how we know we really need to help them succeed.”

Dennik-Champion believes issues with several national travel nursing agencies outlined in a recent NBC report could lead to better talent retention in Wisconsin, an area of ​​recent concern for the WNA. increase. According to the report, lawsuits filed against the four agencies allege they engaged in a “bait and switch” that forced them to take nurses’ contracts at higher wages before slashing contracts. It claims to offer

Dennik-Champion says it’s an opportunity to draw traveling nurses into Wisconsin’s healthcare system and bring long-term support to understaffed hospitals. She says that salary increases may help bring in a new wave of RNs, but they want more.

“They want flexibility. Salary isn’t the number one reason they want it. “There are also some other benefits that they appreciate.”

She adds that traveling nurses also tend to be young. This means that a new wave of RNs from that field will strengthen the state’s next generation of nurses.

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