Flexible resources such as float pool nurses
help hospital leaders staff units effectively while also allowing adjustment to the changing needs of the patient population.
NSWNA branch secretary at the hospital, Carolyn Hook, said agency and casual pool nurses
would continue to receive vouchers allowing them to park for $6.
Ordinarily, under our free enterprise system, the amount to be "paid" to agency or pool nurses
will be what the market will bear.
It recognizes the importance of nursing in the overall "care plan," which reduces turnover, increases tenure, and decreases the need to use temporary or pool nurses
Where employers use pool nurses
, they should work with the whole team to ensure both permanent and casual staff are treated fairly and are not disadvantaged by virtue of either status.
This included hiring select contractual nurses, CNMC alumni, and PRN/float pool nurses
come from outside agencies who charge anywhere from $50/hour to $80-$90/hour depending on the day, versus a normal rate of $18-$25/hour.