COVID-19 continues its inevitable spread across the country, as states, one by one, respond to the pandemic with varying levels of restrictions. It’s during these desperate times that the demand for registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and clinical nursing assistants (CNAs) goes up. That’s where we come in with travel and per diem nurses to fill the gaps.
Nursa™ is prepared to fill these short-term and per diem nursing jobs using our travel nursing app which allows nurses to easily pick up local PRN nursing jobs. Currently, we are staffing per diem nurses in Idaho (amongst other states) healthcare facilities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Background on COVID-19 Cases in Idaho
On March 25, 2020, the state of Idaho first responded by issuing a statewide “Stay at Home” order. The stay at home order was amended on April 2, 2020, with further restrictions with only essential operations remaining running.
As of April 9, 2020, Idaho’s official government website dedicated to verified information and statistics about the coronavirus for the state reported there were 1,353 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 24 deaths. With the number of cases and fatalities on the rise, the medical community is laboring but struggling with staffing shortages that existed before the coronavirus arrived.
According to the director of Idaho Department of Health and welfare, Dave Jeppesen, hospital capacity in Idaho has not been overrun and has been able to manage the numbers of COVID-19 cases, which is good news. However, the data breakdown of the state’s confirmed COVID cases shows that just over 10% of the confirmed cases are healthcare workers, further burdening medical staff.
If you are an RN, CNA, or an LPN living in the Idaho area and want to know how you can help your fellow Idaho medical community as COVID-19 cases sweep through the state, Nursa™ can help you do exactly that.
What is Nursa™?
Nursa™ is an application that directly connects Idaho nurses to available shifts in hospitals, long term care facilities, skilled care nursing facilities, and other medical facilities across the state.
Nursa™ Uses Technology to Ease the Burden of Paperwork
When you download the Nursa™ application to your smartphone, you create an account. Within your account on Nursa™, you can upload and verify your licenses and certifications directly into the app for storage, allowing you to easily share it with hospitals and medical facilities. Once any skilled certifications and licenses you have are verified, you can search out available PRN shifts in medical facilities near you.
Through the Nursa™ application, when you see a shift vacancy that you are interested in, the application allows you to apply directly to the hospital or medical facility to fill the shift. Nursa™ has been designed to allow its users to send direct messaging to the medical facility to facilitate clear and quick communication.
Nursa™ Helps Communities and Families
If you are a licensed RN, CNA, or LP with up to date certifications and licenses but aren’t currently employed due to time constraints with taking care of your family, Nursa™ can help you earn money shift by shift. You don’t have to sign a long contract or commit to 40 hours a week. You can make arrangements with your partner or extended family to take care of the household a shift or two per week, allowing you to earn income, but on your terms, on your timeline, and only when it works for your family.
Long term care facilities, skilled nursing facilities, and hospitals across the state of Idaho have vacancies and staffing shortages. Recruitment for filling positions on a long term basis takes time. During that time, the medical staff currently working are shouldering the burden of these vacancies. However, with Nursa™ those shift vacancies can be filled one at a time, in real-time, right now. Easing the burden on the staff in medical facilities across the state, helps not only the facilities and their staff, but the communities who need their hospitals to provide care.
Nursa™ Jobs Available in Real-Time
Nursa™ can connect nurses to jobs in real-time. If you know you could work a Saturday night shift, or Wednesday day shift, just take a look in the app and find what is available in your area.
Nursa™ Positioned to Help Long Term Care Facilities and Skilled Nursing Facilities
Long Term Care (LTCs) Facilities and Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) are among the most vulnerable in the current state of affairs. As the number of healthcare workers confirmed with COVID-19 rises, the patients residing in LTCs and SNFs are increasingly at risk. Their advanced ages and underlying medical conditions already put them in the vulnerable category as we know this virus is more dangerous to their population.
Other states, California, New York and Massachusetts are reporting somber stories of LTC populations being moved to other facilities due to extreme staff shortages, others being unable to accept coronavirus patients even when they have space but have such a lack of staff and supplies; all issues related to or exacerbated by the virus. These stories serve as a warning, and Nursa™ hears that warning. We are connecting nurses to LTCs and SNFs a shift at a time to keep vulnerable populations in the environments that they know and consider their homes.
Nursa™ Offers ShiftShare™
ShiftShare™ is offered only by Nursa™ and allows you to earn money, even if you can’t pick up the PRN shift.
How does Shiftshare™ Work?
When browsing PRN shifts and nursing jobs in the Nursa™ application, if you see a shift at a nearby hospital that you can’t fill, but have a friend who just might be able to fill it, share the shift with them! Every time that you Shiftshare™ and that other nurse actually fills the shift you shared with them, you earn money. This clever use of technology allows us to reward our nurses for being an integral part of the medical professional network. By helping hospitals and medical facilities indirectly, nurses who Shiftshare™ with Nursa™ are filling vacancies shift by shift in Idaho communities.