Officials in Iowa have approved over $9 million to recruit out-of-state nurses as COVID-19-related hospitalizations continue to rise.
Iowa is offering a Kansas-based company roughly $220 per hour for the nurses it supplies.
The nurses are anticipated to work 20 hours of overtime at $330 per hour, according to a report.
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In total, the move will cost Iowa over $15,000 per nurse weekly, and at least 100 respiratory therapists and nurses have already arrived in Iowa.
Out-of-state workers will receive paid hotel stays and a transportation bonus, according to a report. The staffing agency employed by the state was used in December 2020 and January 2021.
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The cost of the 100 supplemental nurses then was around $6.9 million, the report read.