According to the staffing agency you have to have not been employed by a hospital in Texas for the last 30 days. for an almost 3x wage bump I'd be shocked if some nurses didn't decide to sit on the sidelines for a month.
-60 hours a week guaranteed (even if sent home because not needed, get paid)
-Hourly (<40 hr): $95.00/hr
-Untaxed weekly stipends: $1,785
-$500 relocation + $500 for doing some online training modules
-All holidays at OT rate, callback at OT rate with minimum 2 hours
-$9,125/wk minimum gross
Happy to answer any questions as I know this sector is pretty outside of the normal HN discourse and there's been some interesting employment trends since the pandemic began.
EU salaries seem to generally be lower than those in the US, but with healthcare the difference is extreme with Switzerland being the only exception I'm personally aware of.
A nurse friend quit the VA and is making $10k/week traveling.
While I generally understand the value of travel nurses and the role they have historically played in the market, if I was a healthcare consumer in the US, I'd be pretty disconcerted if I knew that the healthcare systems I relied on were so desperate for nurses that they were offering travel nurses $10,000/week.
That said, I think ranking healthcare is difficult. I'm an expat who has used health systems in a number of different countries. The country I'm in now for example (Taiwan) has a very well-regarded single payer system. On some ranking lists, it even tops the US.
I've found Taiwan's system works really well for most basic needs and is very cheap by American standards. Through the national healthcare system (NHI), I can see a specialist of my choosing at a hospital for around $20. That includes the appointment and any prescriptions or blood tests ordered. My monthly contribution to the system is high by local standards (it's in the hundreds of dollars a month) because I have a higher salary and am self-employed.
In terms of care, if you have a complex health issue, I haven't been able to match the specialist care available in the US. It's not even close. But yes, specialist care in the US is expensive and therefore not available to many people.
While there are absolutely structural issues, there were the same structural issues two years ago -- this is an acute crisis due to the amount of new "healthcare consumers".
Texas residents are banned from the new contracts.
Sitting on the side sounds like roulette... presumably those who are mobile will leave the state for other lucrative contracts, and the rest will work "within the system" (probably wishing for a stronger union while they campaign for a slice of the pie).
If I were a nurse, I think I'd have a hard time with sense of duty and sitting out, so a one month traveling job in another state (if possible, one that's doing better at vaccination) for a few weeks would feel better than sitting around, but at the same time, when the government incentives say to sit around for 30 days if you want to get paid more, who am I to not follow incentives.
I say that as someone that generally finds the state reprehensible, but facts are facts.
texas makes the top 5 twice. but don't take my word for it. take a look at a picture.
The supreme court cast of Davis v. Bandemer, while establishing that partisan gerrymandering violates the Equal Protection Clause and is a justiciable matter, it failed to agree on a clear standard for the judicial review of the class of claims of a political nature to which such cases belong. Thus, that supreme court case effectively has no teeth and the partisan system by which we draw districts currently is sadly illegal.
Thus, it is incorrect to say politicians are committing election fraud through gerrymandering.
cases of suspected gerrymandering are taken to court, often lost by the election fraudsters, and districts are then more fairly withdrawn. this does not stop the gop, and to a smaller extent the libs, from continually doing it. the only penalty for doing it, is they lose the election they would have lost without the fraud. there is no downside to trying.
the process by which districts are drawn is absolutely not legal if gerrymandering is used.
here's the issue with places like texas: no one is suing to redraw the lines, because the population is of low iq, of high anger, and easily manipulated to actually support this illegal action.
>failed to agree on a clear standard for the judicial review
which has nothing to do with making something legal or not. gerrymandering is illegal. the standard for judicial review is left open, and up to the judge in each case
>the partisan system by which we draw districts currently is sadly illegal.
>it is a stretch to say politicians are committing "election fraud" because of gerrymandering
it's a stretch to say people getting elected using an illegal process are committing election fraud. gotcha. you're very good at stretching. mental gymnast?
Interestingly though, it'd be Texan as hell to make the most of them Fedbux. Tell you what.
My experience in this extremely large state is limited, but I know that the medical infrastructure in Houston is the best in the world.
> Houston’s Texas Medical Center is the world’s largest medical complex by several measures: number of hospitals, number of physicians, square footage and patient volume.
> Scientists at TMC-affiliated institutions, most notably Baylor College of Medicine, Houston Methodist, and MD Anderson are advancing life science breakthroughs across dozens of research centers and more than 300 research laboratories.
And that's just the Texas Medical Center.
(I can't take credit for the nickname. I think I picked it up from some ATX native DevOps folks.)
THA is Texas Hospital Association. It is kind of absurd reading this because the nation as a whole has been short on nurses for years and its been well forecasted as a problem for some time. Add on top of it a pandemic that is treated as a political problem, at this point a very clear problem with burnout and working conditions, and this little piece of fluff just becomes absurd.
(1)I'm guessing the bribe money is better that way
FTR I'm not taking a position on small vs. big government, I'm just sensitive to and OCD about pointing out hypocrisy when I see it.
So it is not even consistent on that level.
The police here are doing the same. I was hoping that, as reported frequently and loudly in the news, ~1/3rd of the department would get fired over the mandate, but as the deadline looms, it doesn't look like more than a handful will be.
... Also, because they'd be working for the federal government, they wouldn't be allowed to work those FEMA jobs without proof of vaccination.
So the shortage is entirely caused by academia and industry. Thank you, regulatory capture. They don’t want more nurses.
They're saying stimulus money must be used to secure out of state hires because they don't have enough nurses in state.
Hiring from the existing pool doesn't create a net improvement on the total nurses in state so they're saying you can't be hired with this money if you currently or recently worked for hospitals in state.
Nothing to do with banning quitting.
You're not supposed to cut the sentence in half!
You can quit in general, but not to move to these jobs. The full action of "quit X to get job Y" is banned.
Texas' state motto is "Friendship".
In Texas, Friends are people there when you need them, and politely distant, minding their own business when you don't.
Whom "you need" is referring to there is a perennial topic of conversation, and is generally a reliable seed of spirited dialectic.
I spent literally 10 seconds googling this.
Also, isn't a job you're not allowed to quit basically a form of slave labor?