Okay, so I think with everyone sitting around on Facebook and nurses losing their ability to cover clients in their area due to patient’s families declining coverage that cover nursing is a GREAT option for nurses looking for work and who want to serve in a way they never imagined (who could have imagined this). Clients need nurses due to PDNs being taken off cases related to viral exposure or childcare needs, etc. Nurses need to travel farther when they are no longer being accepted into the homes of clients within an acceptable distance (due to COVID-19). Cover nursing is a solution for many clients and nurses, actually. And, it serves a greater purpose. We stand in the middle of what could become a healthcare crisis and a societal crisis if the needs of the PDNs and clients are not met. So… solution is: cover nursing. They get paid more to cover the clients who still accept coverage. They choose to become heartfelt warriors for their clients and their families.
With cover nursing they receive an automobile allowance, higher pay, and pay differentials for nights, weekends, and clients who have T/V. They get hotels courtesy of AOC (with a $20 per night stipend) for trips over 2 hours. We book the hotels, and we send them the confirmation. They don’t have to worry about scheduling the hotels at all. We do that for them. Cover nurses receive a weekly automobile allowance, as long as they do not deny shifts of $69.48. They also get .13 on the mile over 60 miles (which adds up). And, they get to assist in covering for families that truly need them to drive/commute and serve them (especially now). A RN cover nurse can make up to $41 per hour and up to $28 per hour for LVN (this is quite a bit above the $30 – RN and $17 LVN rate that is our current standard PRN or permanent offer). It depends on what they times, days, and clients they work. The cover nurse base pay is $35 per hour for a RN and $22 an hour for LVN, and if they work nights, weekends, or specialized clients, their pay goes up. They are rewarded, which is nice. Also, they get 36hrs of guaranteed pay. If I cannot get them 36hrs of shifts to accept, they get paid 36hrs anyway. If they deny a shift, they still make the hours they have worked. Also, that makes them a full-time employee.. and that means they will have the option for benefits. Plus, I am a pretty cool lady to work with. They can take two days off a week, and I treat each of the cover nurses on my team the way I would want to be treated. In turn, I’ve developed quite the bunch of amazing ladies to be the clinical faces of AOC.