Update, 9:35 a.m. CST, Sept. 21, 2018
More open positions were made available in Charlotte, North Carolina to help deal with Hurricane Florence evacuee patient loads, according to information from industry sources.
At least 40 open positions are available in the area for travel nurses. Most of the requested positions are for medical-surgical and telemetry travel nurses, but there are still labor and delivery spots available.
Original story, posted at 9:43 a.m. CST, Sept. 19, 2018
North Carolina is a consistently popular state for travel healthcare professionals—it regularly ranks among the top 10 most applied-to states every month and has a wide variety of job opportunities through most seasons.
However, the devastation from Hurricane Florence this weekend forced several coastal hospital locations to close entirely and evacuate patients inland, meaning travel nurse job opportunities have followed suit.
“With the flooding…hospitals have been closed down close to Wilmington,” said Kelsey Moena, a client advisor for staffing agency LiquidAgents Healthcare. “They are not bringing in (travel nurse) candidates because you can’t even get to the hospitals.”
Thousands of patients and healthcare providers evacuated early last week to avoid the storm, while a limited number of staff and hospitals in evacuation zones were granted mandatory evacuation exemption waivers and stayed behind to keep emergency centers open.
Multiple facilities in the Cape Fear Valley Health System remained closed or had delayed opening on Wednesday from flooding and power outages, according to a press release.
Several outpatient facilities associated with New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington opened Wednesday, but other facilities including Pender Memorial Hospital, NHRMC Orthopedic Hospital, and NHRMC ED-North remained closed, according to the hospital’s website.
Because of these closures, travel nurse needs have shifted west towards the inland hub of Charlotte. Carolinas Medical Center recently posted at least 20 needs for travel nurses to help with new patient loads from the storm, according to industry sources. The hospital is primarily looking for medical-surgical, telemetry and labor and deliver travel nurses.
Travelers who can’t make it to North Carolina but still want to help can donate to ongoing disaster relief efforts by clicking here.
Closed Cape Fear Valley Health System facilities include:
- Bladen Medical Associates – Bladenboro
- Bladen Medical Associates – Dublin
- Bladen Medical Associates – White Lake
- Bladen Medical Associates – Clarkton
- Cape Fear Valley Primary Care at Lumberton
- QuikCare at Robeson
- Cape Fear Valley Foot & Ankle – Lumberton and Laurinburg offices
- Cape Fear Valley Podiatry’s Lumberton office
- Bladen Physical Therapy
- Cape Fear Valley Rehabilitation Center’s Outpatient Pediatric Physical Therapy
All other Cape Fear Valley clinics are open, but Cape Fear Valley Diagnostic Center will open at 7 a.m. and HealthPlex will open at 8 a.m.
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