Crisis nurse agencies connect crisis nurses to hospitals in need. Agencies may partner directly with hospitals or respond to specific disasters. Most agencies provide job listings on their websites to aid crisis nurses in finding their next placements. An agency will assist crisis nurses with the necessary paperwork and usually help them find housing as well. It also may help crisis nurses secure insurance and negotiate contracts with a facility.
Because of the high expectations, stress, and quick turnaround, crisis nurses are well compensated. Their bonuses include between $20 and $50 per hour in extra pay, overtime pay, and $100 or $200 for extra or risky shifts. According to Kaiser Health News, in April 2020, crisis nurses earned more than $6,200 per week in Sioux Falls, South Dakota; more than $8,000 per week in Fargo, North Dakota; and up to $10,000 per week in some locations.
These wages are designed to ensure that nurses are available when they’re most needed, but organizations must also make sure nurses can perform these duties safely while maintaining their own well-being.