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International Nurses Vs. Travel Nurses: What Are The REAL Cost Savings?

We’ve evaluated the traditional 13-week contract and why more acute and post-acute care facilities are exploring staffing alternatives. One popular option is recruiting international nurses through specialist partners like Conexus. 

There are 3 million immigrants already in the U.S. healthcare system, accounting for 1 in 4 workers in the field, according to Harvard Medical School (2019). One of the key benefits of hiring international nurses instead of travel nurses is cost savings, but how much money can they actually help you to save? 

Work With The Right People While Lowering Temporary Staffing Costs

A specialist partner that employs international nurses can deliver significant savings in comparison to travel nurses. While agencies providing travel nurses offer housing stipends, per diem rates, and travel expenses, those partnering with us have a flat hourly rate with no extra costs. 

And So Much More…

International nurses don’t just deliver cost savings vs. other staffing alternatives, they provide significant care, diversity, and so much more, including:

  • Time Savings. The continuous turnover of travel nurses every 13-weeks means training and orientation need to be repeated regularly, which sees staff taken away from day-to-day duties.

  • Commitment. A significant driver for international nurses is stability and the opportunity to become part of an organization and community. On the flip-side, travel nurses are usually looking to move on after their assignment and explore a new city or state. 

  • Staff Morale. With Conexus, international nurses commit to extended contracts with facilities, enabling existing nursing teams to build strong bonds with one another, share experiences, and offer support. 

  • High-Quality. Today’s immigration regulations require all foreign-trained nurses to be highly-skilled, have a bachelor’s degree, and an average of 5-10 years of nursing experience. 

  • Improved Patient Care. The addition of overseas nurses helps to diversify a workforce, which reflect the multicultural nature of the community and your patients.

Are International Nurses The Ideal Option For Your Facility? 


Find out more about international nurses and other staffing alternatives in our free guide - 'Alternatives to the traditional 13-week assignment'.

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