You Are Our First Priority

At Shifts, our clinicians are heroes every single day. Your dedication to keeping your patients safe, healthy and comfortable never ceases to amaze us. We’re partnering with healthcare facilities across the country to make sure their communities are taken care of, but we want to make sure you’re taken care of as well.

Today and every day your safety is our first priority. That’s why we’re in constant contact with hospitals nationwide – making sure they’re following the CDC’s guidelines and taking sufficient measures to keep you safe. It’s important to us that you stay healthy so you can keep others healthy.

We’ve joined forces with healthcare facilities and staffing agencies across the country to ensure all communities can fight COVID-19. Most of our thousands of shifts do not currently involve COVID-19 patients. But as you know, the situation is evolving and we cannot predict the impact COVID-19 will have on the healthcare system.

Most of our per diem clinicians engage with a patient population that is no different than engaged by staff clinicians at hospitals throughout the country. Some hospitals have quarantined some of their core staff who may have had contact with coronavirus patients. These hospitals now have needs to backfill core staff. In some cases, these hospitals need staff on an urgent basis and are offering higher compensation rates to ensure that they are adequately staffed. If you’re interested in these rapid response positions, please contact your recruiter. If you don’t have a recruiter yet, just fill out the form to the right and we’ll be in touch.

We know you may have some questions, so we’ve answered a number below. If you have any additional questions, we are here to help 24/7! If you have additional questions or concerns please contact your Travel Experience Specialist. We will continue to update this page as we get more information.

FAQs

We know there is a lot of media attention around COVID-19 right now and you might feel a bit overwhelmed. Here are a few things from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) we thought you should know to stay safe and healthy.

What is coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Coronaviruses are a type of virus. There are many different kinds, and some cause disease. A newly identified type has caused a recent outbreak of respiratory illness called COVID-19 that started in China. Recent information indicates COVID-19 may be passed from person to person.

What is being done to help slow the transmission?

The CDC, state and local health departments, other federal agencies, and other partners, including many hospitals and health systems have implemented measures to slow and contain transmission of COVID-19 in the United States. These measures include assessing, monitoring and caring for travelers arriving from areas with substantial COVID-19 transmission and identifying cases and contacts of cases in the United States.

Recognizing persons at risk for COVID-19 is a critical component of identifying cases and preventing further transmission. With the expanding spread of COVID-19, additional areas of geographic risk are being identified and monitoring criteria are being updated to reflect this spread. To prepare for possible additional person-to-person spread of COVID-19 in the United States, the CDC continues to recommend that clinicians and state and local health departments consider COVID-19 in patients with severe respiratory illness even in the absence of travel history to affected areas or known exposure to another case.

Who is at risk?

The available data are currently insufficient to identify risk factors for severe clinical outcomes. From the limited data that are available for COVID-19 infected patients, and for data from related coronaviruses such as SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV, it is possible that older adults, and people with underlying chronic medical conditions, such as immunocompromising conditions, may be at risk for more severe outcomes.

How do I protect myself and others?

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty. Hand sanitizer is located readily throughout Shifts’ corporate offices and widely available in hospitals and healthcare facilities.
    • For information about handwashing, see the CDC’s Handwashing website. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash or sanitize your hands accordingly.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. Shifts has increased disinfecting efforts at corporate locations and has protocols for remote work, as needed.
  • Follow the CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask.
    • The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
    • Healthcare workers should follow facility protocol on the use of face masks in caring for patients with respiratory illnesses.

How can I stay up to date on COVID-19?

Healthcare professionals can stay up to date with the latest guidance from the CDC by visiting the CDC’s Information for Healthcare Professionals page.

References:

Centers for Disease Control. (2020). Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-2019). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

Sauer, L. (2020). What is coronavirus? Retrieved from https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus