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‘It's an accident waiting to happen': Association worried about nurses at McCormick Place

Posted On: Apr 2, 2020   |   Posted By: WGN TV

CHICAGO - The state is busy prepping its first COVID-19 field hospital at McCormick Place, but WGN has learned nurses recruited to work there may be in for the greatest challenge of their careers.
The executive director of the American Nurses Association, Susan Swart, is very worried the demands made on nurses enticed by big paychecks could put them in trouble.
"It is an accident waiting to happen," Swart said. "And one in which we cannot risk."
At 125 an hour and 187 an hour for overtime, nurses could make over $100,000 in just two months. The state has waitlisted applicants for the hospital with around 170 already hired.
But Swart said errors happen when inexperienced nurses are overworked.
"They are preying on the fact the individual don't make this much money," Swart said. "The individuals who are subjet to this kind of enticement are subject to more inexperience who have the thought process, 'I can do anything.' The issue is there is grave concern.
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