A company that places travel nurses is trying to keep up with a flood of requests

Next Move is one of the rare companies that is seeing business take off, but its founder has to be frank with people who want to help.

April 3, 2020

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Hospitals in the hardest-hit US cities are straining to care for a rush of COVID-19 patients. Next Move, a 1-year-old agency that places travel nurses, is helping to fill shortages — and seeing business take off as a result.

The company is part of a rare club. Unlike others that have drastically lowered their revenue projections this year, Next Move is doing the opposite.

Its founder, John Nolan, expects to do $13-14m this year, up from the $8.5m in revenue the company was shooting for at the start of 2020.

He’s frank with the nurses who have approached the company asking where they can help.

“There’s no way to comprehend what it’s like to go to work for 18 hours and have all your patients die, not be able to take any breaks, be way understaffed, and not have enough protection equipment,” he says.

Next Move is also fielding lots of questions about those shortages of protective gear: What happens if I get sick? Nolan says he’s reserving extra money that’s coming in to support nurses who fall ill.

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