Meet Will Patterson, RN, the co-founder, and CEO of CareRev. Will got his start in healthcare working as a trauma nurse in New Mexico. While working in hospitals from California to Florida, Will started to notice some troubling trends – understaffed hospitals, nurses being canceled last minute, and most concerning, nurse burnout. He knew if he was experiencing these issues, then so were other nurses.
“First hand, as a nurse, I experienced the dangers of short staffing in hospitals. Most of these situations happened because of an increased patient census that we couldn’t predict. I knew it was dangerous, and I could see that outdated modes of staffing weren’t working. Because of this, I set off to create a technology platform that would address the nursing shortage using local per diem.”
In 2015, he worked as a trauma RN in San Francisco and struggled to pick up shifts to pay off his student loans. Will would work with traditional staffing agencies who’d call him at all hours of the night, hoping to book him for a shift that would be starting in a few hours. It was frustrating and getting old fast. At a time when you can book a ride, order groceries, and get delivery through a mobile app, he thought, “Why can’t I do that with per diem shifts?” That’s when CareRev was born!
With nurse fatigue and burnout on the rise, having the ability to create a work schedule that fits your life is golden! Nurses that use the CareRev app enjoy maximum flexibility, choosing when and where they want to work. There are no minimums or maximums. When you control your work and life, you tend to be more energized, healthy, and happy. Who doesn’t love happy nurses?!
A part of that happiness includes a sense of community. We are so excited to partner with HOLLIBLU and start this community for nurses in Los Angeles. The LA Nurse Squad is a safe place to connect with other nurses, indulge in some much-needed self-care, and support each other. If you are a nurse living in LA, you are invited to join us and be a part of our squad!