The COVID cavalry: FEMA-funded travel nurses give Hilo Medical Center staff ‘a great mental and physical break’

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Hilo Medical Center nurse manager Toni Higa, left, and travel nurse Sharonda Cowins stand together in the emergency department last Friday. Travel nurses have helped HMC staff deal with the surge of COVID-19 patients.

The 36 federally funded travel nurses working at Hilo Medical Center have been “a tremendous relief” for the hospital’s staff.