COVID-19 testing by Borrego Health staff. Courtesy of the clinic

San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria declared Feb. 1, 2021 “Travel Nurse Day” to honor nurses and other medical professionals working on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The proclamation signed Monday highlights the work of travel nurses — who provide temporary staffing support at hospitals and other healthcare facilities — during a time when nursing and medical resources are strained.

The proclamation recognizes travel nurses who “go from one hotspot to another relieving exhausted health workers and providing quality patient care for the sick and elderly despite fatigue and threat to their own health” and specifically recognized those employed by San Diego-based travel nurse staffing agency Aya Healthcare.

Proclamation signed by Mayor Todd Gloria declaring Feb. 1, 2021 “Travel Nurse Day” in San Diego. Courtesy Aya Healthcare

“The vaccine brings us hope, but our battle with COVID-19 is far from over,” Gloria said. “This global pandemic has taken far too many lives here in San Diego and around the world. Travel nurses are the true health care heroes of this pandemic and we want to thank Aya Healthcare for ensuring San Diego hospitals and hospitals all over the nation have the nurses they need to help save lives.”

Amber Zeeb, an Aya Healthcare vice president, said, “Travel nurses have been integral in the fight against COVID-19. We want to thank the mayor for honoring their tireless and life-saving efforts with this proclamation. We’re experiencing an unprecedented demand for travel nurses and our corporate employees are working around the clock to ensure our hospitals are fully staffed.”