Nurse Salaries Rise as Demand for Their Services Soars

Nurses are winning raises worth thousands of dollars a year from hospitals, the latest employer reckoning with a tight labor market.

HCA Healthcare Inc., one of the nation’s largest hospital chains, increased nurse pay this year to handle heavy Covid-19 pandemic case loads and keep pace with rivals that are also trying to fill vacancies and hold on to existing staff, the company’s human resources chief said. Raises varied by market; an HCA spokesman declined to say by what amounts.