Study shows more nurses prefer benefits of travel nursing
Boca Raton, FL (MarketWire) March 25, 2008 — The ongoing nurse shortage, coupled with a heightened interest in travel nursing, has afforded nurses a boost in earnings and more opportunities in 2008, says travel nurse leader 50 States Staffing. As a result, more staff nurses are choosing to travel.More than half of the nurse respondents in a recent Medical News Today survey said that travel nursing is more
rewarding than working as a permanent nurse, with an overwhelming percentage rating flexibility and pay as the primary reasons for travel nursing.
“Salaries for permanent positions have flat lined due to the cooling economy,” said Debbie Bacurin, Clinical Resource Manager for 50 States Staffing. “In order to boost earnings, nurses are shifting to travel nursing, which often pays up
to 20 percent more than staff work and includes benefits such as free private housing, free health insurance, flexible scheduling and time off.“
Other high-ranking reasons nurses give for making the switch to travel include fewer hospital politics and the spontaneity and excitement of meeting new people and experiencing new destinations. “I’ve never had to miss a wedding and always spend Christmas with family and friends,” said travel RN, Nicole Gohring. “I planned to travel nurse for only a year at first, but it’s going on five now and the perks and flexibility are tough to beat.”
“With the noticeable uptick in travel nursing jobs comes the flexibility to renew 13 week assignments, opt for a new location or return home,” said Mary Kay Hull, Vice President of Recruitment for traveling nurse agency American Traveler. “This flexibility has more permanent position nurses calling and requesting traveling nurse assignments in high paying healthcare markets such as Seattle, Washington State and Northern California, where we have an increase of 32 percent in travel nurse job postings.”