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Travel Nurses May Aid Regional Nursing Shortages, Study Shows

Boca Raton, FL November 14, 2012

For hospitals and health systems in parts of the country where nurses aren’t as plentiful, travel nursing or contract staff nurses may be the answer, according to a recent study* released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Authors examined registered nurse (RN) data from years 1984 to 2008 to find that RNs contracted through nurse staffing agencies have education levels similar to permanent nurse staff and are more ethnically and racially diverse.

Though on average traveling nurses and other short-term RNs possess slightly less experience than permanent nurses – 15 years vs. 18 years respectively, reports the study, contract nurses are just as capable of working across multiple healthcare settings and in some cases better equipped to deliver competent care to diverse patient populations. In particular to the 30 million plus Americans added to insurance roles as the nation’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act becomes reality.

Because travel nurses are more likely than permanent nurses to hold licenses in multiple U.S. States, they become valued assets for healthcare employers whose local labor pools cannot accommodate the needs of local patients. During the period surveyed, between 4.4 percent and 13.7 percent of supplemental nurses worked in states in which they didn’t reside. The study also suggests that healthcare facilities that utilize experienced travel nurses to supplement their permanent nursing staff could be better prepared to respond to the regional shifts that occur with nursing shortages.

“Whereas travel nurses and contract RNs are ideal for addressing nurse events such as seasonal fluctuations in patient volume, maternity leaves, and short-term disability; it is the overall acute nursing shortage that has created the greatest demand for our healthcare staffing services,” said Robert L. Bok, C.E.O. of nurse staffing agency, American Traveler Staffing Professionals.

Bok said as more under-served patient populations gain access to quality healthcare, hospitals will need to respond appropriately by on-boarding nurses who can communicate effectively with culturally diverse groups – something traveling nurses are accustomed to.

“Take for instance an RN that has worked multiple assignments in Florida, a state that is home to hundreds of cultures from around the world. This travel nurse is an asset to any hospital located in and around coastal cities, ethnic communities and tourist centers. The ability to quickly adapt and be culturally sensitive are traits inherent to experienced nurse travelers,” Bok said.

States experiencing the highest nurse shortages in 2012 include those known for disparate ethnic groups, such as California, Florida, Texas, New York and New Jersey. The fast growing number of baby boomers in these states combined with fewer nurses entering the workforce has created a demand for healthcare that continues to outpace the number of available RNs.

“Travel nurses for some hospitals are not the ultimate answer to solving nurse shortage problems- especially in the long-term. They are, however, extremely valuable as healthcare providers adapt to new healthcare laws and look for ways to close patient care gaps as more ethnically diverse patients enter the system,” Bok said.

About American Traveler

The Joint Commission-certified American Traveler specializes in short-term, travel nursing and permanent positions for RNs, Physical Therapists, OTs, SLPs and other allied health professionals. American Traveler places these professionals in rewarding positions across the nation, from world-renowned university teaching hospitals to rural medical facilities. In addition, American Traveler is proud to offer a full array of workforce management software to hospitals that includes Internal Staffing, Vendor Staffing, and Contingent Workforce Management. Our solutions encompass all aspects of supplemental staffing that optimize hospitals’ valuable human resources, savings of significant capital, and ease the burdens of maintaining adequate staffing levels.

*Recent Study source:

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Travel Nursing Jobs Boost Morale, Reports Indicate

BOCA RATON, FL October 6, 2008 – Officials at the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research report that 30 percent of nurses say they are burned out dissatisfied with their jobs. As a result, more are seeking employment with staffing firms that offer flexible schedules, better wages and perks that benefit career longevity.

Many healthcare workers view their careers as more than just a job. But even the most motivated nurses can become bored with the daily routine and frustrated by hospital bureaucracy. Research from the Mayo Clinic advises individuals coping with stress-related job burn out to set new challenges for themselves. Successful strategies include improving job skills, taking on new projects, and breaking up the monotony by exploring new scenery, meeting new co-workers or volunteering for new assignments. Travel nursing jobs are an ideal way to accomplish just that, besides increased earning power.

Travel nurses enjoy more time with family and friends, earn up to 20 percent more and receive free private housing and free first day health insurance,” said Vice President of Recruitment, Mark Kay Hull, for The Joint Commission certified American Traveler. “Travel nursing is an ideal profession for career nurses suffering from burnout.” [Travel nurse video].

While staffing trends at American Traveler show a significant increase in the number of travel nurses age 40 and up, travelers 55 and older comprise nearly ten percent of the travel nurse workforce. Pat, a Registered Nurse for 37 years and mother of six, says travel nursing has reignited her spirit.

“Travel nursing is a wonderful way to use your profession to see the country,” she says. “My kids tell me they’re glad the hippie finally came out of me and that I’m traveling and enjoying life to the fullest.”

Travel nursing jobs provide a unique opportunity to live in desirable locations and work in world renowned teaching hospitals. Travel nurses have a chance to really get to know their new locale and meet the people who live there. In addition, travel jobs enhance nursing skills by providing exposure to career-enhancing techniques and procedures. Travel nurses are highly regarded by co-workers due to their ability to quickly adapt and become valuable team members.

For more information regarding travel nursing jobs with American Traveler call 800-884-8788, view their travel nursing video, or apply online today.

About American Traveler:

From world-renowned university teaching hospitals to rural medical facilities, The Joint Commission certified American Traveler specializes in short-term, per diem, and permanent positions for RNs, Physical Therapists, RTs, STs, and other allied health professionals.


Diane C. Bok