|America is in the midst of a nursing shortage that is expected
to get worse as baby boomers age and the need for health care
increases. Complicating the nursing shortage problem is the fact
that nursing schools and universities across the country are
having difficulty maintaining enrollment levels that remain
insufficient to meet the projected demand for nursing care.
Based on a recent survey, it is common knowledge that there is a
nursing shortage and this is viewed as a serious issue. The
study revealed that 75% of Americans think that the nursing
shortage is a very real and very important health care concern.
The general view is that the nursing shortage will have a
negative effect on health care services. The poll indicates that
81 percent of the population is acutely aware of the nursing
shortage and fully 65 percent believe that the nursing shortage
is nearing crisis levels.
The survey also found that, despite the nursing shortage most
Americans are confidant that nurses' opinions on medical issues
are highly credible and that the nursing profession is generally
respected and admired. Because of the nursing shortage there are
many more nursing positions available than can be filled. This
is despite the fact that average nurse salaries match up quite
well with other professions.
Many potential solutions, such as travel nursing, are being
developed to address the current nursing shortage. The position
of travel nurse was created more than 20 years ago in order to
address shortfalls in staffing in states that experienced
dramatic swings in seasonal population. Now, being a travel
nurse is regarded as operating in a specialized nursing category
and has become a crucial factor in potential solutions to the
worsening nursing shortage.
Becoming a travel nurse opens the door to a world of
possibilities. Agencies that specialize in travel nurse
placement will help you locate a variety of travel nurse
positions in areas of the U.S in which you have an interest. A
travel nurse assignment will normally last for about 90 days but
may continue for up to six months. After selecting the region or
state you then must decide which travel nurse position you will
accept. It is entirely up to you which type of program and which
type of medical facility you will join on your travel nurse
The compensation for a travel nurse is well above average and is
attracting more nurses into the travel nurse profession. The
salary or a travel nurse is well above the norm. What's more,
the travel nurse package may include complimentary housing.
Plus, travel expenses may also be covered. A travel nurse will
also receive generous benefits such as health insurance or a
retirement plan, if they are working with a good travel nurse
Most travel nurse assignments provide a substantial bonus upon
completion of atour. The collective compensation for a travel
nurse is far greater than permanent, local nursing positions. In
many cases being a travel nurse can result in a six figure
Considering the severe nursing shortage, a qualified nurse can
fill a crucial need and be handsomely compensated for it.
About the author:
J. Terrence McDermott is the administrator of Travel Nurse Source,
rce.com, a resource center for the travel nurse industry.
Travel Nurse Source helps identify medical staffing needs and
find qualified nurses to meet those needs.
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