The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) reported in April that the nursing shortage in the United States “is expected to intensify as Baby Boomers age and the need for health care grows.”

This shortage will be even more acute because nursing schools across the country “are struggling to expand capacity to meet the rising demand for care given the national move toward healthcare reform.”

What can this mean for you, a professional RN traveler?

Currently, between 15,000 to 20,000 hospitals and medical facilities use travel nurses each week.

California – with the largest population of any state – has the biggest need for full-time nurses, with a reported 14,000 unfilled/open nursing positions

In other words…

You’re in the proverbial catbird seat!

If you have at least one or two years of professional RN experience in just about any setting (ER, ICU, NICU, general nursing, peds, ob/gyn, geriatrics, etc.), if you’ve ever thought about looking into a career as a healthcare traveler, now is the time to explore it more seriously.

Even if you don’t have the requisite recent professional experience (you haven’t worked as a nurse in a handful of years, for example), it may be worth your time to contact a travel nurse staffing service such as MedPro Healthcare Staffing to learn more about this exciting nursing career opportunity.

The more flexible you can be as to where you travel, the more assignments you’ll receive. But the need for travelers is so critical, even if you can only work a handful of assignments a year; even if want to travel only to a specific area; even if you don’t want to travel out of state, preferring to travel to healthcare and medical facilities within a typical commuting time; a nursing travel firm more than likely will want to talk to you.

If you have the recent nursing experience, if you have hard-to-find skills, you more than likely will be able to pick and choose your assignments. You also may be able to negotiate a higher per-diem pay rate.

In a nutshell, hospitals nationwide are facing a pretty darn big nursing shortage, one that’s only expected to become far more acute. They’re turning to nurse travel staffing services such as ours to help them fill critical gaps – even not-so-critical gaps – in their staffing levels.

Contact MedPro Healthcare Staffing today to learn more about how the nursing shortage can be your ticket to a) helping people who need your skills desperately and b) getting paid very well to travel the country. We look forward to hearing from you.