Travel Nursing Specialties in High Demand

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted that the demand for nursing between 2011 and 2018 should grow by at least 18 percent.

This being the case, hospitals and other medical facilities are scrambling to fill full-time positions and will be desperate for temporary and traveling nurses to fill their staffing needs.

A survey last year interviewed several experts in the travel healthcare industry and found that, while all nurses will be in demand, seven nursing specialties will be in demand far more than others.

These specialties are:

  • ICU
  • Neonatal
  • Dialysis
  • Operating Room
  • Telemetry
  • Labor and Delivery
  • Emergency Room

Those interviewed for the article reported that, while the Great Recession took a toll on the number of travel nurses needed, the industry has rebounded and demand for travelers is rising.

Part of the increase in demand is a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), as well as nurses leaving due to retirement or because they are fed up with office politics.

The article also states that one of the reasons nurses are leaving full-time positions is to work as travelers. They find that they love the flexibility of the work, allowing them to take a break between assignments should they feel that burnout is nigh.

As for finding work in the above specialties, those nurses with considerable experience (defined as at least two or more years of recent professional experience in their specialty) are particularly in demand.

In fact, ICU nurses should find themselves in the proverbial catbird seat: the article reports that ICU nurses are “particularly easy to place,” especially those with critical care and high acuity experience.

Nurses with considerable telemetry experience also are in great demand, so much so that they will have more negotiating power when it comes to choosing their preferred geographic region.

Neonatal nurses with level 2 or level 3 experience are in the most demand (nurses without this experience may find that they have a “harder time finding steady employment,” according to the article).

Ambulatory surgery centers as well as the growth of office-based surgeries are among the factors that are building the demand for experienced operating room nurses, the article reports.

An aging population is also feeding the demand for nurses with dialysis experience; aging boomers and their parents need dialysis treatments more and more, so nurses with recent experience in this specialty – whether it be in acute or chronic dialysis care – can pretty much write their own ticket.

Demand for labor and delivery nurses is also up lately, although the need for this specialty does tend to “ebb and flow,” according to the article. ER travel nurses, however, are finding that they’re pretty much “flowing from one job to the next,” without much of a break in between (unless they ask to take time off).

If you’re an experienced RN and you have experience in these specialties, contact the recruiters at MedPro Healthcare Staffing. We look forward to helping you find assignments in the exciting traveling healthcare industry.

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