Travel nursing jobs are booming right now thanks in large part to several positive factors in the healthcare industry.
According to the Staffing Industry Analysts’ growth forecast, travel nursing will increase 10 percent in 2015 and 8 percent again in 2016. Per diem growth is expected at 5 percent in both 2015 and 2016, with in-house float pools tempering the demand felt by per diem staffing agencies.
One of the factors influencing this growth has been the Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance mandates starting in 2014. With more people being admitted and hospitals experiencing a higher volume of patients, the increase in the insured reduces uninsured admissions, and demand for nurse staffing will continue to accelerate.
Additionally, with the improved economy, more nurses may cut back on their hours, which can lead to more positions that need to be filled–and eventually more travel nursing jobs.
“Job openings are up 30 percent, year over year. The time to fill [positions] has extended really quickly,” Randle Reece, a senior research analyst with the investment firm Avondale Partners in Nashville, said. “When you have an extended vacancy in a geographic location or specialty, getting someone to travel there to fill the void on a contract basis is one of the few options you have, other than living with it.”
With the economy back in full swing, there are abundant jobs for travel nurses.
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