Employment projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics suggest it’s a great time to be a travel nurse. According to the 2012-2022 employment projections, the RN workforce is expected to grow 19 percent with net new jobs-from 2.71 million jobs in 2012 to 3.24 million in 2022.
Furthermore, the Bureau projects the need for 525 thousand replacement nurses. An article published on renowned travel nursing hub TheGypsyNurse.com says this is mainly due to retirement and attrition, and together the number of job openings for nurses will reach 1.05 million by 2022.
But the demand for travel nurses won’t just be relegated to hospitals. The article elaborates:
It is important to note, however, that many patients leave the hospital and still require a certain level of professional care. As a result, outpatient care is in demand. Healthcare has transcended the traditional walls of hospitals, with home care and rehab centers taking on a growing population of patients—especially the elderly. This care has a greater sense of community and often appeals to travel nurses who welcome diversity in their job.
You can read the article on TheGypsyNurse.com in its entirety here.
What this means for you
If you’re a travel nurse, or a nurse considering maximizing your earning potential by traveling, there is endless opportunity. You’re going to hear from countless travel nursing agencies, so knowing which one to work with is paramount.