As the Pandemic Winds Down, Travel Nursing Continues to Surge

Written by Rose Torrento on Thursday, June 16, 2022 Posted in Industry News

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It seems like COVID-19 is here to stay, in the same way the seasonal flu comes and goes each year. But even as pandemic peaks are winding down, demand for travel nurses remains at an all-time high. The reason is less to do with pandemic-related strain than the underlying struggles of the healthcare industry. In short, there aren’t enough nurses to go around, and many are finding more opportunities as travel nurses.

Travel nurses are filling gaps

In the last few years, travel nursing has grown extraordinarily popular as nurses were needed to fill staffing shortages caused by COVID-19 outbreaks, and burnout left high-census regions without critical healthcare support. Now, with COVID-19 research and vaccines making the disease more manageable, it’s clear travel nursing popularity is more than a temporary, pandemic-era trend.

A few major factors contribute to the continued demand for travel nurses in 2022. Most significantly, the United States is faced with a critical shortage of nurses across the board. The pandemic only exacerbated an already widespread issue in the healthcare industry — a lack of new nurses ready to step into the positions of those approaching retirement. This problem was compounded by illness and extreme burnout during the pandemic.

As healthcare facilities faced a shrinking pool of available nurses, travel nurses rose to the occasion to fill in gaps in high-census areas. Because of their flexibility, travel nurses remain a valuable resource for hospitals in dire need of healthcare professionals.

The pandemic was not the only problem plaguing the healthcare system. Other health conditions, like the flu, continue to cause spikes of illness in different cities, regardless of the season. Additionally, many areas experience fluctuating patient counts throughout the year. Travel nurses are instrumental to helping hospitals adapt to high-census seasons and unexpected outbreaks.

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Travel nursing offers support and opportunity

Nursing shortages aren’t the only reason travel nursing remains popular. Nursing is a challenging profession that requires support from healthcare facilities. Support can include a range of things, from higher pay to better patient ratios or expanded benefits.

For nurses looking for a fresh start, travel nursing provides opportunities for more, or different, support, and it frequently comes with a higher salary and the flexibility and time some nurses need to overcome pandemic-related burnout.

Demand for travel nurses continues to grow in 2022, and there are more open positions than ever. To find the right assignment for you, reach out to your Health Providers Choice recruiter today to learn more. We’re committed to helping travel nurses succeed. Contact us online or call us today at 888-299-9800.

About the Author

Rose Torrento

Rosemarie Torrento has worked in health care for more than 26 years, beginning as a registered nurse in 1988. Early in her nursing career, Torrento worked as a freelance contract nurse before accepting a position in nursing administration. During her 17-year tenure in that role, she oversaw nursing employment and travel nurse contracting at a Level 1 Trauma Hospital in Michigan. Understanding the challenges travel nurses faced, Torrento founded Health Providers Choice Inc. (HPC) in 2003. Through Torrento’s extensive experience and her role as President and CEO, HPC provides travel placement of registered nurses and allied health professionals to hospital systems nationally.