The nursing shortage has created many different opportunities for nurses. The travel nursing field is one that has been growing yearly in all parts of the country, even worldwide. It is providing opportunities for RN's and LPN's that were once never available.
The nurses shortage is a complicated situation that didn't happen overnight and certainly won't be fixed quickly either. In the meantime, travel nurses are filling the need. Everywhere from Maine to California, Washington to Florida... even Hawaii and Alaska. Some adventurous nurses are even going to the Caribbean and farther overseas.
All of these opportunities are available in every field. Whether you are a Pediatric ICU nurse, med/surg nurse, ICU nurse or an OR nurse (of course all others are available as well) you will find a travel assignment to help with the shortage.
There also continues to be a need with all disciplines. Whether you are a LPN, RN, or Nurse Practitioner (NP) you will find jobs in travel nursing. The need to LPN's unfortunately has been on a down slide but they are still available. You simply need to know where to look. RN's and NP's are enjoying the diversity and abundance they always have.
Nurses that are willing to go where the need is, are enjoying great pay, new learning opportunities and are able to see areas they may not have been able to see otherwise. They are learning new skills and doing this while enjoying new places. The benefits are some of the best that nurses enjoy.
It's not uncommon these days for a nurse to spend most of their career as a travel nurse. It's an exciting way to advance your career and the benefits and pay make the travel affordable and enjoyable. While multiple jobs may have once been a problem now it is considered an asset.
Travel nursing is certainly not for everyone, as some nurses may prefer the stability of working in a single location. If you have an adventurous spirit and enjoy new learning experiences, it can be a wonderful way to expand your horizons, especially with the nursing shortage.