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Travel nursing and the current economic recession: December 2008 update.

Posted Dec 20 2008 6:46pm

We are all familiar with the history of the on-going nursing shortage and how it is only expected to get worse over time.  In fact, many of us may have become a bit spoiled or complacent during the times when so many nursing jobs were vacant and travel positions were abundant.  But what happens to the travel nursing industry during the worst recession in recent memory?


Well so far, the economic recession combined with normal end-of-year hospital budget pressures has greatly diminished the number of open travel positions.  Many travelers are chomping at the bit and fiercely competing for the few available assignments.


All things pass and so shall this.  As dire as times may seem, there is a bright spot on the horizon.  More travel positions should begin to open up in early 2009 as budgets are replenished and the economy hopefully begins to gain some momentum.


Will you be ready?  What can you do to maximize your chances of getting an assignment?


Now is a great time to prepare for 2009 by talking with your recruiter and getting all of your paperwork in order.  Your profile will then be ready for submission as soon as new travel openings are posted.  Now is not the time to have any unnecessary delays in presenting your profile.   The early bird usually gets the worm. 


During these times, you also need to be extremely flexible.  Flexible in terms of what shifts you will work and the locations you will travel to.  If you have experience in multiple specialties, now would be a great time to be open in that regard as well. 


Here's to a great 2009!

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