Now that our calendar has flipped to November, everyone’s thoughts have turned to the upcoming holiday season, unless you work for Human Resources in a hospital. HR personnel are focused on staffing up for the coming holiday season and not the holiday’s themselves. If you are a travel nurse and have some availability this season, now is the time to discover just how many great opportunities are available. One question many travelers ask is “why are there so many travel jobs available this time of year?” Let’s take a look at why there is such a demand.
Snowbirds! Many warm weather destinations are dealing with an influx of snowbirds flocking to their region for the winter months. This “migration” south and west can put a strain on any health care system’s staffing model.
Vacations. Full-time nurses who have accrued a lot of vacation time often choose to take a lot of time off around the holiday season. Whether to travel home to see family and friends or to take a much-needed end of the year vacation, travel staff is needed to fill in the inevitable scheduling gaps throughout the next few months.
Flexibility. Hospital administrators love to take advantage of the flexibility provided by bringing in travel staff during high demand seasons. Having a traveler in for a 13-week contract to run through the holidays tends to be cheaper than blowing the overtime budget and risk burning out permanent staff. Travel nurses can be recruited with specific skill sets and experience levels, thereby lessening any learning curves and maintaining the quality of care.
Reliability. Travel nurses are extremely reliable. They come into their job knowing they are on a 13-week contract and plan on being there for the full term. Often, travel nurses can earn an end of contract bonus for attendance and for providing quality care. Hospital administrators know that their travel staff are going to show up for work every day and maintain continuity of care.
Costs. When hospitals look at their fully loaded labor cost (salary + benefits) for employing a full-time RN and compare it to the cost of bringing in travel nurses, they find that they can actually save money, especially in large metropolitan areas with high costs of living. These savings have translated into hospitals maintaining set ratios of permanent staff to travel/temporary staff year round.
Before the snow starts to fly, travel nurses around the country should take a good look at their plans for the next three months and decide if they want to cash in on a terrific, assignment opportunity. Supplemental Health Care has hundreds of travel opportunities available to consider. Contact your recruiter today and let them know you are ready to travel for the holidays! If you are new to travel nursing, visit Supplemental Health Care’s Travel Division page to learn more and send us your note of interest.