Travel Nurse Jobs Outlook

November 23rd, 2018

November can be a bit of an odd duck month for the travel healthcare job market. As the last month before the busiest season of the year in terms of patient census,  many healthcare facilities are still trying to fill jobs needs with temporary staff. Many states still have job opportunities in the triple digits as of November 13, according to Healthcare Traveler Today.

At the same time, many travelers who were job hunting in September and October are either committed to jobs with November start dates or have pre-booked for late-December or early-January to have free time during the holidays.

Based on current job market data and information from staffing agency recruiters and sales representatives, we expect a slight increase in the volume of available job opportunities, but the amount of application activity should remain relatively flat. In other words, the amount travelers applying to jobs is already quite high and should stay high throughout most of the month.

A good portion of the job market volume increase will come from northern and cold weather states, like Oregon, Michigan, Colorado and Wisconsin. Hospitals in these states will need to fill vacancies left by “snowbird” travelers heading south, said Jamison Reitinger, a client advisor for LiquidAgents Healthcare.

“Bill rates are remaining consistently high in northern territories, except OR-RN rates, which are increasing across the board due to large OR nurse shortages in Wisconsin, Michigan and Colorado,” Reitinger said.

Depending on the severity of this year’s flu season, job market activity could also increase in Southern states like Missouri, Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas, as those states typically see high levels of flu activity earlier than others.

October’s Top Markets

  1. California
  2. Florida
  3. Texas
  4. Michigan
  5. Tennessee
  6. North Carolina
  7. Missouri
  8. Pennsylvania
  9. Arizona
  10. South Carolina
  11. Virginia
  12. Georgia
  13. Indiana
  14. Kentucky
  15. Oklahoma
  16. Arkansas
  17. Maine
  18. Iowa
  19. Idaho
  20. Wisconsin
  21. West Virginia
  22. New Mexico
  23. Nevada
  24. Oregon
  25. Colorado
  26. Hawaii
  27. Ohio
  28. Washington
  29. Massachusetts
  30. New Jersey
  31. Illinois
  32. Louisiana
  33. Utah
  34. Alaska
  35. Minnesota
  36. Alabama
  37. Montana
  38. Kansas
  39. Maryland
  40. Mississippi
  41. New Hampshire
  42. North Dakota
  43. Nebraska
  44. Rhode Island
  45. Wyoming
  46. Connecticut
  47. Washington, D.C.
  48. Delaware
  49. New York
  50. South Dakota
  51. Vermont

This list is created by analyzing the number of travelers applying for jobs in these individual states and Washington D.C. Is not necessarily an indicator of traveler interest in these states and is not necessarily an indicator of job volume. Application data comes from the StaffDNA jobs database.