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A Brief History of Travel Nursing

About Travel Nursing

A Brief History of Travel Nursing

For qualified nurses who want to get more out of their careers, Travel Nursing has been nothing short of a revolution. Beyond the significant bump in pay it affords, the sheer freedom of traveling around the country and seeing new places while gaining important, resume-building experience is something that can only be described as “life-changing.”


But it hasn’t always been that way. In fact, Travel Nursing is still a fairly young movement, having only been around for about forty years. By contrast, modern nursing is about 175 years old, dating back to the beginning of Florence Nightingale’s career.


Although Nightingale traveled substantially throughout her career, the modern concept of Travel Nursing didn’t really begin until 1978, when hospitals in New Orleans began to build up their nursing staff in order to handle the swell of traffic they would experience during Mardi Gras. With only so many qualified nurses around, hospitals in the Big Easy put the word out to other communities that they needed temporary help, and Travel Nursing was born.


During the 1980s, this practice began to catch on, as hospitals in places such as Florida and Arizona began to recognize the substantial jump in patients they would treat during the winter months. Rather than maintaining a full staff year-round, it made more financial sense for them to staff up seasonally. It wasn’t long before hospitals everywhere were exploring flexible staffing options to meet their needs.


During this time, rapid advancements in medicine and booming populations were in the process of creating a shortage in skilled nursing, which many hospitals sought to solve by hiring nurses on a temporary basis. As more and more hospitals took up the practice to meet their staffing needs, more and more agencies cropped up to help nurses fill those needs.


Of course, the nursing shortage that gave rise to the Travel Nursing movement continues to this day, with no sign of abating. The World Health Organization estimates a global shortfall of nearly 4.3 million health care professionals including both nurses and physicians. For many hospitals and other acute care facilities, Travel Nursing has become an absolute necessity, and the competition for qualified nurses is often fierce.


Thus, today’s Travel Nurses are in high demand, and can earn as much as 25% more than staff nurses, depending upon their specialty.


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I’m just gonna come right out and say it: There is NOTHING like the Travel Nursing lifestyle.

Not only do you get to travel and see new places, but you earn more doing it. A lot more. Put it this way. You earn enough that you don’t have to work all year round. And since traveling is what I’d do on vacation anyway... It’s perfect for me.

I know it sounds funny, but I didn’t go into Travel Nursing to travel. I just wanted to build my career.

Now here I am getting experience at hospitals all over the country. I’ve even picked up a specialty in Stepdown nursing. So I’m totally going to be ready if I ever decide to settle down into a full time nursing job somewhere. If. Big if. Because I really love the Travel Nursing lifestyle.

I would NEVER Travel with anyone but Nightingale.

Never again. The kind of support you get from Nightingale staff, you just won’t find that anywhere else. They REALLY are there to help you be the best nurse you can be. And who doesn’t want to be the best? Plus you get the best benefits and pay rates in the industry. It’s kind of a no-brainer.

For me, nursing isn’t just a career. It’s a calling.

Being there for people, helping them when they need it the most. This is why I got into nursing. This is why I get up every morning. And Nightingale gets that. I was amazed to find out that they are just as passionate about nursing as I am. That’s important, because I know that whenever I take an assignment, they have my back. Whatever I need. Nightingale takes care of everything, so I can focus on what I do best. And that’s nursing.

If you’re thinking about Travel Nursing and shopping around, just stop. You’re in the right place.

Nightingale is hands down the best. The best nurses, the best jobs, the best support, the best benefits… everything. And the best part is that you get to travel around the country, build up your career, and earn more than you ever would working on staff somewhere. Really, traveling with Nightingale changed my life, Not Travel Nursing. Nightingale. Trust me, they are top notch.

A lot of nurses ask me about Travel Nursing, and I love it. I absolutely love it.

But it’s not the pay, or the benefits, awesome as they are. It’s not the travel, either. Half the time I don’t even know where I want to go. It’s the people. Nightingale’s Nursing Coordinators are JUST THE BEST. They help with everything, from travel plans and housing to professional questions. Everything. They even help me choose the right assignments for me. Because they genuinely care about me. I know. I’m a nurse. I know what genuine caring feels like. I do it all day. That’s why I love Nightingale.