Last week I wrote on the state of the travel industry. I had a response from a reader in regard to his views on the industry. I was going to post a response following his, but decided to dedicate this week’s post to it instead.
Last week Jason Lander wrote that from what he was seeing, “…it doesn’t seem anything is getting better yet. At best, it has stopped getting worse – meaning, we seem to have hit the bottom and have stabilized.” Jason goes on to report that the travel nursing industry has taken a 44% hit this year. For those of us travelers who have sought an assignment this year, this number is not at all difficult to believe.
However, I do respectfully disagree with Jason on his view of the current state of the industry. From what I read in Jason’s online profile, he is the founder of a company that deals with healthcare vendor management. This certainly does not discredit his stance in any way, but it means that he is coming from a different viewpoint.
I write about things I see in the industry from the traveler’s perspective. Have I had trouble finding a travel assignment this year? Yes. Have I still found a travel assignment this year? Again, yes.
This summer was probably the slowest anyone of us has seen in decades. I have been traveling since 1995 and have never had the troubles finding an assignment as I have this year. However, I did still find an assignment and I also work with nurses who are just starting in the field of travel nursing who have also found assignments. Additionally, I work in a unit with many travelers. Some of them have continued contracts here, while others have gone on to work travel assignments elsewhere. In the past two months, I have worked with two travelers, one who took an assignment in Vegas, the other, Oahu. When a traveler can still get an assignment in Sin City or a lush tropical setting, I just don’t see things being all that bad.
I agree with Jason that the travel industry has taken a severe blow this year, but from what I am seeing on the “front lines”, thing are improving. Furthermore, we are heading into the busy season for snowbird states such as Arizona and Florida where needs will again spike over the winter.
I’m not saying that the travel industry is anywhere near what it was, but I do see it moving slowly in a positive direction.