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By March 26, 2008 0 Comments

Travel nursing, cure or cause of nursing shortage?


Here is an interesting article about the nursing shortage and one hospital’s efforts to fight it using shift bidding. One thing that struck me was the blaming of the nursing shortage partially on travel nursing, when in reality travel nursing is a solution to the nursing shortage.

It is a strange relationship between the two because obviously travel nurses are nurses who choose not to work at just one hospital, potentially leaving a void at one hospital while filling one at another. I think much more can be said for the lack of new nurses coming in to the workforce and the huge number leaving it than anything else.

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My name is Jeff Long. I’m the Marketing Director at Medical Solutions, one of the leading travel nursing companies. I have never been a nurse and am not a recruiter. I have worked at Medical Solutions for over five years and think it is a great company that has a lot to offer nurses and allied health professionals interested in a travel career. I do post just a small sampling of travel nursing jobs from Medical Solutions, but mostly I write about travel nursing. On this site you will not be recruited on this blog (unless you specifically inquire about traveling with Medical Solutions then I will forward your info to a Recruiter). I understand that you are reading and/or commenting on this blog purely for informational purposes and I want you to enjoy that experience My job is to help you meet your career goals by sharing information, advice and the benefits of travel nursing with you.

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  1. eJane says:

    This was an interesting article, thank you. Does Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center use travel nurses? If the idea of bidding on extra shifts is working, then do it! What surprised me is that most hospital RNs are in their forties and will be leaving/retiring soon–this is real scary unless hospitals can do something to attract and keep the younger nurses.

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