Omaha, NE (June 4, 2015) - If you are an RN who is thinking about becoming a travel nurse, or you are already taking on travel nursing assignments, you might be curious about which U.S. states have the highest demand for nurses. Travel nursing jobs leader, Aureus Medical Group, shares information pertaining to the states with the highest travel nurse demand.
According to All Healthcare, there will be a need for more than 1 million nurses in the U.S. by next year, making travel nursing one of the most in-demand careers around. While all states are seeing a high demand across the board, there are some areas with an increased need.
We recently spoke with Travis Schmidt, a branch manager for Aureus Medical, who explained state-by-state trends and how they relate to the future of travel nursing. Whether you're motivated by a higher salary or finding assignments in places where there's a substantial need, having this information could help you narrow down what kinds of assignments best suit your career goals and ambitions.
Where are nurses needed the most?
As the population increases and people move to more urban areas, certain areas of the country simply need more nurses because more people are living in those respective states.
"Right now they're going to be California, Florida, Arizona, Texas … anything that has the highest population has the greatest demand," Schmidt said.
Schmidt also mentioned that states with warmer climates generally become more attractive places to live and to work once the colder weather arrives. However, because these states are some of the most desirable overall, according to Schmidt, they tend to have a high demand for nursing assignments year-round.
Factors behind high demand
The Affordable Care Act has influenced many sectors of the healthcare industry, and the demand for travel nursing is no different. Thanks to the insurance reforms outlined in the legislation, a larger percentage of individuals have access to medical care, and need nurses to help deliver these treatments.
In the past few years the U.S. has started to climb its way out of a recession, and nurses are also seeing a more diverse demand for surgeries and treatments.
"The economy [has] improved as well, so people are getting more elective surgeries done," Schmidt explained.
Read the full article for more on the most in-demand states for travel nurses.
About Aureus Medical Group:
Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing specializing in the successful placement of Nursing, Advanced Practice, Cardiopulmonary, Diagnostic Imaging, Medical Laboratory, Neurodiagnostics, Radiation Oncology, and Rehabilitation Therapy professionals, as well as Physicians, in hospitals and medical facilities nationwide. With more than 30 years of experience, Aureus Medical offers a full range of staffing options, including national contract (travel), local contract, and direct hire. Aureus Medical is the largest affiliate of Omaha-based C&A Industries, a leading provider of human capital management solutions for more than 45 years.