Originally posted by rncopper
I do not think that travel nursing will ever disappear! There are some companies out there (some as different names now) that have been around for over 25 years!
Facilites ALWAYS will send down the edict: NO MORE TRAVELERS! Ya, right! That lasts for a while, but then either their staff won't work OT or they have had to close down floors, etc. They almost ALL come back to using travelers.
Nursing needs seems to be cyclic. When I graduated in 1993, there was a nursing "glut". It was ver difficult to get a job in the town that I was living in. Luckily, I did.
I think we are coming out of a cyclic time with travelers. Positions were a little tight there for a while (around a year) but positions are popping up! Facilites, for the most part, when, after they go on a hiring spree - and find out they can't either wait for their own staff to get trained OR do not get the new hires they want - come back to travelers.
Traveler pay is decreasing, though. Some of the really big bucks are getting harder and harder to find. I am not saying that they are not out there, though.
Yes, we do make more than regular staff (that is actual wages). Sometimes not much, but then we get little to no orientation, but people seem to forget that the facility does not pay the "bennies" for the traveler: the total compensation package for staff is just slight under what is paid to the traverler in actual wages.
(I don't think I am explaining that well enough! Haven't had my am coffee!!)
So, anyway, no I don't think travelers will disappear! Thank goodness because I NEVER want to be a staff nurse again!!!
I agree that Travel nursing, nor agency per diem won't be going anywhere! Although there isn't a "shortage" now, there will be a great shortage soon! When the "baby boomers",retire, you will see a need like no other! There aren't enough grads now, nor will there be enough, even if every grad in school now graduated remained a nurse, AND remained in the hospital!
When I was in school in 1979, a shortage was forcasted, and that even if they started then, they wouldn't have enough nurses!
You have to think about the fact, that nurses quit working as nurses, nurses go to other non-pt areas of the heatlh field, nurses become stay at home moms, nurses go into business for themselves, become recruiters, pass away, lose their license, become disabled....etc..etc.! There is NO way, hospitals will EVER be able to survive without agency nurses!
I have been an agency nurse for very close to 23yrs, and a traveler for 11yrs almost 12! I have seen many, many changes, but none of it has ever fazed me! I know that at certain times of the year, depending on where I am, the work will fall off, and at others, I wish I was four people. I have learned to take advantage of those times, if I can.
I have went from making $7-9/hr to making 27-30/hr as per diem, and from $14.hr as travel to $28/hr plus housing, travel and bennie as travel. After making this kind of money, there is no way I would go back to working staff, unless the same kind of dollars, and THIS
time I would get it in writing!
There are too many students, and new grads just itching to get into travel or agency, and have no intentions of staying staff! I too have seen hospitals who have tried to get rid of travelers, and agency, only to change their tune, even before
the words were complety out of their mouths! In I have seen them change their minds in the same
One hospital stated that as of Aug 31, of 1997, they wouldn't use any
more agency! That hospital used over 150 travelers at the time, and God only knows how many per diem agency! Their thinking was, that many of the agency working there, had been coming to that hospital as agency for years! Therefore they must really like it there, so if we don't use agency, they will be forced to come on as staff!..:chuckle Smart huh?? NOT!
Not only did they lose the agency nurses, they lost their staff too!!! They're staff saw the writing on the wall, as NO agency, meant the hospital would utilize their MOT!!! By the time the hospital looked again, they had lost soooo many staff nurses, they had to ask the same agency nurses, who they told they would be canceling their contracts to stay!!!! In fact two hospitals in this same area tried this, and both
had to do a quick
about face!! And guess what??? They're still
using travelers and agency!
So in answer to your question ..NO WAY!