Top Specialties for Travel Nursing

ER Team - Top Specialties for Travel NursingThose who want to become travel nurses often wonder if there are top specialties for travel nursing that they should focus on that would make them more marketable in the industry. In general, the demand in travel nursing tends to follow the demand in the nursing industry at large — which is big and poised to become even huger in the coming years. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nurse employment is projected to grow up to 18 percent between the years of 2011 and 2018.

While it’s true that a nurse with any specialty can find work in the travel nursing industry, Healthcare Traveler Magazine recently published an article detailing 7 specialties especially in demand for nurses now and expected to have even greater demand in the future. They spoke with several industry experts and the 7 top specialties for travel nursing that emerged were:

  • ICU
  • Telemetry
  • Neonatal
  • OR
  • Dialysis
  • Labor and Delivery
  • ER

This is not to say that if a specialty is not on this list it should be overlooked. Every nurse has a natural area or areas of interest and at the end of the day you will be the best at doing work that you are most passionate about. For the most part these top specialties for travel nursing are ranked due to a demand in the aging population or in some cases the need for critical care nurses. Especially when traveling, a nurse of any specialty must be able to jump right into even the most intense situation.

Click here for the full Healthcare Traveler article, which provides an excellently detailed foundation of reasoning for these rankings of top specialties for travel nursing, as explained and defended by industry experts. The article also has some great “Fast Facts” for each specialty.


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Traveling Nurse Blog Round Up 2/1/2013

Been a little behind on your travel nurse reading? That’s OK!  We’ve complied some of the best blog posts about travel nursing from the past few weeks.

Here they are:

The rewards of travel nursing

By Aya Healthcare Blog on Jan 21st,  2013
aya - Traveling Nurse Blog Round Up 2/1/2013Travel nursing assignments are among the most unique and rewarding career opportunities available.  That being said, the many benefits that travel nursing jobs offer are not without their own challenges.

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Ways for a travel nurse to become a better leader

By Aureus Medical Group on January 31st, 2013
blogicon Aureus1 - Traveling Nurse Blog Round Up 2/1/2013New evidence shows that a travel nurse with leadership training and advanced education is in a better position to help his or her workplace and create a more effective unit.
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How to Handle Mail on Your Travel Nurse Assignment

By Jeannie, Travel Nursing Blogs on Jan 25th, 2013
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Moving to a new assignment every 3 months takes a lot of patience and organization, including taking care of your mail and bills. But how do most travel nurses handle their mail situation?
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Travel Nursing – Is It Worth It Without a Tax-home?

By Kyle, The Truth about Travel Nursing on Feb 1st, 2013
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Travel nursing agencies and their recruiters trumpet the benefits of tax-free stipends in their marketing campaigns and sales pitches. And of course, why wouldn’t they? In most cases, the tax-free stipends can result in hundreds of additional dollars making their way into the pocket of the travel nurse.
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Top 10 expectations for a travel nurse

By Mighty Nurse on Jan 29th, 2013
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The top 10 things that a hospital should consider when working with Travel Nurses (from a Travel Nurse perspective):
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