Travel Nursing Demands Shift to Pacific Northwest

The travel nurse employment boom is ramping up in the Northwest

Release Date: 
Monday February 18, 2008
Press Release Source: 
Press Release Location: 
Boca Raton, FL

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The travel nurse employment boom in Florida, Arizona and other warm weather states is in a seasonal low, with travel nurse positions adequately filled for the season, report hospitals in the Sunbelt. But new travel nursing markets have begun to appear in the Pacific Northwest says traveling nurse staffing agency, American Traveler.

“Midseason demand in warmer areas has fallen off, and traveling nurses have begun to converge on a variety of fun and interesting cities in the Pacific Northwest such as Seattle, Washington; Vacaville, California; and Puyallup, Washington.” said Deb Bacurin, clinical resource manager for American Traveler.

Bacurin noted a 32 percent increase in travel nurse postings in states such as California, Washington, Oregon and others in the Northwest. She encourages traveling nurses to take advantage of high paying positions and to be open-minded with regard to location. Although warmer climates are what often lure new travelers to the travel nursing industry, in a Medical News Today July 2007 survey, high pay, benefits and flexible schedules were listed as the primary motivations for both new and seasoned professionals alike to turn to travel nursing.

Economists at the Office of Financial Management say that Oregon and Washington State economies continue to outperform others in the nation with the nursing demands. Net migration and jobs are on the rise and healthcare markets are exhibiting signs of long-term growth.

“The rise in travel positions in the Northwest can mainly be contributed the trend of people moving to the major metropolitan areas in both Oregon and Washington,” said American Traveler's Hospital Marketing Director. “Hospital officials in both states have recognized that they need to hire more travel nurses to keep up with the demand on their Healthcare delivery systems.”

“The lifestyle opportunity in these areas is immense and the potential for career satisfaction incredible,” said Bacurin. “Destinations listed in the Pacific Northwest will surely bring traveling nurses pleasure, excitement and quality of life.”

American Traveler staffs thousands of top-ranked hospitals across the U.S. If you’re a Registered Nurse, ORT or RT, American Traveler has high paying travel nurse jobs for you.

For more information on positions in the Northwest, call 800-884-8788 or apply online today!

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American Traveler Staffing Professionals is a healthcare staffing agency and workforce management solutions company. The agency delivers nursing and allied health professionals to more than 3,500 hospitals nationwide including six state hospital associations and the three largest healthcare systems in the United States. American Traveler is GSA-approved and the go-to staffing source for temporary and permanent registered nurses, occupational therapists and physical therapists. The company has continuously demonstrated the quality of its healthcare staffing services by earning the Joint Commission’s prestigious Gold Seal of Approval since 2005.

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