Many dialysis nurses use traveling to get a wider variety of experiences in different locations. In the end, traveling nurses often have more control over the direction of their career than most traditional nurses
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Oklahoma City (PRWEB) August 21, 2008
Several states, including New York and Massachusetts, recently passed laws that prohibit medical facilities from scheduling overtime for their nursing staff. This may contribute to the rising gap between the current amount of nurses and the number of patients who need their care; the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) recently stated that the number of unfilled nursing jobs could reach a record high of 500,000 by 2025.
Medical facilities and nurses alike have turned to a relatively new industry to combat the nursing shortage: travel nursing. Travel nursing jobs offer a creative solution for facilities looking to provide care for their patients. Dialysis nursing jobs in particular have become plentiful; people often experience problems with kidneys first as they age, and the population is getting increasingly older.
"With such a high demand, we usually place our nurses within one day to three weeks," said John Riner, Director of Travel for Foundation Medical Staffing. "And on average, traveling nurses can stay in an area as little as 90 days to as long as a year or more."
The concept is simple: nurses travel to different medical facilities across the country and work only as long as needed. This saves the facilities money by giving them the option to supplement their staff only where necessary, allowing them to abide by the new laws while still meeting patient needs. And although these nurses work on temporary basis, they still receive full-time benefits.
"A common misconception is that if you travel you do not have job security or benefits. Neither is true," said Riner. "Each of our nurses receives a comprehensive benefits package on every assignment."
Overall, travel nursing jobs offer a rewarding experience; nurses have the opportunity to sightsee in many parts of the country while furthering their careers by working in a variety of professional settings.
"Many dialysis nurses use traveling to get a wider variety of experiences in different locations. In the end, traveling nurses often have more control over the direction of their career than most traditional nurses," said Riner.
About Foundation Medical Staffing
Foundation Medical Staffing is the nation's leading provider of staffing services for dialysis professionals, including dialysis nurses, managers, dieticians and patient care technicians. Founded in 1999, the company also provides traveling rehabilitation therapists to hospitals and healthcare organizations nationwide. For more information, visit http://www.foundationmedicalstaffing.com.