New Statistics on How COVID-19 is Affecting Travel Nursing

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The travel nurse industry is stepping up to fill the desperate need for nurses during the COVID-19 crisis. This week new data from TravelNurseSource.com reveals just how much travel nurse specialties are being affected by COVID-19.

I’ve never seen anything like this in almost 15 years of being in this industry.

The travel nurse industry is stepping up to fill the desperate need for nurses during the COVID-19 crisis. This week new data from TravelNurseSource.com reveals just how much travel nurse specialties are being affected by COVID-19.

TravelNurseSource.com, the leading online career platform for travel nurses and travel nurse agencies, is releasing proprietary data on the travel nursing job demand amid the COVID-19 crisis. The data reveals the transformation in travel nurse job demands from March 2020 compared to February 2020.

The findings showed that demand for certain travel nursing specialties increased drastically from February 2020 to March 2020 when compared to normal industry trends. For example:

  • ICU/Critical Care – increased by 59%
  • RNFA – increased by 64%
  • ER/Trauma – increased by 62%
  • Med/Surg – increased by 14%

Meanwhile, the following specialties saw a decrease in job demand during the same time frame:

  • Pain Management – decreased by 49%
  • PICU – decreased by 29%
  • Pediatrics – decreased by 28%
  • OR – decreased by 16%

While many healthcare workers expected some of these specialties to increase or decrease during a virus outbreak such as COVID-19, the data is still eye-opening. It calls attention to the areas and specialties that are most needed during a situation such as this.

The data also exposed the most hard-hit areas and locations where travel nurses are needed the most. For example, the following locations had the largest increase in demand from February 2020 to March 2020 when compared to normal industry trends.

  • Washington – increased by 93%
  • Rhode Island – increased by 87%
  • Massachusetts – increased by 79%
  • South Dakota – increased by 76%
  • New Jersey – increased by 63%
  • New York – increased by 61%

In addition to the rise and fall of demand in certain nurse specialties, TravelNurseSource.com also found that pay-rates for nurses willing to travel to designated crisis areas increased by 76%. So, not only is the demand high for many travel nursing specialties, but so is the pay.

As expected, TravelNurseSource.com, along with other niche job boards, has pivoted its marketing efforts towards certain specialties and locations and away from others in order to meet the demand of the industry. This includes directing applicants to crisis jobs right away, providing up-to-date information on changes to the industry, and tracking how these trends will fluctuate as the virus impact starts to level off across the country.

“I’ve never seen anything like this in almost 15 years of being in this industry,” said Oliver Feakins, President and owner of TravelNurseSource.com’s parent company, TrackFive.

TravelNurseSource.com is a travel nursing job board owned by TrackFive. TrackFive is a privately held technology company that was founded in 2007 in Lancaster, Pa. As a corporate holding company, TrackFive owns a network of industry-specific websites, from trucking to healthcare, that present unique marketing and promotional opportunities for clients. The websites include TravelNurseSource.com, AlliedTravelCareers.com, LocumJobsOnline.com, and AllTruckJobs.com. The brands are designed to help clients find a steady stream of highly qualified referrals. From referral generation to job boards and online advertising, TrackFive websites feature outstanding resources designed to complement and enhance existing marketing initiatives for its clients across the nation. Learn more at https://trackfive.com/.

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