Business Wire says the U.S. health staffing market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.6% until 2030. One of the main contributing factors to this growth is the current shortage of nurses and primary care doctors across the country.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), around 500,000 nurses are expected to retire over the next few years. Also, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges, a shortage of primary care doctors upwards of 55,200 is to be expected by 2032.
This dire need, mixed with the undeniable benefits of temporary staffing in the healthcare market, means more providers and clinicians are likely to pick up locum tenens/travel work as years go on. According to the report, “the locum tenens segment is anticipated to witness the highest growth owing to the cost-effectiveness of hiring temporary employees and an increase in the trend of physicians opting for becoming locum tenens.”
More time off, more money, and chances to travel– that’s the experience that providers are signing up for. Travel nursing is a win-win for both providers and facilities. Roles get filled at facilities with capable specialists ensuring patients get the care they need during times of leave, and providers walk away with a healthy balance book and often a unique experience to add to their resume.
Temporary staffing is a perfect solution for any facility facing leave problems. Whether a full-timer has gone on maternity leave, suffered an injury, or scheduled a vacation, Barton Healthcare Staffing can help alleviate staffing stresses by finding a travel clinician to fill that hole for however long it may be.
Travel nurses especially will be in demand over the next decade, with nearly 800,000 new nurses expected to enter the field by 2030 according to Health Provider’s Choice (HPC).
Working as a travel nurse is one of the premiere ways to maximize earnings as an RN, but some reports warn providers to be wary of the locations you may land. According to HPC, many states including the likes of New York, Ohio, and more may face nursing “surpluses” during this same time frame.
In essence, this phenomenon occurs when states are on the opposite end of this issue– having too much talent in-state and thus not being able to offer as much to available candidates. No to say there won’t be work, as facilities will always have a need for someone to step in, but some states are projected to be better positioned for offering temporary positions.
California for example, is set to fall nearly 50,000 nurses short of their predicted 2030 demand. This type of deficit means travel RNs would likely be more welcomed by the state, as opposed to in Florida where they’re expected to receive about 50,000 more nurses than necessary by 2030.