The end of the year can be a joyous time filled with holidays and being surrounded by friends and family. The end of the year also means that 2023 is just around the corner. It’s a good time of year to do some self-reflection and figure out how you want your life to be different in the coming months. Nurses who want to increase the amount they travel, the amount they make, and the amount of experience they have should consider becoming a travel nurse in 2023.
The Need For Travel Nurses Is Only Going To Grow In 2023
Nursing shortages are no new thing, in fact, the U.S. has experienced nursing shortages since the early 1900s. However, the nursing shortage announced in 2012 was unlike any shortage before it and has only worsened in the wake of the 2020 pandemic. It is estimated that in order to not make the shortage worse, an estimated 1.2 million new nurses will need to be registered by 2030.
This means a lot of open and available positions that hospitals will need to fill and are willing to pay handsomely for. Becoming a travel nurse will enable you to leverage your skills and experience across the country to get the best jobs and the highest pay.
2023 Travel Rates Are Expected To Increase
Research from Booking.com has shown that 73% of people are more optimistic about their travel plans for 2023 than they were in 2022. Many people are going to take the next year and prioritize their mental health with breaks and vacations. In fact, Americans with the ability to take time off and the means plan on taking an average of 3.8 international vacations this next year. With less worry about the pandemic, people are ready to start traveling again.
So with the increase in travel demand, it’s only fair to assume that prices associated with travel will also increase for travel companies to cash in on the opportunity. Airfare is expected to rise at least 8% next year. However, when you are a travel nurse, you’re the one who gets paid to travel! If you are already planning on going on a few vacations next year, then consider becoming a travel nurse instead. It is truly the best of both worlds to get paid to do your job while also getting to cross places off your vacation bucket list.
Guard against the economy
Many economists are predicting a recession is going to take place in 2023. Becoming a travel nurse can help you to guard against this in two ways. The first is job security. Opening up your job availability to every state means there will always be a job that you can apply for. Plus, traveling allows you to expand on your skills and get a wider variety of experience – making you a more sought-after candidate.
The second way that becoming a travel nurse can help you guard against a recession is the increase in pay. Travel nurses get paid more than on-staff nurses and so this increase in salary can help you fight against inflation and be able to save more.
There are a lot of reasons to become a travel nurse in 2023 – and Ventura MedStaff is here to help you on your journey. Our recruiters are available to talk to you and help to answer your questions about trying this career path in the coming year. Contact us today to get started!