Is it "Game Over" for Travel Nurses? Pay Cuts, Saturated Market May 2022

Is it "Game Over" for Travel Nurses? Pay Cuts, Saturated Market May 2022

Are there still good jobs out there for Travel Nurses and what does the future of the industry look like? In this video John lays out his thoughts on today’s Travel Nursing market.

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  1. Sarah C on May 26, 2022 at 12:01 am

    Aside from when hospitals are short staffed, what’s the advantage to them to hire traveling nurses instead of full time staff?

  2. 101taiga on May 26, 2022 at 12:08 am

    Going on my fifth year as a traveler so I’m fine with going back to pre-Covid rates, but some of the rates are WAY lower (at least in the PNW). Was contracted mid April for mid-May start in Everett WA, and 2 days before contract starts, the pay was cut in half. Canceled that contract and got another offer just today at an excellent rate in Washington. Hope they dot pull the old bait and switch this time. But, I had to go with a different agency because they had hospitals not listed with my previous agency. Definitely think it’s a good idea now to be linked to more than one agency. It’s a pain to jump through all the hoops again, but definitely worth it in the long run. Happy travels to you! I contract every winter in Arizona and LOVE it but no way I could be there any other time of year. 🥵

  3. Kathy Erikson on May 26, 2022 at 12:08 am

    In Minnesota my nurse friends
    are being enticed to pick up shifts at the rate of 200$ for a 4 hour shift. Plus they get their time and a half . Nurse pay in Minnesota is quite good . A new grad makes over 70k. This may be what is making less demand for travel nursing . My daughter is a paramedic and they also offer bonuses to pick up shifts

  4. Frank family on May 26, 2022 at 12:09 am

    Been part time traveling for 10 years and although the rates are “normalizing”, they’re still better than pre-COVID rates. I’ve been telling the travel nurses who got into traveling during COVID to not get used to this kind of money. Once the travelers who got into traveling for the COVID money go back to “regular jobs”, contracts will be a little easier to get like they were in the past.

  5. zach walden on May 26, 2022 at 12:10 am

    Do you submit through different agencies or stick with atlas?

  6. Sherri Smith on May 26, 2022 at 12:12 am

    My hospital cancelled most of the travel contracts and is offering short term employment at higher pay to keep the agency away. Have you seen that?

  7. Josh Granly on May 26, 2022 at 12:13 am

    So after 2.5 years as Charge RN MS and E.D. back up for critical access I finished ACLS, PALS, TNCC, and NRP. I was hoping my staff position would allow me the growth they promised me at hire (not in writing, my mistake) to work me into full time E.R.. I loved E.R. and I.C.U. as a clinical RN student. I had already possessed a few years experience as an LPN before returning to ADN RN school. I have been travel Nursing now since March full time E.D. in a critical access facility in North Dakota. They extended my contract to 26 weeks after my 5th week there. I can’t complain about my rate. It is less than most but I’m realistic about my expectations and what I want out of this experience besides the money. My question for you is now that a CEN doesn’t have an hour requirement and the E.R. is what I am working on specializing in at this time. Would CEN be better than BSN. I know the BSN might help me with eventually pursuing my E-NP or even managment but I feel I could best serve patients and myself buy gaining more experience in E.R..
    So CEN and maybe CATN, CALS? Or BSN?

  8. Catherine Gilmore on May 26, 2022 at 12:13 am

    Joseph is working his first contract an hour and a half from our home, while we stay here and finish the school year. I am also expecting baby #4 in early September so that has us planning a move back to ENC come July to be surrounded by family and friends while he travels. His recruiter did call him Mother’s Day weekend to prepare him for a pay cut in the last few weeks of his contract. He is hoping to extend his contract until the end of August, but I know he’s having concerns about locking in another contract as well as how to know if he’s doing a great job, good job, or filling a space. I think this information will give him some hope and inspiration as he moves forward in his next decisions. He’s also planning to become certified in his specialty to cement his standing and "buff" up his own resume. Been watching all your amazing updates on life; the new rig, Ruby (she’s a beaut), the house. Hope like always nothing but good things for ya’ll and congratulations on all of it. See you in the next video. 🙂

  9. Faith, Love, & Chaos on May 26, 2022 at 12:15 am

    My wife is a NICU nurse and she started travel nursing in NOV in Columbus OH she extended there for an additional 3 months and just finished up last week. Now we are heading to Bozeman, MT on Tuseday for her next contract we are super excited. You guys have definitely be an inspiration to us!

  10. 1981bhr on May 26, 2022 at 12:17 am

    I just landed contract #4 after 89 submissions across 4 different agencies. Patience is the key right now. Thanks for the update!

  11. Cindy Wall on May 26, 2022 at 12:22 am

    Thanks for the info! I’m starting a new contract next week in Albuquerque at a little lower than what I was getting previously but still better than staff! Would love to hear your input on the way hospitals are cutting rates mid-contract and how you would deal with that.

  12. Kathy Erikson on May 26, 2022 at 12:23 am

    cordelaine Idaho is beautiful! We camp at Priest Lake Idaho every few years. You will love it if you end up there.

  13. Pixie Bus Adventures on May 26, 2022 at 12:23 am

    Thank you for speaking on this. .. not a shameless plug it’s a great opportunity for other travel nurses to have a place to stay . I’m so glad ya’ll have your home base ready to go for what you intended it for. Congratulations!

  14. Prohodaction on May 26, 2022 at 12:26 am

    How is it going?, iLke it! gorgeous -mr, 🌟

  15. TJ on May 26, 2022 at 12:32 am


  16. Mary Ihle on May 26, 2022 at 12:34 am

    Thank you so much for the content!
    First time leaving a comment but have followed you for quiet some time. We went full time rv life with my husband whom is a ICU travel nurse in March. A little scary with how much of a dip we saw. That being said we are still optimistic. I wanted to ask how far ahead do you start looking for a contract?
    Also Arizona is my home! Have loved watching your content due seeing a little bit of my ❤ since I left. 109 lol I know that temp all too well! I have always said after 100 it is just hot no matter the temperature 🤣.

  17. Kenny P Road To Recovery on May 26, 2022 at 12:34 am

    Great Topic. I shared this link with a couple Nurse Friends

  18. Dream Up on May 26, 2022 at 12:36 am

    Remember that this is the summer too when things tend to slow down. Should pick up in fall and winter.

  19. Lauren on May 26, 2022 at 12:37 am

    and any employer should HONOUR FREE CHOICE for the nurses for their personal decisions regarding their OWN health care; bc the vx is NOT a vx at all.

  20. Jennifer Fagan on May 26, 2022 at 12:37 am

    OR nurse here and still a big need for traveling. I got a job first day my applications went out. Start next contract in a couple weeks in NC!

  21. n1uno1965 on May 26, 2022 at 12:39 am

    Great info! Thanks for sharing 😘🖖🏻🙏🏻👍🏻

  22. Lonnie m Carroll on May 26, 2022 at 12:39 am

    We secured a great contract first of April on Indian reservation. Best thing we ever done. Great pay, best ratio ever, $5k bonus. Check out tribal health. Thanks we leaned on y’all’s videos heavy a year ago and no regrets for us!

  23. Brian Sloan on May 26, 2022 at 12:40 am

    Just wait till someone with Ebola virus gets The Covid virus and that strain comes out! You be busy.

  24. RJ's Music Studio on May 26, 2022 at 12:40 am

    Travel nursing is not worth it for pre Covid pay. Inflation is high that if you take a contract for under 3k a week then it’s not worth it. I will not take a assignment for less than 3k a week.

  25. Brandon VanNatta on May 26, 2022 at 12:45 am

    Wish they would pay the local nurses what they pay travel nurses…. Maybe they would be able to retain the good nurses locally vs farming them out to schedule fillers.

  26. L A C on May 26, 2022 at 12:54 am

    I’m a hospice travel nurse. On my second contract. I’m in Santa Cruz, CA right now 🙂

  27. Chasing_Tail_ RV on May 26, 2022 at 12:55 am

    3rd year travelling (again). HCA rates ARE back to precovid levels 1700-1800/week based on what was offered. Contracts seem to be shorter in length, I am having to look farther away from home.

  28. Igor Kovpak on May 26, 2022 at 12:56 am

    2:08 artísticas son unos mikujava.Monster mamuchas y uno buen ejercicio.2:08 5:25 Se deja ver quej hay muy buenos resultados ❤