What is the future of nursing? Will it be an environment of safer staffing, or will it be the same
as it has been? Short staffing, no breaks and a dash to the APN finish line. For nurses who
have grown frustrated within hospital systems, they are finding ways to earn more money and
have some control over their nursing destiny via travel nursing both in their home
states and through travel assignments around the country.
Benefits of travel nursing include higher pay while still maintaining good benefits. Travel nurses
report earnings 10-20% higher than their hospital staff colleagues while working a relatively
Travel nursing might not be the perfect choice for everyone, but if you love nursing, and
dislike hospital politics, this could be a great fit for you. Assignments range from weeks to
months, which makes finding your happy nursing place an adventure, and not a mistake.
Let's face it I'm sure you have all had at least one run in with a recruiter or nurse manager
who might have been a used car salesperson in their past life. Everything appears great and
wonderful on your brisk tour through the unit, but once you have started you feel like you have
been abducted by some alien ship and transported to hell unit. You know what hell unit is, chronically
understaffed, no such thing as the break you were told you were going to enjoy in the break room
(no wonder it was so clean) and the smiling faces on the orientation folder just can't be found.
The world class lab they told you about seems to misplace labs at least twice a shift and you
haven't seen the mythical PCTs they promised would be turning your patients q2 hours and drawing your
labs that inevitably get lost as mentioned previously. Unfortunately you are now a full time
employee of the hospital and you can only suck it up for 6 months to a year, because you leaving
would certainly raise questions on a resume.
While travel nursing might not fix unsafe staffing, it might be a means for you to leave the
frustration for a little while as you move forward on your nursing journey and grab some great experiences
and skills along the way.
2018-2019 NJ Staffing Bills
A1470 which if all goes well will be Senate Bill S989.
Current Sponsors Who Care About the Safety of Their Constituents
Assembly Bill 1470
Benson, Daniel R. as Primary Sponsor
Murphy, Carol A. as Primary Sponsor
Eustace, Tim as Primary Sponsor
Jimenez, Angelica M. as Co-Sponsor
Jasey, Mila M. as Co-Sponsor
Danielsen, Joe as Co-Sponsor
Giblin, Thomas P. as Co-Sponsor
Gusciora, Reed as Co-Sponsor
Zwicker, Andrew as Co-Sponsor
Senate Bill 989
Vitale, Joseph F. as Primary Sponsor
Weinberg, Loretta as Primary Sponsor
Gordon, Robert M. as Co-Sponsor
Cruz-Perez, Nilsa as Co-Sponsor
Gopal, Vin as Co-sponsor
Greenstein, Linda as Co-sponsor
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