Last year, we saw a huge spike in demand for travel nurses across the country. The demand for increased COVID-19 support brought more competitive salary offers, which in turn made the opportunity of travel nursing incredibly enticing. In fact, the Health Resources and Services Administration reported that the amount of travel nurses in the United States increased from 31,000 to over 50,000 between 2018 and 2020. From an outsider’s perspective, being a travel nurse can look like a desirable career path, but there are many factors to consider before choosing travel nursing over a long-term position. At Eisenhower Health, we’re confident we can provide the same amount of adventure and wanderlust as travel nursing might bring, while also guaranteeing stability and community.
Growth and Recognition Opportunities
One of the main expectations of being a travel nurse is that you move around to different cities every three – six months as the demand for nurses at different hospitals presents itself. This nomadic lifestyle certainly does not lend itself to career growth opportunities within one specific institution. Committing to a full-time position within a hospital however, opens up future doors for internal promotions and long-term career growth. At Eisenhower Health, we are delighted to promote nurses within our existing staff. In addition to helping our staff further their careers, we also have multiple performance excellence and recognition programs to honor and reward nurses that excel in their role, especially our tenured nurses.
Extended Education Opportunities
At Eisenhower Health, we find it incredibly important to invest in those who invest their career path with us. No matter where you are in your nursing career, our Nursing Education Program provides continuing education exclusive to our nursing staff. We offer a variety of innovative programs including a monthly Nursing Grand Rounds series, independent study and online courses, skills labs, workshops and conferences. Many classes are offered free of charge, and there are even tuition reimbursement opportunities for nurses enrolled in degree programs.
Travel nursing allows you to explore a variety of places but our 130-acre campus in Rancho Mirage offers a resort-style lifestyle with accessibility to some incredible and diverse areas of Southern California. Eisenhower Health’s award-winning medical facilities located in the Coachella Valley, are just 10 miles away from the desert oasis that is Palm Springs, and a convenient international airport. We are a two hour drive to the sunny beaches of San Diego or the bustling city of Los Angeles. If the mountains are more your style, you can find yourself at multiple ski resorts in less than a two hour drive. Surf today, snowboard tomorrow! We’re confident that once you’re here, you won’t want to leave. We even offer up to $15,000 in relocation services to ensure a seamless experience in calling Palm Springs your new permanent home.
Join a Diverse and Supportive Community
One of the biggest knocks on travel nursing is the inability to create a sense of community and develop a support system within a hospital. With the stress, depression and anxiety many nurses have faced due to COVID-19, relying on teammates, colleagues and support from the surrounding community is more important than ever. A study conducted by the Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative found that while the general population experiences depression at a rate of 9%, nurses experience depression at a rate of 18%. For travel nurses, having to move and start over on building your support system and friendships in a new city every three – six months can be exhausting and disorienting, and invites a whole new set of challenges for your mental health.
At Eisenhower Health, we’re committed to fostering an environment of culture and equality and we welcome all of our new team members with open arms. We have even been recognized as a Leader in LGBTQ Health Care Equality in the Health Care Equality Index, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation. We are confident our strong community and team-centric values will provide you with an abundance of support in both your personal and professional life.
Job Security for a Travel Nurse
Typically, travel nursing assignments last anywhere from 4 – 12 weeks. This can mean having to work on four different contracts during a single year at a minimum. And many factors can affect the availability of contracts presented to travel nurses. Inconsistencies in demand from hospitals, competition between candidates, the ability to obtain a state-specific license, needing further certifications to accept specific roles, and more, are all realities a travel nurse may face when approaching the end of a contract. Accepting a full-time position with Eisenhower Health eliminates the stress of having to constantly look for your next role. With dozens of open positions, we look forward to you finding your dream job with us today! Check out all of our current openings via our career page to start envisioning your next chapter with Eisenhower Health.
Originally posted on 30/3/2021