Insights from nurses: 1 in 5 staff nurses plan to transition to travel nursing

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The Voices of Care survey found that 1 in 5 staff nurses and 14% of per diem nurses plan to transition to travel nursing.

OMAHA, Neb. — Medical Solutions, which connects nurses and allied health clinicians with hospitals and healthcare systems, has released findings from its annual Voices of Care survey. One key finding reveals 19% of staff nurses plan to transition to a travel nursing role. Additionally, 14% of per diem nurses indicated an intention to transition to travel nursing.

The 2023 Voices of Care survey gathered responses in December 2023 from 7,117 registered nurses. This included traveling, staff and per diem nurses. The study uses survey responses to provide insights that can better inform healthcare facilities about characteristics, attitudes, and behaviors of nurses.

By leveraging these insights, healthcare organizations can tailor their recruitment and retention strategies to better meet the needs and expectations of their employees.

“Recognizing the reasons driving nurses’ transitions, whether towards travel nursing or other paths, is essential,” said Scott Armstrong, Vice President of Client Growth at Medical Solutions. “By understanding their preferences, we can facilitate effective communication between nurses and our partner facilities. This paves the way for a mutually beneficial relationship that not only improves patient care but also enhances overall staff satisfaction.”

The survey uncovered key reasons nurses choose to travel, including better salaries, reduced involvement in workplace politics, and flexible schedules.

“In the midst of a national nursing shortage, it’s important to stay attuned to nurses’ needs and motivations,” said Patti Artley, Chief Nursing Officer at Medical Solutions. “By prioritizing nurses’ well-being and aspirations, we can navigate the challenges of the nursing shortage while ensuring fulfilling and sustainable career paths for healthcare professionals.

To view the full survey results, please visit:

Medical Solutions is one of the nation’s largest healthcare talent ecosystems. Together with its family brands, Aureus Medical Group, Matchwell, HOST Healthcare, FocusOne Solutions, and WorldWide HealthStaff Solutions, Medical Solutions connects nurses, allied health clinicians, and clinical leaders with healthcare facilities across the U.S. Its service offerings include contingent staffing, managed services, strike staffing, permanent placement, local contract, PRN, and international staffing. Headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, Medical Solutions maintains office locations in San Diego, California; Denver, Colorado; Cincinnati, Ohio; Tupelo, Mississippi; Durham, North Carolina; and Tampa and Jacksonville Beach, Florida.

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