SOURCE: American Traveler

April 22, 2008 03:00 ET

Travel Nursing Jobs Flourish Despite Failing Economy

American Traveler Health Care Jobs Remain Lucrative During Hard Times

BOCA RATON, FL--(Marketwire - April 22, 2008) - Although the housing market continues to suffer and the cost of gasoline has reached record highs, the travel nursing profession continues to grow by leaps and bounds. The health care sector remains strong, fueled by the demands of aging baby boomers and their children, reports the Associated Press.

American Traveler, the nation's largest independent travel nursing agency, reports March has been the strongest month of 2008 due to the dramatic increase of travel nurse jobs with lucrative compensation and benefits offered to clients nationwide.

"Salary ranges for nurses have reached $100,000 and more for select travel nursing jobs, depending on specialty and location," said Mary Kay Hull, VP of Recruitment. "In addition, our company is going to great lengths to help nurses counterbalance living expenses and the rising cost of fuel at the pumps."

Notwithstanding its excellent reputation in the industry for outstanding client support, high travel nurse pay and free private housing, American Traveler sign on bonuses make it easier for travel nurses to save for retirement and enjoy vacations. Unlike permanent staff nurses and professionals in other sectors who may have to cut back on leisurely activities amid the current economic downturn, travel nurses don't, Hull said.

"Not only have we raised the bar on travel nurse salaries by as much as 20 percent in the last year, we've incorporated new benefits such as pre-paid gas cards on select assignments, a huge plus for professionals who typically do a lot of driving and sightseeing."

As salaries for staff RN positions have flat-lined, hourly pay for American Traveler travel nursing jobs has rapidly increased in the Pacific Northwest and in Connecticut, a state known for high travel nurse pay. Add in lucrative benefits such as free private housing, travel and licensure reimbursements, free health insurance and education, and it's no wonder more RNs are choosing to travel as the economy cools.

"Take the cost of rent, health insurance and gas out of your financial picture and you find that your quality of life improves significantly. We're prepared to give travel nurses everything they need to lessen the burden of living expenses while at the same time moving their careers forward," said Hull.

For more information regarding traveling nurse jobs with American Traveler call 800-884-8788 or apply online today.

About American Traveler:

From world-renowned university teaching hospitals to rural medical facilities, The Joint Commission Certified American Traveler specializes in short-term travel nursing jobs, per diem, and permanent positions for RNs, Physical Therapists, RTs, STs, and other allied health professionals.