States with Jobs
Winter 2019 has cooled off the travel labor and delivery nurse job market compared to Fall. In September 2019 there were about 321 labor and delivery travel nurse jobs open at any given time. Today we are sitting around an average of 259 openings. Overall, the market has remained pretty steady.
Travel on is the name of the labor and delivery travel nurse game.
That is steadily a warm market - Which puts the opportunity to see the country in your hands!
Labor and delivery travel nurse jobs typically slow down in winter and pick up in spring and summer. It may be a bit of a waiting game, but the market goes up and it goes down. This is a great season to enjoy the available opportunities.
Submit to multiple jobs at once - Be flexible and let your recruiter tell you about jobs you may not normally go after. Have your recruiter submit you to several jobs you would want to increase your chances of landing an interview.
Compare pay and talk to several recruiters - labor and delivery travel nurses are just about always in demand. Make sure you work with 3 to 4 recruiters so you hear about all the jobs that could benefit you. Each company has unique jobs to tell you about. Ask for pay packages upfront and compare pay so you know you are getting what you are worth.
Consider experience in other specialties - Any cross-training is always a huge plus! When hospitals need nurses to float to other floors, they usually look to their travelers first. We’re there to fill a need after all! Experience in other specialties is very valuable. Facilities are looking for the traveler that can do it all.
It’s Winter (aka the holidays are here!) - Consider there are more holidays in the last three months of the year than in any other season! If you are okay with working on the major holidays, it certainly helps your profile be selected for an interview. It shows the manager you are willing to help out their staff who want time off for family. If you want time off, make sure that is agreed upon before you sign your contract. And it should be clearly written in your contract as well! Plan accordingly. Make sure you are receiving all your hours each week to get your full per diem.
Show up for your recruiter - The world may still be your oyster for travel, but remember that your recruiter is hustling to get you the best placement possible! Know the difference between an empowered traveler and an entitled traveler. Be a great communicator and show up as a kind and professional partner to them. Recruiters will want to go that extra mile for labor and delivery travel nurses who are great travelers!
It’s cold outside but not in here! The market temperature is warm for labor and delivery travel nurses. That means more jobs and less competition for each job. It is still a good season to enjoy traveling and have extra leverage in picking top pay packages.
When you hear travel allied health companies say, “We staff in all 50 states”.
What it means: The agency is legally set up with the ability to staff in all 50 states.
What it does not mean: The agency has jobs in all 50 states.
We surveyed dozens of companies to create this map. It represents a large percentage of the travel allied health job market. Across all of the USA, there are around 259 open labor and delivery travel nurse jobs at one time. This season, jobs are spread out pretty evenly across the country.
California is holding the trophy for having the most needs right now. That is a state that stays pretty consistent with having jobs. (Hint: great state to get a license in!) Massachusetts and Texas are also looking great this season.
How do we get all of this amazing data? Nomadicare bases all the estimates on this page from information provided by dozens of our awesome partners. It is here to give you our very best estimate on the job market this quarter! Bookmark this page - we update the stats every season!
“NICU, L&D, and Postpartum aren’t as strong right now because it’s not baby season. Those will be stronger in spring in summer”
“Be flexible. What people don’t understand a lot too is the rates in nursing are very much seasonal.”
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