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Travel Medical Surgical Nursing Statistics


Current Openings


States with Jobs


Market Growth

What does this mean for winter Med Surg travel nurse jobs?

As the weather gets colder, med surg travel nurse jobs are gets even hotter! Winter  2019 has even more med surgg travel nurse jobs compared to Fall. In Fall we had just below 400 available positions , and today we are sitting around 547openings. All I can say is wow, med surg travel nurses, you are so needed! 

Travel on is the name of the med surg travel nurse game. 

That is steadily a steamy market - Which puts the opportunity to see the country in your hands!

This is our hottest season this year. For those who may not know, winter is a top season for travel nurses. Enjoy the high but don’t get too overconfident. The market goes up and it goes down. This is a great season to enjoy the available opportunities. But don’t burn bridges or relationships by acting as if the industry revolves around you. Be empowered, but be flexible!

Winter Med Surg travel nurses should...

Be brave and travel to your bucket list locations - Some seasons are slower and we get to follow the jobs. Some seasons give us a chance to be brave and leap into dream locations. Take the leap now to go locations that are exciting for you instead of playing it safe. 

Compare pay and talk to several recruiters - Med surg travel nurse jobs 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 to land you the perfect med surg travel nurse job when you’re a great traveler!

State Breakdown

Winter 2019-2020

Best Med Surg travel nurse job locations

It’s cold outside but hot in here! The market temperature is hot for med surg travel nurse jobs! That means more jobs and less competition for each job. It is still a hot 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 med surg travel nurse job market. Across all of the USA, there are around 547 open med surg travel nurse jobs at one time. This season, jobs are spread out pretty well throughout 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!) Washington, Indiana, and Arizona are looking hot too!


Winter 2019-2020

Trends in Med Surg travel nurse jobs

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!

Total Openings

Winter 2019-2020

Nomadicare certified recruiters say…

“The market is strong now through March or April and then it will die down. We’re in high census time right now.”

“Be flexible. What people don’t understand a lot too is the rates in nursing are very much seasonal. We see elevated rates between October and March. We’re seeing crisis rates and critical rates because we’re in the middle of the high census time. Come spring and summer those will die down.”

“The market is hot right now for sure. For nursing, some of these really high rates that we’re seeing -you will not see those. [Some] hospitals will drop their bill rate by 20-30 dollars in the spring - that’s hundreds of dollars of difference in pay!” 

 “This is my fourth winter here [as a recruiter] and it’s better than it has been in the last two years!”

“California is definitely the highest paying right now. It always is. Those crisis rates tend to be in California.”

Market Comparison

Winter 2019-2020

Nomadicare recommends Med Surg travel nurses to...

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