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Travel Psychiatric Nursing Statistics


Current Openings


States with Jobs


Market Growth

What does this mean for winter travel psych nurses?

Winter 2019 has shown the slightest decrease in psych nurse jobs compared to Fall. In September 2019 there were about 89 travel psych nurse jobs open at any given time. Today we are sitting around an average of 87 openings. Overall, the market has remained steady.

Be flexible is the name of the travel psych nurse game.

Winter travel psych nurses should...

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 - travel psych 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 travel psych nurses who are great travelers!

State Breakdown

Winter 2019-2020

Best travel psych nurse job locations

It is a cold, cold winter! Unfortunately, there aren’t many states we would be happy to recommend for you. The COTA travel market has been consistently competitive the last year or more and this is the lowest availability all year. That means significantly less jobs and you need many more submissions for landing a travel job. It is an extra hard specialty for new grads to try to be travelers.

It’s a bit chilly out for travel psych nurses! The travel psych nurse market has been consistently competitive the last year or more. That means fewer jobs, more competition for each job, and many more submissions required to land you a contract. 

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 87 open travel psych nurse jobs at one time. 

This season, jobs are spread out pretty evenly across the country. Missouri and Washington share the trophy for having the most needs right now. California and Pennsylvania are trailing closely behind. Be flexible. If you want to keep traveling, be open-minded to locations you may have not considered before.


Winter 2019-2020

Trends in travel psych 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…

“Psych is just not very strong at all. There’s just not a lot of positions around the country. And that’s just kind of the way its been.”

“People have to be really really open and have a lot of different licenses. I don’t see as much of a difference [in fluxuation] with the psych market as I do with higher acute. Psych is not as affected by that.”

“Overall, right now I have a few psych nurses on assignment and it is really hard to rebook them in places that they want to go. There are just not a lot of needs.” 

“I only have about hundred-some jobs around the entire country. And they’re pretty random where they are, I wouldn’t necessarily say one region over another. If you compare to ICU, I have about a thousand jobs open as compared to psych.”

Nomadicare recommends travel psych nurses to...

Be brave and take that leap to a dream location or setting! This is a good market for true travel psych nurses who:

Most importantly, they utilize resources that are here for them! They use Nomadicare to get matched with vetted recruiters who hustle for them. They also use Nomadicare’s Location Matching™ so they are talking to the right companies that have the contracts they want.

Market Comparison

Winter 2019-2020

What Nomadicare recommends

Join a yoga class and get flexible! There is still a great market out there for true travelers who:

Know their best defense is options. They are always staying in communication with multiple recruiters so they are never caught without an option when option A doesn’t go as planned. 

Are brave and adventurous! They are not trying to “travel” next to their hometown.

Are savvy with working with many companies and stay professional so they don’t burn bridges. 

Know that sometimes contracts get canceled, that this journey is unpredictable, and they embrace it and roll with it.

Are prepared for interviews to make sure they are standing out.

Understand SPEED can be everything. They know what they want. They can look at pay packages and make decisions fast so their resumé gets to the top of a stack! 

Most importantly, they utilize resources that are here for them! They use Nomadicare to get matched with vetted recruiters who hustle for them. They also use Nomadicare’s location matching so they are talking to the right companies that have the contracts they want. 

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