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Where are travel nurses needed in the US?
Where are travel nurses needed in the US?

By 2030, California will have a nurse shortage of about 44,000 - the largest in the country.

Within the last decade, the United States healthcare industry has undergone various changes including the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.  

According to the US Healthcare Staffing Market Assessment performed by the Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA), the largest geographic shortages of nurses are to be expected in California, Texas, New Jersey, and South Carolina by 2030. 

High Demand States

  • California is expected to have a shortage of roughly 44,000 nurses by 2030, according to the SIA report. This presents an enormous problem for the Golden State considering how large the state and population is. However, this provides an opportunity for travel nurses to come to California to take advantage of the shortage and experience the West Coast.
  • Texas is expected to have a shortage of roughly 15,000 nurses by 2030. Texas, just like California, is one of the largest states in the nation, but the major difference is the population. According to the 2010 Census, Texas has close to 29 million people versus California with roughly 39.5 million people – a 10 million difference. This is yet another opportunity for travel nurses who wish to experience the southern region of the US.
  • New Jersey is expected to have a shortage of roughly 11,000 nurses by 2030. The only state in the Northeast region of the US to experience a shortage. However, neighboring states like New York will experience a surplus in nurses, which can have a positive impact on NJ.
  • South Carolina is expected to have a shortage of roughly 10,000 nurses by 2030, while North Carolina is expected to have a surplus of roughly 16,000 nurses. 

Why this matters?

Nurses are the life and blood of hospitals. Travel nurses often provide valuable work to the hospital staff by filling in where demand is needed. With the shortages, nurses on staff may be overworked, which can lead to some issues including mental health, physical health, illness, or decreased work performance. 

It’s important to understand what is happening within the industry because without nurses hospitals may crumble. 

What does it mean for nurses?

California and Texas are the most populous states in the nation but also have the largest demand for nurses. This presents an abundance of opportunities for traveling nurses to fill in at hospitals throughout California or Texas. A nurse can start in Southern California and work their way up to Northern California to not only experience two different regions but to fulfill the nursing demands across California.

Other states like Alaska, South Dakota, and Georgia are also expected to have a shortage of nurses. However, the demand for nurses in these states isn’t as high as California or Texas with demand reaching as low as 2,000. 

The majority of states in the US have enough nurses to fill hospitals, but that should not discourage anyone from applying! There will always be competition for any travel nursing position, so put your best foot forward and be open to different possibilities! As a traveler, you should always expect the unexpected.

What’s next?

The next step for any travel nurse is to do research! Knowing the requirements to apply for out-of-state positions beforehand will help during the application process and avoid any delays. Each state is different and each state will have a different process to receive a certification to practice medicine, so please be cautious! 

Get in contact with one of our travel nursing recruiters and we can give a rundown on the requirements to be considered for a travel nursing assignment with KPG Healthcare. You should also sit-down with yourself to figure out where you want to go and what the necessary steps are to get to where you want to go. 

Overall, travel nursing provides opportunity, flexibility and exploration within yourself and the world. It’s important to remember to have a plan, do research and know your options! KPG Healthcare offers assignments across the US, get in touch with one of our recruiters (travel@kpghealthcare.com) to get more information! 

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Halloween Time at KPG Healthcare!
Halloween Time here at KPG Healthcare!

Halloween time is arriving fast and KPG Healthcare is a lover of costumes. Check out our #TeamKPG's favorite Halloween memories!

October is the time for pumpkin-spiced everything, fall foliage, and Halloween! Halloween is an opportunity to show your creative side while creating memories that will last a lifetime with friends and family. 

Here at KPG Healthcare, we wanted to share some of our favorite Halloween memories throughout the years. Let’s get spooky!

Halloween Time!

The goodest boy, Bedner, dressed as hot dog accompanied by all the necessities – ketchup, mustard, relish and hot buns!

This is Samantha – well Samantha’s dog, Bender! Bender is a Golden retriever, and the goodest boy, dressed as a hot dog for Halloween in 2017. Decked with everything – ketchup, mustard, some relish and, of course, some big fluffy buns!

Veronica as Little Bo Peep without the sheep and her Shepard’s Cane, but we still love it!

This is Veronica! Veronica is one of our Account Specialists Managers for our Travel Nursing Division. This is her first. Costume. Ever. She went as Little Bo Peep but had to skip the Shepard’s Cane because it wasn’t allowed at school! She also had to stand all day in order for her dress not to pop upward…on the plus side, she can’t wait to dress her daughter this Halloween!

This is Anjelica’s (spooky) family! Her husband, top left, Anjelica, top right, Anjelica’s son, top right, Anjelica’s daughter, bottom right, and her two dogs!

This is last year’s Halloween for Anjelica’s family! Anjelica is part of our Las Vegas team! Her husband, top left, is dressed as Billie the character from the viral Youtube dance video called “Billie Bounce,” her daughter was Vamparina, her son was a pumpkin, Anjelica was a scarecrow, and their dogs were Winnie the Pooh and a Redskins player. They love dressing up for Halloween and making sure they include the entire family – even the fur babies!. This year they will be various scary movie villains. Spook on Anjelica!

This is Peter as Superman during last year’s Halloween!

This is Peter! Peter is a Junior Recruiter for our travel Nursig Division and this was taken at the LA Times parking lot in 2014. The top of the parking lot was empty, and he was dressed up on his way to work and thought, “Seriously.. how about that view?”  It would have been wrong not to take a pic.

This is Marc as Batman as he stares deeply into his reflection contemplating his heroic duties.

This is Marc – young Batman Marc. Marc is part of our Allied Health Professionals team. Here is what he had to say about his favorite Halloween memory. “Halloween is my favorite holiday and aside from celebrating horror movies my favorite part is putting a makeshift costume together. Growing up my mom would help me put together a Batman costume out of a T-shirt, ski mask, black towel, and plastic mask. I was Batman almost every time I went trick or treating, with the exception of one year when I was a tiny Freddy Krueger. To this day every costume is DIY and I refuse to use store-bought costumes.”

Baby “Teeks” dressed as a ninja from Mortal Kombat. Watch your backs.

Tiko is part of our Travel Nursing Divison as the Recruitment Manager. Here is what he had to say about his Halloween memory. “I was a little karate kid, martial arts was my favorite sport until I hung up my hat with a black belt and switched to wrestling. I always wanted to be a ninja when I grew up & I loved Mortal Kombat so it was only natural that I dress as a little warrior!” Fight on little Teeks.

From everyone here at KPG Healthcare, we wanted to wish you a Happy Halloween! 

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October Nurse Spotlight: Julie!
KPG Healthcare's October Nurse Spotlight

Julie is KPG Healthcare's Nurse Spotlight for the month of October! What inspired you to pursue nursing?

May I have your attention, please? Let’s give a warm hello to KPG Healthcare’s Nurse Spotlight for October, Julie! Let’s learn more about her nursing career!

Introducing, Julie!

Julie’s nursing career spans more than a decade specializing as an Emergency Room Nurse with four years as a Travel Nurse. However, her nursing journey started when she was a child. Growing up in Shreveport, Louisiana, she witnessed and experienced her father’s love for nursing. 

“My father was a nurse for 30 years,” Julie explains, “he was also a paramedic before then too.” Julie continued to explain witnessing the passion her father had for the nursing field and how he is the sole reason why she pursued nursing as a career. She jokingly said they are a family of nurses.

Being a nurse for more than a decade, Julie has faced her fair share of challenges. She mentioned how healthcare was changing with examples like universal healthcare and medicine innovation, as well as the emergency rooms becoming overcrowded. 

Julie, center, takes a quick selfie with some fellow nurses while on assignment.

It doesn’t help there is a shortage of nurses in the United States, and many states like Louisiana are experiencing that shortage first-hand. This poses an enormous challenge for the nurses on staff. “We’ve also had experienced a shortage in supplies,” said Julie, but luckily she was able to find supplies in other departments within the hospital. 

The challenges Julie face are not easy, but as she progressed through her nursing journey she learned and refined her personal and professional skillset. One of the skills Julie has refined is the ability to put herself into the patient or the patient’s family into perspective. 

“[I] meet so many types of people…there’s always a patient in the worst condition,” Julie mentioned, “it puts you into perspective.” Her ability to read people and understand the other person’s perspective through body language is just one of the skills she has refined during her career. 

When Julie isn’t refining her skillset, you can usually catch her researching her next big trip while soaking in the tub. As an avid road tripper, Julie has hit some of the United States’ major national parks like Yosemite, Joshua Tree, and Zion, to name a few. Although, her all-time favorite national park is between Yellowstone and the Badlands. 

Julie takes a quick snapshot while hiking through Yellowstone National Park.

With Portland being her favorite travel destination, San Diego a close second, it’s no wonder Julie has fallen in love with the West Coast. Besides the lack of humidity then she’s used to back in Louisiana, she says the West Coast offers a beach, desert and a mountain all within proximity. She called the West Coast “magical.”

The West Coast wouldn’t be the same if it weren’t for her awesome recruiter, James! James was always accessible whenever Julie had questions and provided a helping hand when he could. Fun fact: James and Julie both started with KPG Healthcare around the same time! #cutesies

When Julie started her travel nursing career, she set out a goal to go from coast-to-coast. She has been able to travel the West Coast via road trip, but she still has a couple of places left in mind. The two destinations she is dying to reach for an assignment is either Boston or Alaska during the summer. A good friend and fellow travel nurse have been in Alaska for two summers now! 

Julie, from all of us here at KPG Healthcare, we want to thank you for your continued dedication to our Travel Nursing team. We wish you nothing but the best in all your future endeavors, wherever life may take you. Keep up the great work! 

Julie’s Advice for New Travel Nurses:

  1. Learn to roll with the punches 
  2. Have no expectations
  3. Enjoy the experience!
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