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Survey of 1000 Travel Nurses: 30% more satisfied today than before the pandemic; 85% plan to pursue a career in traveling nursing


A new study shows that 30% are more satisfied today than before the pandemic; 85% plan to pursue a career in traveling nursing

Burnout, staff turnover and declining morale have all weighed heavily on the healthcare profession in recent years. But for traveling nurses, the pandemic appears to have increased resilience and galvanized the community, according to a recent survey. The study, Voice of the Travel Nurse ( reveals that 85% of travel nurses intend to continue their career. By measuring their level of satisfaction, 50% are as satisfied today as they were before the pandemic; 30% say they are more satisfied today.

Voice of the Travel Nurse was conducted by an independent research company and commissioned by The Gypsy Nurse (, the largest and most active online community of travel nurses in the world. The organization provides a variety of career resources to over 500,000 subscribers and members on its digital channels. Over 1,000 traveling nurses were interviewed.

“We commissioned this study to gain a deeper understanding of the perspectives of traveling nurses,” said Steve Curtin, CEO of The Gypsy Nurse. “By knowing what drives – and erodes – their satisfaction, we can provide better resources to the travel nursing community, as well as to the healthcare facilities and recruitment agencies that rely on these professionals for critical roles.”

Curtin will present the results in detail on September 20 in Vegas at TravCon ’22, the annual conference for travel health professionals. (More details on the conference below.)

Additional report highlights

  • Current Satisfaction: 79% of visiting nurses are satisfied or very satisfied with their current role.
  • Compensation: Competitive compensation attracts traveling nurses to the profession, but once they establish themselves as travelers, factors other than money take on greater importance in retaining them.
  • Drivers of Satisfaction: Flexibility and the ability to make a difference in multiple healthcare settings are among the top factors that contribute to traveling nurses feeling fulfilled in their work.
  • Other Contributors: The healthcare facilities where the traveling nurses work and the placement companies that arrange their contract assignments also contribute to satisfaction, with facilities having a slightly larger impact.

Room for improvement

The study highlighted several areas for improvement. For uncommitted travel nurses – those who are unsure or unlikely to pursue a career in travel nursing – they noted the following areas as problematic:

  • Patient ratios: 33% are dissatisfied with patient/staff ratios.
  • Treatment: 33% are unhappy with the way they are treated compared to staff nurses. More than a quarter (27%) are dissatisfied with the way they are treated by hospital staff.

Communication is also a central issue. Of the engaged travel nurses – those who plan to continue working while traveling – only 64% received regular communications from their healthcare facility. When evaluating their experience with recruitment agencies, 72% indicated that their agency kept them regularly informed.

Bring Meaningful Change

Curtin noted that while cultural change can’t happen overnight, leaders should start working now to identify problems so they can rectify them. “Organizations that take the time to honestly assess their work culture and make necessary improvements will attract more talent,” he said. “It is imperative that traveling nurses are seen – and treated – as part of the core team, not a separate group. Leaders who onboard travel nurses into their organizations and keep them informed on key issues will improve their culture and attract top talent to the travel community.”

With nursing shortages expected to rise sharply in the near future, Curtin emphasized that recruiting and retaining nurses is a shared responsibility between healthcare organizations and the wider community. “We all need to advocate for safe working environments, better communication and greater recognition for current and future nurses. To build a workforce that can meet our healthcare needs in the future , educational institutions, government agencies and the private sector must all work with the healthcare community to advance the nursing profession.

About the gypsy nurse

The Gypsy Nurse is the world’s largest community of travel nurses with an audience of over 500,000 members across multiple channels, including and TravCon, the leading travel healthcare conference. The organization raises awareness of career options in travel healthcare and provides travel healthcare professionals with the knowledge, tools and social connectedness to build successful careers supported by a community of like-minded professionals.

Earlier this year, The Gypsy Nurse acquired TravCon, the annual conference for travel health professionals. TravCon ’22 will be held at the Hotel de Paris in Vegas of September 18-21. The conference is the largest in-person gathering of healthcare travel professionals United States. It allows participants to earn continuing education credits, connect with other healthcare professionals, and be recognized for their contributions and work over the past year.

For more information on TravCon ’22, visit For more information on The Gypsy Nurse, visit

For a full copy of the report and/or interviews with Steve Curtin and traveling nurses:

Maureen Carrig


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