Kentucky is doing a better job than most of the country dealing with the nursing shortage, with the vacancy rate of only 7 percent statewide for nursing jobs. Pikeville Medical Center in Eastern Kentucky recently boasted a vacancy rate of just 2 percent. These numbers can be credited to the fact that Kentucky hospitals do a good job at recruiting RNs from neighboring states, and nursing colleges have been doing a better job keeping up with demand for more qualified nursing students.
A travel nurse is an individual who works on contract through a travel nurse agency. Travel nurse agencies offer boundless job opportunities for nurses who are willing to take assignments around the country as well as around the world. Travel nurses choose their assignments, and they receive excellent salaries and benefits for their work. Travel nurses are in great demand, and work in a variety of specialty areas.