With health care ranking as the third largest employment sector in the Chicago area, nursing jobs are plentiful. However, the city is experiencing a major workforce shortage, one that is set to grow dramatically through 2020. According to the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, the metropolitan Chicago area has a shortage of more than 2,500 nurses, and this could grow to 21,000 statewide by 2020. Roughly two-thirds of these vacancies will be in the Chicago area. Chicago.s largest hospitals include: Northwestern Memorial Hospital, University of Chicago Hospitals, and Rush University Medical Center.
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.