The amount of nursing jobs in Illinois continues to grow. Like most states, Illinois is struggling with a significant shortage of nurses. To keep up with demand, Illinois will need to increase the number of nurses graduated annually from 4,000 to 6,000 by 2010. This is due to a projected shortage of 21,000 nurses statewide by 2020. Although two-thirds of these vacancies will be in the Chicago area, there is a major need for nurses throughout the state.
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.