As the number of baby boomers continues to rise, so will the demand on the current healthcare system. Understanding this, many unemployed adults are now turning to education as an option to pursue a career change and return to gainful employment in the healthcare sector. If you are considering a career change, becoming involved in nursing travel jobs can open up a whole new career option as more and more elderly adults become confined to their homes and require in-home nursing care.

Psychiatric nursing travel jobs are expected to be in high demand in the next several decades. While in-home nursing services are traditionally thought of as services that support the physical needs of the elderly, there are many elderly adults who will also require mental health services in the home. Unfortunately, most traveling nurses are specializing in traditional nursing care, offering services from vital statistics verification to respiratory therapy. But, as employment options such as respiratory therapy travel jobs become more filled, a need to expand your nursing expertise into other areas will be well served.

Psychiatric Nursing Travel Jobs As A New Mental Health Career Change

When considering nursing specialties in school, it is important to remember, that there are a whole sector of patients that will need mental health support in addition to physical health support. With this understanding, you can begin to take additional classes, and obtain certification in, the mental health specialties of the elderly. This may include offering support services for dementia related conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease, or simply offering mental health services for the elderly who are living with conditions such as bipolar disorder or even schizophrenia.

With psychiatric nursing travel jobs, you will have the option to work for a mental health specialist or to establish your own business as a freelance, contracted nurse, and set home appointments as needed. For the elderly population, you will be providing a vital support service in the home and a service that many traditional traveling nurses will not offer as they do not have the mental health expertise to do so. When considering your new career change, therefore, be sure to look into mental health services as a viable option.


Geriatric Mental Health Care, by Gary J. Kennedy

Prescott Papers