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AMN Healthcare Services Adds New Staffing Option for Hospitals and Nurses with Launch of NurseChoice

July 18, 2005
San Diego, CA

SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 18, 2005--AMN Healthcare Services, Inc. (NYSE:AHS), a leading healthcare staffing company and the largest nationwide provider of travel nurse staffing services, has launched a differentiated new service offering to address hospitals' urgent need for registered nurses. NurseChoice InDemand is AMN Healthcare's newest staffing brand, which is targeted to recruit and staff nurses who can begin assignments within one to two weeks in acute care facilities. Typical assignments are four to eight weeks and provide premium compensation packages to nurses.

Hospitals and other facilities are challenged with a nursing shortage that is exacerbated by the opening of new units, vacations, technology implementation training for permanent staff, leaves of absence and other emergent healthcare staffing needs. These factors, along with an improving economic outlook, have caused the demand for travel nurses to increase significantly over the past year. Many hospitals have urgent and immediate short-term staffing needs that cannot wait for the typical three to five weeks that may be required for a travel nurse to arrive. In addition, many hospitals have staffing needs that go beyond the one or two shifts typically staffed by per diem nurses. NurseChoice InDemand addresses these needs with a differentiated and immediate solution that supplies hospitals with the critical staff they need to provide a quality standard of care for patients and to avoid turning patients away due to lack of nursing staff.

"Over the last year there has been a trend in more hospitals requesting nurses who can begin assignments in one to two weeks," explained Susan Nowakowski, AMN Healthcare President and Chief Executive Officer. "The launch of this new recruitment and staffing brand is in direct response to the needs of our clients. AMN Healthcare is known to hospitals as the clear leader in travel nursing, (typically 13 week assignments) and international nurse long-term staffing, (typically 12 to 18 month assignments). The addition of the NurseChoice InDemand service offering was a natural extension of our contract staffing services. We also look forward to leveraging our existing infrastructure and recruitment expertise so that hospitals and nurses can expect the same high level of service they've come to expect from AMN Healthcare."

NurseChoice is supported by AMN Healthcare's 20-plus years of experience, quality and process infrastructure, ensuring that hospitals are consistently staffed with specialized, experienced nurses, who can assimilate to a nursing unit quickly with minimal orientation time.

"NurseChoice InDemand is targeted towards a slightly different nurse profile than are our traditional travel nurse recruitment brands," explained Marcia Faller, Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Vice President of Traveler Services for AMN Healthcare. "The program provides for shorter assignments, immediate assignment starts, and will typically require nurses to work a minimum of 48 hours per week. The addition of this program gives nurses more control and flexibility over their career."

Faller added: "Our diverse service offerings also provide hospitals with the additional flexibility of transitioning their staffing needs under this program into a travel or long term assignment through one of AMN Healthcare's other staffing divisions, should their staffing needs continue past the initial short-term assignment."

Healthcare Facilities can speak with a NurseChoice account representative by calling 877-831-8518. Nurses interested in this new career option can apply online by visiting the NurseChoice Web site (

Company Summary

AMN Healthcare Services, Inc., a leading healthcare staffing company, is the largest nationwide provider of travel nurse staffing services. The company recruits nurses and allied health professionals nationally and internationally and places them on temporary assignments, of variable lengths, at acute-care hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout the United States.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The company has tried, whenever possible, to identify these forward-looking statements using words such as "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "projects," "expects," "plans," "intends" and similar expressions. Similarly, statements herein that describe the company's business strategy, outlook, objectives, plans, intentions or goals are also forward-looking statements. Accordingly, such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which could cause the company's actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, such statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ from those implied by forward-looking statements are set forth in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2004, Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2005, it's Current Reports on Form 8-K and Registration Statement on Form S-3. These statements reflect the company's current beliefs and are based upon information currently available to it. Be advised that developments subsequent to this release are likely to cause these statements to become outdated with the passage of time.

CONTACT: AMN Healthcare Services, Inc.
Carol Burke, 858-720-6227
Christopher Schwartz, 866-861-3229
Investor Relations

SOURCE: AMN Healthcare Services, Inc. 

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