Is Travel Nursing For You?
Types of Assignments
A travel nurse is a nurse who is hired to work in a specific location for a limited amount of time. Travel nurses typically work 13 week periods in one area, and move around the country depending on where they are needed. Because the demand for nurses is so high, there are often shortages in certain areas, and a traveling nurse will be hired to come in and work in a specific position for a short amount of time.
Travel nursing assignments typically range from 13 to 26 weeks in length and include a variety of different specialties.
Flexibility and Freedom
Travel Nurses are able to choose between several jobs in a variety of areas lasting for different lengths of time. This allows traveling nurses the freedom to choose where and when they work. The freedom to choose where and when you work is a great benefit that allows travel nurses the ability to take time off when they want and not be stuck at the same job day after day.
The major benefit of travel nursing is that you get to choose where you live and work. If you are tired of your current location or want to get away from cold weather for the winter, you have the ability to find a job in a different location and move for a short period of time.
Pay rates for a travel nursing assignment are generally in line with the nursing wage index for the area in which the hospital is located. This can be advantageous for a nurse who lives in a region that has comparatively lower pay rates but who doesn’t want to make a permanent move. In addition to wages, travel nurses are typically reimbursed for expenses related to living away from home, including travel at the beginning and end of the assignment; lodging; meals; and other incidentals.
You are able to make money from wherever you like and are able to change locations and assignments regularly if you choose. With a travel nursing job, you also have the ability to vacation where you work and explore new cities and parts of the country or world on your time off. You have the opportunity to see new places and test them out for a while to see if you would want to eventually live there permanently.
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