"The Benefits of Travel Nursing."October 16, 2009 by Steve Arnold
The demand for nurses is increasing at a rapid rate. To compensate, hospitals are hiring travel nurses to fill the staffing void created by the demand. Travel nursing is growing and nurses need to consider it as a possible career option. Some major benefits of travel nursing are high paying salaries, independence, career mobility, new experiences, and valuable friendships.
Travel nurse salaries can be very lucrative. However, it can be confusing when speaking with recruiters in regards to compensation. Every assignment and agency will compile their compensation packages differently but do not let this confuse you. Take your time and go over the details. You must realize that as a travel nurse, you should be entitled to a housing stipend, travel expenses, and tax deductions. Ask your travel nurse recruiter to help you understand the breakdown of your compensation package.
Travel Nursing can also be a great cure for burnout. As a travel nurse you get to experience a new facility and possibly a whole new social environment outside of work. Travel nursing can give you that jumpstart that you’ve needed.
Travel nursing provides a lot of flexibility in terms of your annual work schedule. You don’t need to travel all of the time. Some nurses will travel during certain seasons and then work per diem during others. You get to determined when and where you’re going to work and for how long. How’s that for independence? Hospitals need qualified nurses, so enjoy the demand and make it work for you.
Travel Nursing can also be a great resume builder! As a travel nurse, you will be able to experience some of the country’s best medical facilities. You will be challenged to learn new technologies that may not be available where you’re currently working.
A travel nursing assignment can also be a great way to transition into a new permanent position. It will give you the opportunity to “feel out” a facility before deciding to take a permanent position there. Also, as a travel nurse you can use your credentials from traveling to negotiate a great permanent job when you do decide to settle down. Travel nursing will give you a greater opportunity to reach your goals as a professional RN. If you do decide to become a travel nurse, have fun, and enjoy the journey.
Posted by Mike Strawbridge October 16, 2009
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