If you’re considering a move from a permanent nursing position to a travel lifestyle, you’ll be facing a few changes in your life. The crossover can be exciting as you’re looking for your first assignment and turning in your resignation. If you’ve been a travel nurse in the past and have now decided to pick up the nomadic life once again, then you have some background. However, if this is your first foray into travel nursing, you’ll want to take a few steps to ease your transition.
Every nurse has their own reason to include some travel assignments on their resume. Whether it’s to see more of the country, expand your nursing experience or to move out of the environment you’re currently in, it’s important to understand your reasons and remember them. Finding your first assignment can be a daunting task, and moving to a new city can be a challenge. If you remember why you’re doing this in the first place, it helps to calm your fears and remember this is an exciting adventure that you wanted to take.
Every travel nurse will have their own opinion on which company to choose, and no one company will be perfect for everyone. Ask the travel nurses you’ve worked with in the past for their opinion and call companies to get your own questions answered. If you don’t click with recruiters at a particular company, it’s okay to request a different person. Your recruiter is your contact person while you’re away from home. It should be someone you’re comfortable calling, asking questions and relying on for their expert opinion.
Know your licensing requirements — As a registered nurse, each state may have different licensing requirements. Your recruiter can help and point you in the right direction to research and take any additional steps necessary to get licensure for future locations where you hope to work. Keep your paperwork in order, including your licenses, certifications and employment documents you’ll need for your first day, such as your driver’s license, social security card and a copy of your birth certificate.
As you move from a permanent position to a travel assignment, you’ll want to tailor your resume to fit the needs of potential facilities. Conversely, as you are traveling, you’ll want to keep good records of the experiences and growth you achieve in order to make these a positive impact on your resume for your next assignment or when you choose to move back to permanent employment.
If you have worked in a specialty that is in demand for at least one year within the past three, you’ll be able to apply for positions that pay slightly more and are in greater demand. For instance, intensive care unit, labor and delivery, emergency room and operating room experience all increase your value to facilities.
Accepting tax-free money requires you to maintain a tax home. There are several scenarios to consider, and it’s important to remember to do your own research and consult with a tax advisor. Most assignments range between 8 and 26 weeks, but sometimes the facility will offer you
the option to stay longer. These decisions impact your taxes, the home where the federal government determines you live and how much you’ll be paying on the money you’re receiving.
At Amare Medical Staffing, we’re committed to helping you enjoy your travel assignments, grow your nursing experience and supporting you in your journey. Contact us today — let’s get started on your next adventure!