Do you have an interest in travel nursing but also a few preconceived notions that make you afraid to try it? If so, you’re not the only one! Travel nursing is a unique and fun career move that helps see you develop diverse skills and an experience packed resume. Here are some of the more common misconceptions about travel nursing to help you determine if this career move is right for you.
Hospitals prefer an experienced travel nurse since in many ways they help mentor the permanent staff, especially if there are new grads on the unit. To work as a travel nurse, you must have at least one year of experience under your belt, but many hospitals appreciate nurses with more and with specialty degrees.
The truth is, traveling can be a steady career when you want it to be. There is a shortage of nurses across the country, and as a travel nurse, you often have the opportunity to work in areas of the country you may not otherwise have even thought to apply. When you are willing to be flexible about the location and available for opportunities, it’s possible to work continuously throughout the year and move from one assignment to the next.
There are lots of nurses who travel with their families, and it can be a great way to spend time together learning about new cultures and environments. Some nurses will travel only with their preschool children, while others enroll their children in online schools to offer them the ability to travel across the country throughout the year.
If your family is your dog or cat, you can bring them as well. Be sure your recruiter is aware so appropriate housing accommodations can be arranged, and a few more pieces of paper may be required to transport your dog or cat into a new city.
When you do your research, you’ll find an agency that has the benefits that are important to you. You may be searching for an assignment where you don’t have to float, or may be looking for an agency that pays a low taxable base to offer more money and non-taxable benefits. Whether it’s insurance that’s important to you or a 401k, you can find an agency and assignments that offer you the benefits and compensation for the work that you’re doing.
Housing is another benefit travel nurses question, and while most agencies offer private options, if you’re taking a short contract, you may be offered an extended stay motel. However, your housing option will be dependent on the length of stay of your contract. Contracts can last 13 weeks, but some may be as short as four, and at other times you may choose to accept 13-week assignments back-to-back at the same hospital.
When you identify your short assignments as travel nurse contracts, your new hiring manager will recognize that you were exposed to different experiences, patient ratios, charting systems and cultures. These are factors that boost your experience, show you can adapt quickly and hit the ground running – all things new hiring managers are looking for!
A travel nursing career offers you unique benefits that help you develop a strong professional career and multiple experiences. At Amare Medical Staffing, we are experts at finding assignments and helping you to have a successful contract. Contact our recruiter today for more information and to answer your questions.