What Is This Elusive Travel Nursing Opportunity?
I realized, I have been talking about myself as a Travel Nurse but many people may not even know exactly what that is! Travel Nursing differs from conventional nursing in one major way. Instead of being employed by a hospital or clinic you are employed by an agency. Instead of working at one hospital, you work at many! You work with your agency to be paired up with various hospitals around the United States and even abroad for three months at a time.
Travel Nurses get paired with hospitals that are short staffed and have a great need for nurses at that time. It is an excellent opportunity for nurses to get out and see more of the world. Not only do you get to see what it is like to live and work in different parts of the country and abroad, but you also get to see what it is like working in many different hospitals, different types of hospital units, and with many different people. This is an experience that can not only widen your horizons but be leveraged as very important work experience down the line.
Travel nursing is by no means easy. It often times means moving away from your friends and loved ones and you must be easily adaptable and quick on your feet. Travel nurses get very limited orientation to the Hospital and Unit on which you will be working. You must be able to pick up this new system and new environment quickly and get started right away. However, if you can manage this travel nursing presents a wealth of benefits. The most commonly known and discussed benefit is the pay. Because so much is expected f you, travel nurses get paid significantly better than the staff nurses in many cases. That’s not my favorite benefit though. The thing I like most about travel nursing is the freedom.
You are not tied down to your location. You have the freedom to move from city to city and state to state at your leisure. And even better, you do not need to fight with your managers to get a week or two weeks or even more, off in a row. Working as a staff nurse it was often akin to pulling teeth getting a vacation scheduled. Especially during the peak summer months. As a traveler, any vacation time you want is written into a contract. Or as I will be doing this January, if you want to take an extended vacation between assignments you can, no questions asked.
I got into travel nursing because I felt the need to explore, the need for change from the day in and day out experience of going into the same hospital for years on end. Traveling has already presented me the many once in a life time opportunities and I strongly encourage and curious nurse with a couple years of experience to give travel nursing a shot! If you’re a nurse, I’d love to hear your thoughts on travel nursing. Have you done it? Are you thinking about it? Do you enjoy it? Please don’t hesitate to ask me any questions you might have in the comments below or through email and, I’d be happy to recommend a travel nursing agency that might be the right fit for you if you are interested.