Nurses are a critical part of our healthcare system and, because of staffing shortages across the country, travel nurses are needed more now than ever.
This career offers unlimited potential and is ideal for individuals who want to get paid to travel the country, advance their career and make a positive impact in their community.
So, what is a travel nurse? A travel nurse is a healthcare professional that helps fulfill short term employment needs. RN’s are in high demand, so hospitals and other healthcare facilities often go through seasonal staffing shortages. A popular solution is for hospitals to hire travel nurses for a period of time - typically 13 weeks.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states that, “1.1 million additional nurses will be needed to avoid a further shortage.” As a result, hospitals will need to hire these professionals quickly.
One of the most appealing benefits of travel nursing is the personal and professional flexibility. Not only do you get to choose the facility you want to work in, but the location of the job as well. You are in control of your career; there are options from city living, small town or relaxed living!
Because it isn’t a requirement to work back to back contracts, many nurses will take time off in between to see friends and family or travel. Some nurses even take up to 2 or 3 months off before relocating for another assignment.
The freedom of travel nursing can help you fulfill your career aspirations and achieve your goals.
Being a travel nurse allows you to work in more settings than you would have access to. Opting for a top-rated facility can help you build your resume, expand your skill set and earn a position at other prominent hospitals.
The thought of moving across the country every few months can be deterring for some individuals, so many travel nursing agencies offer reimbursement incentives for traveling, scrubs, licenses and housing.
From job security to career advancement opportunities, there is unlimited potential for nurses in this profession.
A typical annual salary can be over $100,000 per year, which is approximately $30,000 higher than the median income for typical RN’s. Aside from a base salary, you can also earn travel bonuses and sign-on bonuses when you start a new assignment.
As a travel nurse, you don’t have to travel alone. Many agencies will allow you to travel with your favorite pet, a friend or your spouse.
Overall, travel nursing provides individuals with a unique career opportunity while helping resolve the staffing shortage issue in the healthcare industry.
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