2019: The Year to be a Travel Nurse
Setting new goals. Ending bad habits. Starting out fresh. A new year is just the beginning of another chapter of your life.
You may have been contemplating starting a career as a travel nurse. Are you ready? Here are nine reasons you should be a travel nurse in 2019.
#1. Travel Nursing Offers Competitive Wages
Considering handsome paychecks are one of the top reasons professionals choose travel nursing, we’ll slide this point right into the number one position on the list.
Registered nurses who travel make more money than the average staff nurse.
- According to The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a registered nurse makes $70,000 annually or $33.65 per hour.
- On the other hand, a travel nurse has the potential to reach an annual salary of $107,380 which is more than $50 per hour according to Payscale.
Travel nursing benefits and incentives provided by companies come together to secure the highest pay rates, which include:
- Completion bonuses
- Housing stipends
- Travel costs
- Sign-on bonuses
- Referral bonuses
- Shift differentials
#2. Travel Nursing Unlocks Doors to Endless Opportunities
Registered nurses are in high demand! I don’t care if you have an Associate’s, Bachelor’s, or Master’s degree as a nurse – your skills are needed at healthcare facilities across the nation.
It’s common knowledge that the United States is experiencing a drastic shortage of nurses. When it comes to the travel sector, this need is compounded! With that comes a wave of opportunity. Consider the following about working as a travel nurse:
- You can be selective when choosing your assignments.
- Once you have a couple of contracts under your belt, you will have your pick of almost any assignment you want.
- You can take advantage of your time off in between contracts to relax, decompress, or visit loved ones before your next job.
- While working as a travel nurse, you will never be without a job as the opportunities are literally endless.
#3. Registered Nurses who Travel Gain Experience Like Crazy
Professional growth occurs at a sped up rate as a travel nurse. You will gain confidence to take on future assignments.
You can learn a lot in 13 weeks (which is the standard length of a travel contract). In fact, it’s expected of you. As a staff nurse, you might be given a week or even a month to take classes and learn the hospital’s electronic medical records (EMR) and computerized systems to process orders, distribute meds, etc.
In a career as a travel nurse, you will be given a crash course, usually eight hours or less, to learn the hospital’s charting system and electronic tools. In fact, every single mandatory policy and procedure will also be delivered in a rushed fashion in order to get you working as quickly as possible.
#4. Ease the Burden of Cost-of-Living Expenses
Heat. Electric. Rent. Ugh, who has time for that?
The typical expenses for cost-of-living anywhere in the states can stack up to an amount comparable to your monthly salary! Rent and mortgages are at ridiculous levels as they peak at all-time highs, which makes 2019 a great year to choose travel nursing in order to lessen the burden of living expenses.
Travel companies pay for housing expenses, including rent. If you decide to save money by taking the housing stipend, you can then use the extra cash towards your mortgage or alternative housing cost.
#5. Get Paid to Discover New Places
If your spirit longs for adventure, travel nursing might be your calling. What wanderlust wouldn’t love to get paid to explore?
When considering travel nursing assignments, check out opportunities in locations in which you’ve always wanted to visit.
During your assignment, don’t be afraid to get out and take on the role of a tourist while you’re in the area. Visit museums and parks, get tickets to local plays or movies and do some sightseeing.
#6. Bypass Workplace Drama
Crabby managers. Bossy nurses. A few bad apples can make your nursing job more stressful than it has to be.
Have you ever heard the phrase “familiarity breeds contempt”?
Well, it’s true.
No matter how chill you are. How relaxed you are. It’s inevitable. When you stay at a particular place of work for an extended period, you will be affected by the drama in the workplace. Even if the drama doesn’t involve you, still, you will find yourself immersed in the stories and rants coming from the nurses who are.
As a travel nurse, you have the option to stay more reserved and distance yourself from such negativity. Plus, if you encounter bumps along the road, it’s easy to stay separate by reminding yourself that the position is only temporary!
Three months is just enough time to get comfortable, but not too comfortable. You will be so busy learning your flow and executing care like a pro (because you are), you won’t have the time or patience to get caught up in the drama.
#7. Freedom and Flexibility with Security
True beauty lies in having a job that is rewarding that doesn’t tie you down. Sometimes freedom and flexibility come with a price of performing work that is not guaranteed or in an industry with poor job security.
Working as a travel nurse is the perfect way to be more autonomous in deciding on what you want and what you’re willing to negotiate on. You are left to call the shots.
Do you want to take time off in between assignments? You can. Plan your work around the times you want off for the year. Extend your contract? Move to a new location? Whether you want to explore several locations in one year or stay based in a particular state or city, travel nursing can make this a reality.
#8. Avoid Job Burnout
Taking on various roles is inevitable in travel nursing. However, it’s a plus that you only stay at each one only long enough to get paid well and avoid the burnout that comes with familiarity and repetition. Nursing burnout is real and it can be damaging. Switching up your assignment every few weeks helps avoid this.
As difficult as any nursing job, travel nursing work offers a total change up of scenery and co-workers, which can help keep your motivation up and your smile real.
#9. Grow. Evolve. Change.
A travel nursing career provides a unique way to rediscover oneself. Make new friends. Discover new hobbies. Experiencing new locations and environments creates opportunities to try different things and meet people. Who knows. You might realize there’s an entire world of things you love to do, you never even knew about.
While working as a travel nurse, cultural growth is inevitable, as intertwining with the local people and environment will be your everyday life for as long as the contract lasts.
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