Roadmap for Travel Nursing Jobs in 2022

Roadmap for Travel Nursing Jobs in 2022

If you are a travel nurse, or thinking it’s time to flip the switch from staff nurse to travel nurse, then it’s time for you to plan out your year. January is the month for new beginnings, reflections on how we all long to do better each year, and therefore it is the perfect time to map out where you aspire to visit this year.

  • Decide How Much Time Off Between Contracts You Require

  • Prioritize How You Will Determine Your Contract Locations

  • Identify Contract Terms You Would Refuse or Accept

  • Map Out Where You Wish to Visit

Decide How Much Time Off Between Contracts You Require

Most travel nursing contracts are between eight to 13 weeks long. Unless you pick up a quick crisis response contract, in which case those are as short as two to six weeks. Decide now about time off so that you can set your contracts in a meaningful way that provides you with control over your future.

Accordingly, we support this plan-ahead mentality for the reason that it means as a travel nurse you are placing self-care and time off as a priority. Travel nurses who don’t plan their time off can find themselves caught up in a never-ending nomadic state of jumping from contract to contract until they’re ready to drop in exhaustion consequently at risk of terminating a contract ahead of schedule because they’re at risk of burning out.

There are several different ways you can go about doing this, here’s a few that seem to be favorites:

1. Take a week off between each contract. A week isn’t a significant period of time, however, if you work only 13 week long contracts, and take a week of between each, that leaves you with four whole weeks (28 days) out of the year off work. How many staff nurses do you know that have 28 days of vacation a year?

2. Work two contracts back to back, followed by two weeks off. This has the benefit from option number one that gives you two weeks in a row which is actually quite a bit of time to be home, reconnecting with friends and families and taking care of any house projects, or hobbies that are important to you.

3. Consider your personal life events or important holidays. Does your family, or do your friends have trips or special celebrations planned for this year? You can block off time around those events and select travel contracts that begin and end around those events, thereby allowing you to be present and participate in important personal experiences.

Prioritize How You Will Determine Your Contract Locations

Make these decisions now so that when a contract becomes available for you, you won’t feel pressured by time constraints to figure out if it’s the right one for you. What is your top priority in selecting a travel nursing job? To be clear, there is no right or wrong way to go about this. Some travel nurses prioritize the pay package as the absolute deciding factor for them. Others are focused on building a specific career and prioritize the position or unit for a travel nurse contract. That method to prioritizing is more common than one might think. In fact, often nurses looking to certify in a specialty use their travel nursing contracts as the means to gain the required number of hours to sit for the certification exams. Alternatively, some of our travel nurses are less concerned about money or the actual position of a contract and prioritize the destination itself over all other considerations.

Identify Contract Terms You Would Refuse or Accept

In a similar vein to identifying your priorities for selecting travel nursing contracts, you should think about what sorts of qualities or characteristics of a travel nursing contract would have you willing to change your plan. Likewise, while you are clear headed and without pressure, identify what situations you would be uncomfortable with and prefer to refuse. Once you’ve determined these boundaries for yourself, you will be able to fall back on them when you are exhausted (physically or mentally) or emotionally vulnerable to pressure by the sway of money, other people’s opinions, or community need.

Further considerations to think about ahead of time include:

  • Are you willing to accept a contract that interferes with your planned time off?

  • What terms (if any) would allow you to skip a previously planned week off at home?

  • Are there any specific positions that you would refuse?

  • What locations or job situations would you refuse?

  • Are you willing to take urgent crisis response short term contracts?

  • Does the size of a city matter?

  • Are you interested in rural placement contracts?

  • Will you take your own vehicle with you on contracts?

  • Will you need travel contract locations that have efficient and reliable public transportation?

Map Out Where You Wish to Visit

Draw up a map for yourself of where you wish to visit! The thousands of available travel nursing contracts can be overwhelming, sort of like searching out a needle in a haystack. So, narrow it down a bit. Even if location isn’t your number one priority, this can be a natural starting place. Do you dream to be near snow in the winter months? Conversely, do you prefer to avoid harsh cold weather altogether? Perhaps you could circle around the country so that when the winter holidays come around again you are nearer to your home? The possibilities are endless, and the road to a positive and fulfilling year is waiting for you to build it.

Join Elite Specialty Staffing and Travel the Country

Bigger isn’t always better! We aren’t the biggest travel nurse agency, moreover, that fact is with intention. We value each of our talented nurses that travel the country, and our size allows us to provide support and compassion without diminishing the countless travel contract opportunities available from east to west. Our agency is respected, and our nurses are appreciated. We also offer competitive and comprehensive benefits packages, click here for more details.