As nursing continues to expand as a profession, facilities are seeking personnel from all specialties to answer their increasing demand. Travel nursing offers a world of exciting possibilities, from discovering new places and meeting new faces, to enriching your nursing career. Whether you are just starting out your career, or are a seasoned veteran, we have seven reasons why traveling nurses love what they do, just for you!
1.) Financial Freedom
Travel nursing is an avenue toward helping reduce your financial fears. Equipped with highly competitive compensation, generous housing stipends, and other amazing perks, you can be the boss of your finances. It’s time to start chipping away at your loans, grab some take out from the sushi spot down the street, and breathe more easily.
2.) Schedule Flexibility
There is so much to experience out there, but seemingly no time to fit it all in with your busy schedule, right? Well, as a travel nurse, you’ll have the freedom to choose when and where you sign your next contract. At the end of your contract, you can either pursue an extension, or decide to take some you-time before making your next move.
3.) A Life of Adventure
Travel is the operative word, after all! Through your travel nursing program, you’ll have direct access to destinations spread across this fair country of ours. You can help keep Portland (OR) weird, taste beach living in San Diego (CA), or hike the Rockies of Colorado. The best part? There’s no limit on the new places to which you can travel. You may discover your permanent home, or that you feel more at home on the road. Either way, adventure awaits.
4.) Helping Those Who Really Need It
As a nurse you are already directly affecting the lives of your patients every day.You ensure all the pieces are in place so that their care is carried out as smoothly as possible. Through travel nursing you’ll be able to add to the scope of your care, with opportunities to work in high-need areas where your help will have even greater impact.
5.) Meeting New Faces
You might be embarking on a journey, perhaps, to a destination far away from your comfort zone, but you are joining scores of others beginning their own travel careers. Others who are driven by a love of nursing and their patients, and a thirst for adventure. It’s a perfect opportunity for you to share your experiences with new friends in new places. Not to mention, you’ll be working with a vast network of clinicians and forging lasting professional relationships that will grow throughout your career.
6.) Professional Growth
During your travel experience, you’ll also have a unique opportunity to develop your one-of-a-kind nursing career. You will be gaining crucial experience with different hospitals and teams—as you travel to different locations, you will acquire and sharpen new skills at each stop. With new challenges and responsibilities constantly being thrown your way, you will always be honing your intangible skills like adaptability and critical thinking, on your path to becoming a better nurse.
7.) Minimized Workplace Politics:
Workplace politics are an unfortunate staple in most professional settings and can be exacerbated in high-tension environments like nursing. Travel nursing, however, allows you to take the wheel and avoid long stints in the wrong setting. Contracts are usually three months, so, should you find yourself in an atmosphere that doesn’t suit your workplace happiness, you are only a short time away from your next assignment.
These are seven of the many reasons why travel nursing might befit you as a potential career move. Hopefully, each one painted a clearer picture of travel nursing life and answered some of those lingering questions you might have. Hospitals around the country are always looking for excellent nurses to join their causes. The next part, as they say, is up to you.
Does travel nursing sound like a fit for you? Schedule a call with one of our recruiters, here.