Pros and Cons of Travel Nursing
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There are many pros and cons of travel nursing. Being a travel nurse can be equal parts exciting and challenging. From moving to new locations as often as every thirteen weeks, to re-learning where each unit stocks medications, supplies and crash carts. The allure of travel nursing often presents the wonderful and difficult all in one.
Pros of Travel Nursing
- How cool is it that one could live in places they may have only vacationed to or dreamed of vacationing? For example, Hawaii is a highly sought-after location that travel nurses adore working in. The fact that one can work in their specialty at a new hospital and then hop on a surfboard or go to a luau after the workday is over is so very cool and extremely enticing.
- Depending on location, the travel nurse salary is usually quite high. Hospitals that are in high demand of staff or that are experiencing bedside nursing shortages often reach out to agencies that contract nurses to work on the unit. Between housing stipends, relocation pay, sign-on bonuses and meal reimbursement, there is a wide avenue for income that travel nurse jobs have access to.
Cons of Travel Nursing
- As a nurse who is constantly working in different hospitals and facilities around the country, building up seniority and rapport becomes difficult to impossible unless extension at a hospital is an option. Doctors often don’t know a travel nurses’ experience and the ability to grow within the hospital entity and climb the clinical ladder isn’t possible because as a contracted worker one does not qualify for the benefits that full-time staff experience. This also plays a large part when it comes to the scheduled days travel nurses will work while on assignment. The travel nurse often picks up the shifts that management needs coverage on and this can mean having days spread out throughout the week rather than coupled together like many nurses like to work. Make sure that if there is time off needed during a contract that it is asked for ahead of time and it is also a good idea to have it in writing.
- As fun as moving to new locations may seem every few months, the challenges of finding housing can be overwhelming. Make sure to do research on an area that before applying and signing a contract. There are some cities with low short-term housing inventory and that will directly impact one’s experience in any new city.
Travel nursing jobs open up daily around the country. Being confident in one’s specific nursing specialty and maintaining a willingness to learn on the fly will help launch any contracted traveler into a career enriched with excitement. An openness to change and a positive attitude is imperative to being a successful travel nurse. Adventure is out there, now go enjoy this big, beautiful world! Thanks for reading our blog on the pros and cons of travel nursing!!
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Katherine Reagan has been a nurse for 5 years. Her site www.onehappynurse.com shares tips and tricks on what it takes to be a successful Travel and Staff Nurse. If you are a nursing student, she will help you prepare with real life examples and ways to thrive mentally, emotionally and physically while you are still in school.