We might be biased, but we love travel nurses. Travel nursing has been on the rise for many years now, and we get questions all the time as to the specifics of what this career path entails. Hopefully this post will answer some of these questions and give you some things to consider when looking at a travel nursing assignment. There are a number of additional factors that come into play when compared to a permanent position at a healthcare facility. These can often times go overlooked when solely focused on your potential earnings.
Travel nursing is a great way to see different parts of the country and trial run a lot of different facilities to see what you do, and don’t like. You’ll also encounter a wide array of personalities within your assigned facilities. As the saying goes, variety is the spice of life.
One of the biggest factors is the travel time to and from the facility, every shift is now the middle point in your daily journey. Often times you are walking into a scene that has a history you are not aware of, and the momentum of these situations carries into your shift.
Make no mistake, travel nursing is by no means an easy way to make more money. It requires a lot of discipline to handle the responsibility of communicating with the agency and/or your facility. Travel nursing is a great career path, but be sure you understand what it takes to do the job well. Your facilities depend on you.