Travel nurse jobs are popping up all over and there are many benefits both to patients and also the nurses themselves. If you are considering a career change or just a change in location, this may be the job for you. The traveling nurse field offers almost limitless possibilities as far as where you want to go and what you want to do. You get to see new places and make a difference in someone’s life at the same time. One of the perks of being a traveling nurse is that you will get to work in some of the most noted and prestigious medical facilities in the country. Some of the many benefits of this job are great pay, vacation destinations and very generous bonuses. Some of the benefits drawing nurses to this field include; continuing education credits, retirement plans with company matching, insurance coverage and pay based incentive programs.
As a traveling nurse you will get to expand on your skills due to the wide variety of settings you will be placed in. You’ll get to set your own schedule so that you are able to explore your new city and surroundings. In order to pursue a career as a travel nurse, there are some requirements you will have to meet including; having a minimum of 12-18 months of recent experience in an acute-care setting, in some cases they will require more. Your specialty will determine what the experience requirements are. Every hiring facility has a different set of expectations.
One very important thing to remember while considering a traveling nurse job is that it is paramount to keep your licenses and certifications current at all times. If is important to find a recruiter that will help you keep on top of all the requirements as well as the best job postings that come along. A good relationship with your recruiter will also keep you at the top of the list for ‘exclusive’ locations. And ‘exclusive’ locations offer benefits such as greater assignment choices, faster placement and interviews, an increase in your pay, and the most popular locations. The best part is that once you are accepted into an ‘exclusive’ location you are always on the list for future job offerings at that facility.
Being able to add traveling nurse to your resume will help you further your career. It shows your dedication to keep learning about your profession. You are also offered the chance to travel with your loved ones so that you don’t have to leave those important people in your life behind. Your Housing Representative will make sure that you have the accommodations you will need for the length of your assignment. It is always good advice to do your homework when deciding upon a travel nurse company. A good and reputable travel company will be happy to answer all your questions up front and honestly. Weigh the different pros and cons of each company before you make the final decision.
Nurses aren’t the only healthcare providers reaping the benefits of travel nurse jobs though. Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Pathologists, Managers, and Radiologic Technologists have opportunities to travel as well. So, no matter what your discipline of care, there is a traveling nurse job for you. It is as exciting as it is rewarding. Join the many nurses and medical professionals who have already found this amazing chance to see new places and give the care to those who really need it.
Mercedes Potter is an avid traveler discussing the benefits of a career as a traveling nurse. Follow her @CedesPotter.