After nursing school, you may be eager to begin interviewing and to dive into your life as a paid professional. As you distribute resumes, consider applying to be travel nurse. Agencies who place travel nurses typically require one year of experience before sending nurses to a job, but just think of the doors that will open after you have that one year under your belt!
Travel nurses are well compensated.
Nurses are in demand all across the US and in a variety of settings. You will have opportunities to make more money than in traditional nursing positions. This is because clients recruiting travel nurses have unmet needs, and they’re willing to pay in order to get those needs met. Compensation varies by location, but it will help you pay off school loans and save for endeavors like home ownership or vacation travel.
Travel nurses have flexibility.
Most assignments are 13 weeks long, but gaps between assignments do not mean that you’ll be unemployed; merely between assignments. This enables you to take breaks between assignments in order to travel or visit family. Many assignments even offer flexibility within the weekly schedule itself.
Travel nurses get to see different parts of the country.
This alone is priceless and a selling point for most. The ability to work in different settings around the country means not only strengthening clinical skills, but those crucial to patient care: cultural competence. You will learn to navigate different health systems in different areas, as well as possibly learn new languages. That experience can be invaluable to professionals working in health care.
Travel nurses avoid office politics.
Assignments are short-term, so you can avoid a lot of the drama sometimes ingrained in work environments over long periods of time. Three months goes by fast—most of your early time there will be spent getting to know the ins and outs of a new setting, personnel, and patience. By the time some (hopefully rare) unpleasant situation arises, if at all, you will be well on your way to your next assignment.
Aside from housing stipends, full benefits, and moving costs paid for, there are the valuable benefits of gaining more than just increased clinical skills. You will learn adaptability, flexibility, the structure and function of different organizations and personnel, the local impact of health systems, how different settings operate, and more. These skills will serve you well throughout your career.
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