Adventures In Travel Nursing Jobs - Part 1
Travel Nursing’s History
Travel nursing began in the 1980’s when seasonal or geographic shortages began to appear in hospitals and health care facilities. Since that time travel nurses have been used to fill temporary positions due to maternity leave, job training, and seasonal spikes in demand. There are more positions open than available nurses, so this industry has seen regular growth.
Why Travel Nursing?
Anyone who likes to travel, meet new people and visit new places, would be a great fit for a travel nursing position. Why would anyone want to work in different places for shorter times than a permanent position?
- The excitement of working in a new town and being able to explore a new geographic area.
- Free housing including free utilities. If you prefer to arrange your own housing, they will provide you with a housing subsidy.
- Good pay and steady work, but with the freedom to choose each assignment.
- The ability to work at prestigious medical facilities.
- The normal benefits you would receive in a permanent nursing job such as 401k, medical, dental, life insurance, and continuing education.
- The ability to expand your skills and learn new techniques in a variety of fields.
- The ability to move according to the weather. Some nurses work half a year in one location, but move to a warmer climate during winter.
Who Is This Field Suitable For?
To be a good fit, you should have a good attitude, be flexible, easily accept change, be open to new experiences and learn quickly. In addition to most nursing fields, opportunities exist for radiologic technologists, physical and occupational therapists, speech language pathologists and nursing managers.
How Long Are Assignments And What Can I Expect For Compensation?
Assignments may be as little as 4 weeks, but most assignments last 13 weeks. Long-term assignments may last a year. Pay is based on experience, the specialty, the region, and supply and demand, but you may be able to earn between $22 - $42 per hour, not including free housing. Sign-on and completion bonuses may also be offered.
Tune in next week for Part 2 on Travel Nursing which will cover:
- The education, medical, and experience requirements.
- Which specialties pay the most.
- What to look for in a travel nursing company.
- Steps to get started.
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