5 Unique Travel Nursing Career Paths You Must Try

5 Unique Travel Nursing Career Paths You Must Try

5 Unique Travel Nursing Career Paths You Must Try

Regarding nursing career paths, travel nursing opens up many unique opportunities. When you work in this field, there is no telling where you can go or your next assignment. The good news is that if you crave adventure and exploration, being a travel nurse is an exciting career. 

As a traveling nurse, you have plenty of opportunities to go around the country for work and make memories. But you can also avoid the hospital setting to enjoy this line of work. You can go out of your comfort zone and explore other paths to nursing. Here are unique travel nurse jobs that you might consider doing.

Cruise Ship Nurse 

Do you love traveling the seas? Becoming a travel nurse on a cruise ship is a different experience that you should consider. With an average of 3,000 guests, a nurse on board is a must. Many cruise ships hire a team of nurses to help their passengers in medical emergencies. 

To become part of a cruise ship nurse team, you must be an NCLEX-RN with at least three years of full-time experience and an ACLS or Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support certification. 

Flight or Transport Travel Nurses 

Flight or transport-trained medical nurses help accompany patients when they are transported by aircraft. Most of the time, these patients are in advanced critical care, and it is the flight nurse’s responsibility to care for the patient while in transport. Many flight nurses are needed in rural areas that don’t have medical resources for emergencies.

To become a flight nurse, you must have 3-5 years combined ICU/ER experience and certification as a Certified Flight Registered Nurse or CFRN. You’ll have even better opportunities if you have flight and navigation experiences. 

Resort Nursing 

Working in this field exposes you to many unique travel nurse locations, cultures, and people. You can work in luxurious hotels in tropical countries or high-end ski resorts. Wherever you want to go, you always have options to choose from. As a travel nurse working in a vacation resort, you will be the primary point of medical contact for tourists and guests. 

To qualify for this position, certifications in first-aid and CPR are needed. You must also have strong communication skills, and speaking a different language is a plus. A resort nurse also interacts with resort guests, mainly if you apply for a resort overseas or in other countries. You must also meet the license and degree requirements needed for the country you choose to work in. 

Humanitarian Nursing 

A humanitarian nurse is one of the best career paths in nursing that you can pursue.  Nurses travel world with medical organizations like Doctors Without Borders and the International Medical Corps. They hire nurses to help them respond to global crises and emergencies. They help immunize children in villages and provide medical assistance to countries or places where natural disasters are on high alert. 

You must have a few years of nursing experience to qualify for this position. You must also take relevant courses in humanitarian health provided by NGOs or universities. They also prefer nurses with a second language, so it’s a good advantage if you’re bilingual or multilingual. 

Camp Nursing 

Do you enjoy working with kids in the summer? If you love exploring the wild and campfires, then becoming a camp nurse is an ideal travel nurse job. You get to work with kids to ensure they are healthy enough to explore the outdoors across the United States. You have to determine what type of camp benefit most from your expertise and background. Many camps specialize in specific activities and focus on children with cancer, mental disabilities, and other special populations. 

There are no specific certifications to become a camp nurse, but you must be certified and trained in CPR or Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. 

Be a Travel Nurse Today

Travel nursing is an exciting nursing field that opens doors to different opportunities. You get to meet other people, know many cultures and will touch so many lives with your profession. If this sounds like your dream job, go ahead and start sending out your applications! It’s still possible to pursue a travel nursing career. It may be the opportunity you are looking for!

 

Things to Know About Being a Crisis Travel Nurse

Things to Know About Being a Crisis Travel Nurse

Things to Know About Being a Crisis Travel Nurse

Being a crisis travel nurse has its perks, but it comes with real responsibilities too. One of these responsibilities is when you respond to a crisis. As a crisis travel nurse, you must assist wherever this crisis calls you. If you are interested in working as a travel nurse, it is best to understand what you are getting into and how it can help you as a travel nurse. 

Things to Know About Being a Crisis Travel Nurse

As a travel nurse, you have the opportunity to go to different parts of the country and offer assistance. That said, it is also one of your jobs to answer in times of crisis. A crisis contract is crucial to get things started. But, what do you need to be qualified as a crisis travel nurse? Here’s what you need to know. 

There are no additional requirements for travel nurses with crisis contracts. However, you are most likely able to qualify further if you have the following RN certifications:

  • Certification in Critical Care Nurse
  • Certified Emergency Nurse
  • Certification in Pediatric Nurse

To become certified in these departments, you must have an Associate’s Degree, BSN or MSN. Higher degrees are even better. You must also have experience working in Cardia Care units, Surgical ICUs, ICUs, trauma units, transport, and flight operations, specializing in emergency or life-threatening conditions [1]

Differences

Every job has a contract to follow, and a crisis contract is not different. However, there are a few differences that you should know. They are as follows:

The crisis assignment of travel nurses often comes without warning. An event can happen anytime, like a natural disaster. The pandemic is one example of a crisis that went without any notice. Often, a crisis assignment is face-paced and involves high-stress levels. The duration of your job will also depend on how long the crisis is at hand. While the pay is higher for crisis travel nurses, it can be demanding.

Benefits of Being a Crisis Travel Nurse

The crisis assignment of travel nurses often comes without warning. An event can happen anytime, like a natural disaster. The pandemic is one example of a crisis that went without any notice.

Often, a crisis assignment is face-paced and involves high-stress levels. The duration of your job will also depend on how long the crisis is at hand. While the pay is higher for crisis travel nurses, it can be demanding. 

As a crisis travel nurse, there are benefits when you accept the job. One of them is the benefit of a high paid salary. Because of the demands, you can receive 10-100% more than regular nursing staff jobs [2]

You also get to obtain housing, food, and incidental allowances, as well as bonuses for extra shifts. There are also additional shift incentives, primarily if you work night duty or when the health care facility is short-staffed.  

While this sounds good, there are also some downsides to being a crisis travel nurse. For one, you don’t know how long your contract will last, or it will be dropped at the last minute. It can also be an inconvenience because a crisis is not planned. The work is also demanding and often involves critical situations. So, you don’t know what you are in for. 

Before Agreeing to Be a Crisis Travel Nurse

Before agreeing on the job and taking on the risks, remember these three things before signing your contract. 

  • Always consider the location – before you agree on the job, always consider the place of your assignment first. Take the pandemic, for example; some states have higher Covid-19 cases than others. It is also essential to do your research before signing up for the job. 
  • Follow safety protocols – taking a crisis travel nurse job always involves risks. It is also why the pay is higher compared to other nursing jobs. If you are deployed for a job during this pandemic, wearing the proper PPE while at work, wearing face masks, and social distancing are vital. Of course, each crisis differs, so it is best to observe safety protocols. 
  • Consider the pay – crisis travel nurses are paid higher than usual because of the risks involved. However, be on the lookout for agencies that offer ridiculous salary amounts. Often, these contracts are cut off short because of budget reasons. It is also why you should consider contracts with reasonable pay to avoid losing them. 

Being a Crisis Travel Nurse Today is Vital

If you are already a travel nurse, you don’t need many requirements to work in this field. However, working with a good travel nursing agency is a must to set you up with the right job. Your recruiter can help guide you and provide insight on your next crisis travel nursing assignment. Make sure to work only with the best.

 

EP 190: How to Be a Successful Nursepreneur with Catie Harris

EP 190: How to Be a Successful Nursepreneur with Catie Harris

How to Be a Successful Nursepreneur with Catie Harris

Being a successful nursepreneur doesn’t happen overnight. As nurses, we can handle anything when it comes to our patients. But how about running a business? As I have mentioned, overnight success doesn’t happen right away. There are steps to that, but what are they? How can you become a successful nurse entrepreneur?

In this episode, we would like to introduce you to Catie Harris, a NursePreneur Mentor who has empowered thousands of nurses in business to monetize their knowledge and skills while inspiring them to change the way healthcare is perceived and delivered. She strives to undo the perception that nursing care is limited to the hospital setting. Through her intensive nurse business coaching program, Catie shows nurses around the world how their hard-earned knowledge and skills can transcend the hospital system into a profitable business.

QUESTIONS FOR GUESTS

The questions below are some we’d like to tackle. We often go off-topic, so we don’t expect to hit them all. If you have any ideas, please let us know.

Looking forward to our conversation!

These are the questions you had in Calendly. We’ll go off your questions and wherever else our conversation goes.

  1. Can you give us a background about yourself?
  2. What made you leave nursing and become an entrepreneur?
  3. Can you be both a nurse and an entrepreneur? 
    • Nursing gives you income stability which allows you to focus more on your business and not have to necessarily worry about the financials all the time. 
    • Most businesses take 2-3 years to see some income being generated.
  4. How can nurses dig beneath the surface of their careers to find passion, purpose & profit?
    • We often do not understand the power that we have as nurses. The difference we make individually extends far beyond the patient, student, or colleague whose life we change. Each of us has the power to create a ripple effect.
    • What is the origin of nursing purpose to getting into healthcare? Can we channel our purpose into other places?
  5. What are some business ideas that you’ve recently seen nurses participate in?

ENDING QUESTIONS

Before we end the show, we have one last question we like to ask all our guests.

If you had the opportunity to have a Cup of coffee with anybody one last time, who would it be & why? 

To learn more about being a successful nursepreneur, watch our full episode here 👇👇👇

TIME STAMPS:

00:00 Introduction
01:56 About Catie Harris
03:49 How has your purpose changed
04:35 Nursing traits that you can use in business
05:35 The pain points of starting a business
07:11 How passion started
09:45 Discovering your passion
12:31 How do you pass success to your clients
14:30 How to deal with not profitable
18:09 Successful nursepreneur businesses
21:18 How to look for the right people to work with
22:36 Hospital Leader vs Entrepreneur Leader
24:30 Overcoming imposter syndrome
25:50 Struggles of running a business
27:41 Big mindset shifts as an entrepreneur
29:34 Failures and motivations
31:49 Balancing work and life
33:42 Tips on starting a business
35:52 How to keep the business organized
39:00 Wrapping up the show

10 Reasons Why You Should Be a Travel Nurse Today

10 Reasons Why You Should Be a Travel Nurse Today

10 Reasons Why You Should Be a Travel Nurse Today

Of all the nursing career paths to choose from, travel nursing is perhaps the most flexible one of them all. This post will talk about the different reasons why you should be a travel nurse today. Read on for more.

10 Reasons to Be a Travel Nurse

If you consider a different area of nursing to work in, a travel nurse is an excellent choice. Do you love traveling? How about exploring various locations? Perhaps you want a broader network in terms of work? If you answered yes, this job is the right one for you. Here are fifteen of the best reasons to become one. 

1. You get to travel around the country.

One of the main reasons many nurses sign up for this job is the job title itself, TRAVEL NURSE. It means you get to go across the country (or world) for it. Now, if this tickles your fancy, go ahead and find an agency that can help you get an assignment. 

2. Advancement in your career.

Like any other nursing career, there is also career growth in travel nursing. Of course, you get to grow this job at your own pace. With your experience as a travel nurse, many medical staffing agencies can help find you a job that matches your skills and specialty. So, don’t worry about not getting a job as there will always be one open for you.  

3. You get to enjoy the location of work.

One of the best things about this job is that you get to enjoy the location before saying you are done with it. A typical travel nursing assignment can last around three weeks to 3 months. If you enjoyed working in the health care facility you are assigned to, it feels more like a vacation than work. Not a lot of job has the same opportunity. 

4. There is job security in travel nursing.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is an estimated job increase of 16% until 2024 in the travel nursing department over the next few years. That means your job is safe and secure even in the coming years. 

5. Contracts are flexible.

One of the reasons you should become a travel nurse is that the contracts are flexible. It means you are not stuck on one long contract as most assignments are short-term. That said, you avoid experiencing nurse burnout as you don’t have to deal with work-related stress all the time. 

6. Sign-up bonus.

Travel nurse agencies offer sign-up bonuses to nurses who want to become travel nurses. If you are looking for extra income while working, this could be an excellent opportunity to grab. 

7. You get low-cost or free housing. 

When you sign up as a travel nurse, your agency will offer stipends for your housing needs. Some agencies will even cover the housing expenses for their travel nurses, so you don’t have to worry about where to stay on your next assignment [1]. 

What’s even better is that you will live with other travel nurses or live close to them when you are assigned to a new location. There’s never a dull moment when you work this job.

8. Pay is great.

As travel nurses, your work is not full-placement; this means you get to enjoy a high salary. A travel nurse’s salary is 33% higher than the average staff nurse’s. An average income for travel nurses is $75,330 to $108,000 per year [2]. And if this sounds like a good deal for you, you better sign up as one soon! 

9. Paid health insurance

Since you are traveling for work, travel nurses can rest with the thought that your health insurance is paid. Many medical health agencies pay their travel nurses’ insurance before sending them out. It saves you time and effort securing one. 

10. Traveling is paid.

You don’t have to worry about your next assignment or what to pay for. Many travel nurse agencies secure that their nurses are not only paid for work but also for traveling. You can be in Hawaii for summer before you know it, given that you have an assignment there, of course! 

Bonus points as travel nurses:

  • You can save enough money for your retirement.
  • Your network expands as travel nurses can work with different people in the medical field. The more contacts you have, the more exciting opportunities await you. 
  • Getting a multi-license is possible. Since you work in different states, you will need licenses too. Your travel nurse agency can help you acquire these licenses to get you going for work. 
  • As you move around for work, there is always a chance for continued education. You never stop learning as a nurse, and this line of work is the perfect fit for you. 
  • Some travel nurse companies offer referral bonuses to nurses who can refer others to sign up for them, and if your agency provides the same, then lucky you!

Working as a travel nurse is exciting and perfect for those who want to earn more. Hopefully, the list above convinced you enough why you should become a travel nurse today. Good luck!

 

EP 187: The Opportunities Nursing Brings with Britt Greaves

EP 187: The Opportunities Nursing Brings with Britt Greaves

The Opportunities Nursing Brings with Britt Greaves

The opportunities nursing brings are endless. Nursing, as a profession, offers plenty of chances for better careers and many nursing fields that you can pursue. And while this opens many possibilities to nurses, many are also hesitant to change career fields. There’s that feeling that they cannot do other things than the ones they already know. But this is not true, as nurses, we have the skills to survive anything.

We have the power to choose, remember that. If you are unhappy with work, it’s time to make room for changes. Explore new places, try different nursing units, pursue the nursing field of your dreams – take hold of your career and embrace the opportunities we’re given. Let’s start today. 

Our Guest

In this episode, we would like to introduce you to Britt Greaves. Britt Greaves is a nurse who worked in specialties such as Hospice/Palliative Care, and ICU, and traveled for over  5 years in the PICU. When she isn’t working you can find her blogging, volunteering on international medical mission trips, or advocating for mental health in the nursing community through her founded safe space The Debrief. Transitioning from the bedside, Britt is the Community Manager at Trusted Health, where she now advocates for the health of the nursing community. 

We discuss the importance of speaking about your feelings, how to heal, and the debrief. 

QUESTIONS FOR GUESTS

The questions below are some we’d like to tackle. We go off-topic all the time so we don’t expect to hit them all. If you have any ideas please let us know. Looking forward to our conversation!

  1. How has your nursing journey been?
    • You’ve worked in a handful of specialties as a staff and then as a travel nurse to now focusing on projects away from the bedside. How did you slowly transition away from staff to travel?
  2. Is there a time you can recall in or out of nursing that really opened up your mind to mindfulness and mental health?
    • Can you talk to us about how you began incorporating mindfulness into your life and how it has helped you?
    • Meditation, what kind do you do?
  3. What were the darkest depths you have experienced as a traveler to rediscover yourself? 
  4. Chakras and sound healing, how did you get into it? And how does it help you?
    • What were you struggling with that turned you to these practices?
  5. What is the Debrief?
  6. How did you get involved with trusted and what is trusted? 

ENDING QUESTIONS

Before we end the show we have one last question we like to ask all our guests. If you had the opportunity to have a Cup of coffee with anybody one last time, who would it be & why? 

Catch more of Britt on her Instagram account at @catchbrittifyoucan or visit her at  https://events.trustedhealth.com/ for more. 

You can learn more about the opportunities nursing brings by watching the full episode here 👇👇

TIME STAMPS:

00:00 Introduction
02:02 About Brit Greaves
02:43 Exploring other fields of healthcare
05:56 The benefits of travel nursing
07:30 The reasons for leaving the bedside
09:16 The challenges outside of nursing
10:42 Nursing attributes that help through life
13:03 Healing yourself, meditation, and sound healing
20:12 About The Debrief
22:19 Selfcare in nursing and gratitude
27:24 Why is it hard for nurses to take time off?
34:42 Talking about TravCon
35:43 Goals for the travel nursing community
38:28 Opportunities as a travel nurse
40:43 End remarks