Who Makes A Good Travel Nurse?

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Who Makes a Good Travel Nurse?

On some levels, working as a professional travel nurse looks like the ideal job. Is It an ideal job?

On some levels, working as a professional travel nurse looks like the ideal job. It provides nurses with an opportunity to live and work in different parts of the country. They can interact with new people. Travel nurses pull in an excellent salary. They make friends all over the country. They can move south in the winter, and north in the summer. If they feel like taking a few months off, they don’t have to worry about explaining things to their bosses, they just give themselves a few months to improve their mental health before they accept a new assignment. Travel nurses claim that their jobs gives them an opportunity to re-establish their patient-focused medicine.

Why Travel Nursing?

Flexibility

  • Travel nurse contracts vary in length, location and in position. You can choose according to your reasons. You can always test the waters and only go for an 8-week contract.

Time off work

  • Travel nurses can contract for specific dates off work, or arrange complete contracts around personal time. We know travel nurses that work 2 contracts a year and enjoy 6 months off!

Meet new people

  • Travel nurses have the opportunity to meet people and make friends from all walks of life while traveling. This is one of the most talked-about benefits that travel nurses talk about.

Experience

  • Being able to live like a local for 13 weeks and experience a place that’s on the bucket list. Travel nurses don’t just get to visit a new place but experience it.

Better pay

  • Travel nurses generally make a bit more than a staff nurse. This is especially true if you’re willing to go to a ‘less desirable’ location. Don’t be afraid of this, some of the best experiences are those you would never expect.

Expand your Nursing Skills

  • By working in various environments, with differences in processes, equipment, etc. You will expand your nursing skills as well as develop new skills like organization, adaptability, and critical thinking.

Who wouldn’t want to be a travel nurse?

The reality is that not every person who comes out of a nursing program is suitable for a career as a travel nurse.

When you are considering a life as a travel nurse you have to ask yourself if you really like to travel. The life of a travel nurse is serious, hardcore traveling. Travel nurses are constantly on the move, going from one state to another, taking assignment after assignment. All the moving around eventually takes a toll on the body and soul.

Bear in mind that travel nurses are working, this is not an extended family vacation, they aren’t backpacking across Europe. While they are on assignment travel nurses are on a schedule. They are expected to report to work, on time, at the beginning of each one of their shifts. While they are working they are dealing with sick and injured people. They are expected to give one hundred and ten percent of themselves while they are working. Travel nurses go away to work, not to party.

Do you have an easy time making new friends  Travel nurses are constantly going to cities and towns where they are strangers. They don’t know anyone in these places. In order for their experience to be positive, they have to have a talent for turning complete strangers into close friends.

 

Our Travel Nursing Experience

Nurses that have a significant other may have a hard time adjusting to life as a travel nurse. Unless the significant other is able to travel from one location to another it is difficult to stay together as a couple. One circumstance when travel nursing does work when a couple decides to work in tandem and is able to find nursing assignments in the same hospitals and medical facilities.

Before you sign with a nursing agency, decide if you can tolerate moving away from your family, friends, and pets. Working as a travel nurse is going to require you to spend several months away from your home location.

Carefully consider all the requirements and responsibilities expected from a travel nurse before you sign with a nursing agency. Qualities that a good travel nurse should embrace are a zest for adventure, a strong work ethic, confidence in their medical knowledge, and a gregarious personality. If you are a nurse with at least one year of experience working in a hospital and feel that you would make an excellent travel nurse start placing your application at agencies.

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