Travel Nurses across the nation are discovering the great advantages that comes with a travel nursing career. They are realizing that this unique career choice provides a chance to explore new regions of the country, experience diverse practice area and form new and lasting relationships—all while enjoying competitive pay, great benefits and free housing in some cases.
Travel nurses have their choice of assignments in any of the 50 states. Travel Nurses get to choose an assignment based on professional opportunities, financial incentives, climate preferences, hobbies, proximity to family or friends, sightseeing interests or the desire to try a destination before making a permanent move.
Here are the most common reasons to choose travel nursing as a career option.
Opportunity and Adventure
Travel nurses can decide what kind of lifestyle they want to experience and change their criteria assignment to assignment. Maybe a bustling city like New York, San Francisco, Chicago or Los Angeles sounds exciting. Or, perhaps the charms of a small town in the rural south or Midwestern farm country has appeal.
Some travel nurses base their assignment choices on the weather, living the life of a ‘snowbird’ and enjoying a year-round mild climate. Other traveling RNs select their assignments based on hobbies such as hiking, scuba diving, surfing or the exploration of historical sites. The chance to explore possible places to put down roots or eventually retire is something many people spend considerable money and vacation time on. For travelers, it’s part of their daily adventure.
Diverse Experiences and Growth Opportunities
Travel nurses can choose from a smorgasbord of practice environments ranging from large-scale teaching facilities and renowned research centers to small hospitals and clinics in rural facilities and everything in-between. They have the opportunity to work with different patient populations and cases, and to be exposed to new technology and cutting-edge procedures.
You get to avoid office politics
Because travel nurses are not on staff, travel nurses don’t become embroiled in politics or management issues. If a practice environment isn’t an ideal fit, a new assignment is just a few weeks away. And while a staff nurse’s résumé might suffer from frequent job changes, a traveler’s résumé reflects impressive flexibility, adaptability and breadth of experience.
Freedom and Flexibility
A big benefit of travel nursing is that nurses manage their own careers. Their career paths don’t unfold according to the needs of an employer, but rather according to their own professional goals or personal agendas.
Travel nurses enjoy a freedom that usually isn’t possible with a staff position. They can take time off between assignments to enjoy a vacation, return home or visit family and friends.