Nurses become travel nurses for many reasons, but some motivations are exceedingly popular. We’ve worked with lots of full-time registered nurses (RN), and while everyone has their own reasons, the reality is that most align on three major benefits of travel nursing:
1. Increasing Income
You don’t have to be a travel nurse to know how much more money they usually make. Facilities have dire needs for patient care are often willing to pay higher hourly wages to secure talent. Many full-time RNs work alongside travel nurses, and it’s not uncommon for the topic of compensation to arise.
If you take a travel assignment that’s close to your house, you probably won’t realize the outstanding pay you always hear about from travel nurses. But take an assignment that’s far enough from home, and that assignment may qualify for a tax-free travel stipend.
These stipends can account for the differences between full-time RN pay and what travel nurses make. It’s not uncommon for a full-time RN to take a travel nursing role that virtually doubles their bi-weekly take-home pay.
2. Resume Building
Taking a travel assignment is a great way to build experience in settings or specialty. If a facility has a need for travel nurses, it’s likely they need nurses in various settings.
For example, an ICU nurse may be expected to float into med-surg or the emergency room on slower days. And it’s this kind of versatility that can exponentially improve your resume.
In addition, travel nursing is a great way to land in some of America’s largest and most distinguished hospital systems. Think about how much better your resume would look with “The Cleveland Clinic,” or “The Mayo Clinic” on it. Once you work in places like these, you’ll likely be considered virtually anywhere.
3. Paid Exploration
It’s in the name. Travel nurses get paid to travel. And while some travel nurses opt for those lucrative assignments in rural areas, many will use their travel nursing status to explore parts of the US they’ve always wanted to visit.
Want to live and work in California, Hawaii or Alaska? A travel assignment can make that very realistic. See the places you’ve always wanted to see, and make great money doing it.
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