Home Health Travel Nurse: 3 Important Things to Know

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By Triage Healthcare Staffing

February 26, 2024

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What to Know About Being a Home Health Travel Nurse

Triage Healthcare Staffing provided this article.

Home healthcare jobs are expected to rise dramatically in the next decade or so to help support an aging population. It’s expected that nearly 200,000 new home health nursing jobs will be created as Americans live longer and stay in their homes. If you’ve ever thought about becoming a home health travel nurse, there’s never been a better time. Here’s what you can expect from a home health travel job.

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Home Health Travel Nurses Have Variety in Their Schedules

Want a day job that differs nearly every day? While the same can be said for nurses in a clinical setting, home health nurses definitely have a different schedule every day, especially when they’re travelers. Travel home health nurses may be filling in for a nurse who’s on vacation or sick for the day, which means that they’re seeing different patients every day of their assignment.

If you’re in an unfamiliar city for your assignment, make sure you have a reliable GPS app on your phone that automatically updates with road closures and traffic info so you’re never lost wandering around. And look for an agency that pays you for mileage in between patients, so you’re not stuck footing that bill.

Of course, it’s possible for home health travel nurses to see the same set of patients throughout their 13-week assignment. If you’d rather form short-term relationships instead of seeing new patients every day, make sure to ask what type of job you’re applying for when you interview or ask your recruiter to find out the details. If you’re seeing the same patients day after day, this can help set a routine while you’re far from home.

Home Health Travel Nurses Make More Money

It’s no secret—home health travel nurses get paid more, and there’s no shame in that game if that’s why you’re a traveler.

The average hourly rate for a home health nurse is about $36 an hour or about $75,000, according to ZipRecruiter. While home health travel nurse salaries can vary according to location, NursingProcess.org reports that the average home health travel nurse earns about $113,000 a year. How does that sound?

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Home Health Travel Nurses Are More Independent

While travel nurses have an incredible independence streak, home health travel nurses have to be even more independent. They’re often on their own, working one-on-one with patients without the support system of other nurses and hospital staff.

When you’re working as a home health nurse, you’ll need to be confident in your skills so that you can handle any situation that’s thrown your way. It’s also important to choose a travel agency with a full clinical department. This means you have support if you encounter a situation you’re not comfortable within the field.

Triage’s new long-term care division has home health, hospice, long-term care, senior living, rehab, and assisted living positions available, with more being added every week. No matter what your specialty, Triage has travel nurse jobs in locations throughout the country.

We hope you found this article on what you need to know about being a home health travel nurse helpful. Do you travel as a home health nurse? Comment below and let us know your tips or advice for other travel nurses.

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