WHY Travel Nursing?
Determining why travel nursing is your career choice will assist in many of the decisions that you will have to make in the next steps.
I recommend that you grab a notebook and a pen. Now, brainstorm for a moment and write down everything that you can think of related to WHY travel nursing is your career choice.
If you’re not sure, here are some reasons why travel nursing is a hot career choice:
Travel nurse contracts vary in length, location and in position. You can choose according to your reasons.
Time off work
Travel nurses can contract for specific dates off work, or arrange complete contracts around personal time.
Meet new people and create new Friendships
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 our Network group members rave about.
Experience new locations
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.
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 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.
Explore a location prior to a permanent move
Many travelers choose travel nursing as a segue into a full time job in a new location. Being able to scout out a new place before making a long term commitment can be a huge perk.
- A need or desire to be in a particular place for a period of time.
- Family scattered across the country.
- See the country
- Broaden your children’s horizons
Once you know why travel nursing is your choice for a career, you will be better able to communicate with your recruiters as you move through the next steps of the guide. It’s also going to make it easier for you to make a decision on the next contract location or agency selection.
In this series of posts, I’ll show you how to become a Travel Nurse step by step. Following these steps will help you be successful in your travel nursing career. I recommend that you follow them in order and if you have any questions that I don’t cover, please feel free to add them in the comments section at the bottom of this page.
As discussed in the introduction, If your looking to change careers and become a Travel Nurse it may sound easy but it’s actually a very unique field of nursing and requires a bit of knowledge and a lot of foresight/planning. In these posts, I’ll be breaking down each of the following steps into easy to follow directions and guidance. I recommend that you follow them in order (the next article is linked at the bottom of each page) and if you have any questions that I don’t cover, please feel free to join our network on Facebook and post them there; Travel Nurse Network – The Gypsy Nurse or use our website search for additional content.