The opportunities are endless for travels nurse when it comes to picking their next work destination.
They choose the location, decide if they want to accept contract agreements, and more.
According to Nursejournal.com, traveling nurses can make between $3,000 to $7,000 thousand per week. They are averaging 36-hour work weeks.
If you want to become a traveling nurse, they are criteria that you have to obtain along with your degree or certification.
“Nearly every travel nurse started as a permanent, full-time employee at a hospital. And the reason is, is because, you know, hospitals, when it comes to travel, nurses are going to require that the candidate have at least a year and often times, two years of experience in the specialty that they are going to be working in before starting the job. And that is because they are coming in on a temporary basis,” said Blue Pipes Co-Founder Kyle Schmidt.
Blue Pipes is a professional networking platform dedicated to the healthcare industry. These traveling assignments can take you across the world; as you provide service and care to patients in your trained specialty. Travel assignments can range from 4 weeks at the minimum to 26 weeks or longer.
There are many reasons behind nurses choosing to take their work on the road, and Schmidt shares some of the top decision factors.
“Folks might do it because it allows them the opportunity to go and work at different locations around the country and learn a lot of different processes, procedures, charting systems. It is an ever-changing thing for them if they are travel nurses because they should be moving from facility to facility and learning different things and getting exposed to different patient populations, etc.”
When these nurses accept assignments, they know what kind of environment they are going to work in, and sometimes those duties and surroundings can change.
“There are an awful lot of cancelations, especially these days, tradition; under normal circumstances, there would be a much lower rate of contract cancellations. Because things are so fluid and moving so quickly, the census is spiking, and then going back down, etc. Contracts are getting canceled at a higher rate possibly than typically they would otherwise. That means oftentimes, the travel health care professional and the agency are left out in the cold. The travel health care professional then has to scramble to find their next job.”
Travel nurses are important to hospital systems and can make a difference, one assignment at a time!