Do you enjoy traveling, meeting new people, and seeing new places—but you’re limited by time and budget constraints? If you’re answering, “Yes!” to this question, then consider the benefits of being a travel nurse for your next career move.
There are so many pros and cons of being a travel nurse. Here are 15 big advantages to consider:
1. Explore our great country.
The United States is a large, beautiful, and diverse country.
From the big skies of Montana to the beaches of Hawaii and from the streets of New York to the studios of Los Angeles, you’d need more than one lifetime to see it all.
If you become a traveling nurse, you get to see ALL of those places you’ve always wanted to visit!
2. Get to know a place before settling down.
By being a travel nurse, you get to spend anywhere from three weeks to three months in one place.
That’s much longer than a typical vacation – meaning, you’ll have the opportunity to really get to know the town or city.
3. Advance your career.
Travel nursing allows you to work at your own pace while still advancing your career. By working with a medical staffing agency, you have a specialized team of career consultants who can help you find positions that match and improve your specialty.
4. Maintain job security.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs for registered nurses will increase by 12% from now until 2028.
And nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners will see a job growth of 26% from now until 2028.
With such a high demand for nursing, you’re guaranteed to find and keep a job you love.
5. Create more flexibility with short-term contracts.
Since you’ll be working a series of short-term assignments, it’s easier to create more flexibility for yourself than you would working one long-term job.
This means that you’re able to build a lifestyle that works for your schedule – and have fun while doing so.
6. Receive a sign-on bonus.
Many agencies that place traveling nurses offer a sign-on bonus as an incentive, which can give you some extra cash in the beginning of your travels.
7. Earn an excellent salary.
Because the assignments aren’t direct, full-time placements, you’ll enjoy a higher salary.
In some cases, the pay rate is as much as 33% higher than average.
What’s more, you’ll be able to take advantage of various tax breaks to maximize your deductions every year.
8. Secure free or low-cost housing.
It’s true that staffing agencies typically provide free or low-cost housing close to other travel nurses that will understand you and relate to you.
There are no worries of making that next rent or mortgage payment here!
9. Ensure paid travel, year-round.
Have you ever wanted to spend the winter in a warm place? With travel nursing, you can be put on an assignment in Hawaii during the colder months and spend the summer in a place a little more cool!
10. Gather paid health insurance.
Since you’re employed by your medical staffing agency, your health insurance will be paid for, saving you time and money of securing it on your own.
11. Increase retirement savings for the future.
From the moment you start work as a traveling nurse, you’ll also be putting aside money for your retirement due to the agency’s benefits. The agency might even have a 401K matching arrangement!
12. Build wider network of healthcare professionals.
The wider your network, the more contacts you have who can alert you to interesting opportunities, recommend you to employers, and provide professional support.
As a traveling nurse, you’ll have sufficient time to establish strong relationships with people on each assignment.
13. Receive assistance getting licenses in multiple states.
When you start out, you’ll likely only be licensed in your state of origin, but your medical staffing agency can provide practical and assistance for getting the licenses you need to work in different states.
14. Further your education with assistance.
The more qualified you are, the more in demand you’ll be as a professional! Your staffing agency will be able to support you in furthering your education, no matter what your travel assignment may be.
15. Refer others for bonuses.
Many staffing agencies for traveling nurses offer bonuses if you refer a colleague or friend to them.
Some agencies have a travel rewards program that can help you earn points towards great prizes!
The best time to get started on your travel nursing career is now. If you are interested in exploring this possibility, contact us today.