Should Your Try Travel Nursing?

Have you ever thought about travel nursing?

As you begin to look for nursing opportunities, you may find that you're having difficulty securing a position that's just right for you. Perhaps your dream hospital isn't hiring or you're unsure whether or not you'll be moving in the next few months. One option for nurses between jobs is to work as a travel nurse. Travel nurses are hired to work for a specified amount of time in a certain location.

What do travel nurses do?
Demand for nurses is extremely high, and when there is a shortage of them at hospitals and other health care facilities, sometimes staff will be temporarily supplemented with travel nurses. These individuals are hired to work in a certain position for a predetermined amount of time and sign a new contact each time they change assignments. The typical assignment length is 13 weeks, although it can range from 8 to 26 weeks.

Where would I work?
Travel nurses are needed all over the United States and work in a wide variety of health care facilities, from those in small communities to large cities. When you speak with a recruiter, give information about the types of assignments, facilities and locations that interest you most.

Is the scheduling and pay different?
For travel nurses who work full time in eight- or 10-hour shifts, a 40-hour work week is considered normal. If you plan to work 12-hour shifts, you can expect a 36-hour work week. Travel nurses earn competitive wages, generally $22 to $40 per hour, although rates depend on your location and specialty.

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