The perks of being a traveling nurse: Opportunity, adventure await

  • career advice
  • October 10, 2016

The role of the traveling nurse is an essential component of today’s healthcare workforce. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, there will be a shortage of more than a million nurses by 2022. As a result, the demand for traveling nurses is significant and not expected to change anytime soon — hello job security!

For those who are adventurous, enjoy spontaneity and are interested in gaining fresh career experience on a regular basis — here are four big reasons the traveling nurse profession is for you.

Professional growth

If you love to learn, the professional growth only a traveling nurse can gain by working at some of the top U.S. facilities alongside some of the most experienced physicians and nurses is immeasurable. While caring for patients can be rewarding in itself, there are invaluable lessons to learn from exposure to different work environments and cultures. There is opportunity in working with different patient populations, testing out novel technologies and learning some of the most trailblazing procedures not offered at every facility.

Traveling nurses also make a positive impact by helping to alleviate the known burnout that often occurs with permanent nursing staff and by bringing forth fresh ideas and perspectives that can benefit the various facilities and units they visit.

Can’t beat that schedule

Job assignments with Randstad last 13 weeks and encompass a wide array of specialties for your choosing. In some instances, traveling nurses are given the option to renew the job assignment if they would like to stay in one place longer. Facilities have been known to recruit core nurses by way of traveling nurses — both the employer and employee are able to assess whether it is a good fit for both sides.

Moreover, there is spontaneity in being able to indicate when and where you want to work, depending on the availability of shifts and locations. When your assignment ends, you can take as little or as long as you want before starting your next one. Randstad offers assignments involving different specialities in a wide variety of locations, and we’ll work with you to find the position and place that best serves your needs.

Money talks

In addition to being in charge of your own work schedule, the pay is one of the highest in the nursing profession. Because traveling nurses are in high demand, the salary sometimes is higher than that of their full-time nurse colleagues. Medical benefits, retirement and paid housing are often provided and travel expenses are reimbursed.

Location, location, location

Traveling nurses have the opportunity to embark on a new adventure each and every time they take on a new job assignment, at a new facility, in a new city or state. Whether it be the climate, the types of hobbies a place is known for, location near family and friends or simply touring a new town or city — the choice is yours for the making. You may decide on a job assignment in a busy city like San Francisco and then a small country town in the Midwest for the next assignment. How many people can say their career has allowed them to have the opportunity to try out various places before eventually putting down roots somewhere? Not many.

For those who are concerned with becoming homesick or missing the camaraderie of working in one place day in and day out, traveling nurses are able to request to travel with another nurse and select job assignments together. There is the option to at least work in the same hospital and/or city so that you can share an apartment together with someone you know.

Additionally, for the traveling nurse with a spouse and/or children or pets, they are allowed to travel with you in most instances. This is especially good when looking to move to a new area, but would like to check it out first before making a permanent move.

So, what are you waiting for?

Whether it be adventure, the freedom from daily routine or enriching your professional and personal life while having a steady income, the perks of a traveling nurse are incomparable and endless.

Find out the moment traveling nurse positions become available by signing up for Randstad's job alerts. Just tell us your career requirements, and we'll email you when we find an opportunity that's perfect for you.