Did you know that in order to solve the talent shortage in the U.S. nursing industry, our nation must graduate 90 percent more nurses?
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To fill the gap, temporary travel nurses step in. This mobile and flexible workforce is a viable, cost-effective solution to staffing needs — picking up extra shifts and shoring up understaffed units in hospitals nationwide.
Not only are temporary travel nurses just as qualified, educated and adept as their permanent nurse counterparts, it is also an exciting and challenging career for many healthcare professionals.
Below are the top four reasons why travel nursing is a great career.
Reason #1: It Can Be a Working Vacation
Many travel nurses choose this career as a way to travel and see the country while earning a steady income. Whether you’re an empty-nester nearing retirement, or early in your career and not ready to settle in one place, travel nursing is a great way to tour the US while getting paid to do it.
Reason #2: Greater Flexibility
Temporary nurses have greater ability to choose when and where they work. Not only are you able to choose the location of your assignments, but also the dates of your assignment. As a traveler, you can schedule to start and end assignments in time to attend some of life’s best events, such as high school reunions, weddings, and family vacations without having to schedule time off with the hospital.
Reason #3: Boost Your Resume
Travel nursing gives you the opportunity to work in a variety of clinical settings, from more rural medical centers to large, prestigious teaching hospitals. On each assignment you are able to work alongside a new group of physicians and healthcare professionals that may be leaders in their field of specialty, and learn new techniques, technology, and processes that will help advance your career.
Reason #4: Less Time for Office Politics
Travel nurses tend to become less involved in hospital politics and management while on assignment. If the environment is not the right fit, or the politics are too much to handle, in a few weeks the assignment will be over and you will be off to the next assignment. And while in some industries job hopping may be seen as a negative, for travel nurses, this shows adaptability, experience, and an ability to walk into an assignment ready to hit the floor with little to no training.