are in-demand in Americanowadays. They are nurses who accept short term assignments from various
hospitals located in different states of America. There are a lot of perks
from being a travel nurse such as high salary, allowances, free travel, and
free housing with paid utilities, free health, dental and life insurance for
the family, 401(k) retirement plans, and others
nursing became a trend because of the extreme nursing shortage. Hospitals need to
share their nurses to other institutions by offering not full time but short
This kind of
job though is ideal for single nurses who love adventure.It will be very difficult for a married nurse
to take on this kind of job because it requires moving a lot and so will mean
long time to be away from their families.
travel nursing presents another great opportunity for nurses, many of them
still feel that they fail to make the most out of this field. Usual
complaints made by travel nurses include dissatisfaction with the assignments
given and a lack of effort from agencies helping them. These concerns are
somehow expected because the success of a travel nurse should not be solely
dependent on external factors. They must also do their part to succeed in this field.
Travel nurses who get the best assignment are the ones who get themselves
involved in the placement process and do not solely depend on the placement
agencies. A way of
ensuring yourself some of the best assignments is by taking your career to the
next level. For example aMasters in Nursing Degreewill not only prepare you for all
circumstances in the field, but is a great foundation if you were to ever want
to start your own nursing placement agency.
Prepare Everything. Flaunt your qualifications by
being ready with all the necessary requirements and documents that prove your
competence. Placement agencies would always require your nursing licenses and
certifications of your work experiences in hospitals or any other medical
institutions. It is important that you verify all the documents you will
submit. The ones with complete requirements are usually given the best
probably would prefer being assigned in a rural area than in a big city. Or you
would like to work in a small hospital rather than the large ones. The
preferences in given assignments vary per travel nurses and placement agencies
would be clueless about it unless you let them know. Let the placement agencies
know about your desired conditions so they will know what projects to give
you.It is also important that you
inquire the details of various assignments available.
Do your research. Ask all questions you may have
about a particular assignment before accepting it especially about pay rates so
you are not caught off guard. You may be lured by an exceptionally high salary
but will be surprise to learn that it would mean working in a hospital with
poor facilities and low nurse to patient ratio.
Be Aware. There was a time when travel
nurses accept assignment armed with nothing but a verbal agreement. This should
not be because a work contract is a must. You should always request a contract
in every assignment that you accept. Take time to read it thoroughly and make sure
you understand all its details before signing.