Travel Nursing Careers - Advantages
Working as a Travel Nurse: A Travel Nurse works in conjunction with a Travel Nursing Company or Agency on short term assignments in different states throughout the nation, to alleviate staff shortages. It is important as a Travel Nurse to ensure that the agency you choose to work with, has an excellent track record in placing Nurses of your specialization in good assignments. It is also important to compare Travel Nurse Agencies with each other and weigh up the pros and cons of each to see which agency best suits your needs. Ask the Agency what they offer in terms of benefits and pay, and what type of accommodation is provided for far away assignments.
When a qualified nurse signs up with a Travel Nursing Company, the agency is responsible for finding suitable assignments for the travel nurse. The majority of Travel Nursing assignments last for 13 weeks but some can continue much longer. Some travel nurses even take on full time employment after an assignment that they have really enjoyed.
Below is a list of questions that you should ask your agency before committing to work for them:
- Do they have a good track record of placing nurses?
- Do they have contracts with many hospitals?
- What benefits do they offer in terms of Insurance, Accommodation, Travel expenses?
- Do they have a contract with a hospital in the area where you wish to work?
- What is the standard rate of pay?
- Do they offer overtime?
- How many hours per week will you be expected to work?
- Do they have many placements for Nurses with your Specializations?
- Is there an advisor employed by the agency to provide information on the relevant licensure exams you must pass to work in certain states?
- Do they provide education and training assistance to Nurses who need to pass licensure examinations?
Travel Nursing is an excellent way to gain extensive experience by working in different healthcare settings. Many Travel Nurses continue with their studies and choose a specialization based on the experience they have gained while working as a Travel Nurse. There is however a possibility that you may go without work for several weeks, so you need to be flexible in the assignments you take. Below is a list of the advantages and disadvantages of Travel Nursing.
Advantages of Travel Nursing:
- Excellent experience can be gained by working in different healthcare environments.
- Regular Work, provided you are flexible.
- Great opportunities to travel gaining great experience and meeting new people.
- Unlike a self employed Per Diem Nurse, you are a full time employee of the Agency so you are entitled to statutory paid leave, insurance and retirement benefits.
- You can choose when and where to work.
- You have the ability to take time out when unable to work.
- You have access to professional advice in relation to training and development.
Disadvantages of Contract Work:
- Short term contracts.
- Need to take assignments that the Agency offers or else you may not be placed again.
- When travelling, you need to be commitment free and available to take an assignment at short notice.
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