Travel Nursing Jobs - Options
A Travel Nurse works in conjunction with a Travel Nursing Company or Agency on assignments across the nation. The Travel Nurse Agency works as a Recruitment agency coordinating the assignments and organizing the accommodation for their clients who are qualified Registered Nurses seeking Travel Nurse Employment. Some Travel Nurse Agencies specialize in worldwide assignments.
A qualified nurse who works as a Travel Nurse carries out the duties that they are licensed to do by the state in which they work. Often additional examinations have to be passed before working in a new state. The Travel Nurse Agency may provide assistance, education and even an exam allowance to assist the Travel Nurse in passing these examinations.
The duties of a Travel Nurse regardless of specialization are as follows:
- Providing healthcare to sick or injured patients.
- Teaching patients and their families about medical conditions.
- Educating patients on post-treatment and home care needs.
- Providing advice and support (both medical and emotional) to the families of the patient.
- Analyzing the results of diagnostic tests.
- Operating specialist medical equipment.
- Taking a record of a patients symptoms and medical history.
- Performing diagnostic tests.
- Administering medication and treatments.
- Patient follow-up and rehabilitation support.
In hospitals, Travel Nurses are typically assigned to work in one area such as ICU, surgery, maternity, pediatrics, emergency, or oncology, but sometimes Travel Nurses are required to rotate among departments. The State laws govern the tasks that all Nurses perform, but a nurses daily job is dependant on where they work.
The majority of all Travel Nurses work in Hospitals but Travel Nurses can also work in different environments such as: Private Practices, Private Homes, Physicians' Offices, Clinics, Emergency Medical Centers, Government and Private Agencies, Schools, Retirement Communities, Rehabilitation Centers, Nursing Homes, Hospices, Nursing Schools, Insurance Companies, Pharmaceutical Companies, Biotech Companies and International Service Organizations.
A Nurse of any specialty can become a Travel Nurse. All of the following nursing specialties are in constant demand for Travel Nursing:
- Advance Practice Nurse.
- Nurse Anesthetist.
- Critical Care Nurse.
- Licensed Practical Nurse.
- Licensed Vocational Nurse.
- Radiology Nurse.
- Registered Nurse.
- Rehabilitation Nurse.
- Nurse Practitioner.
- Occupational Health Nurse.
- Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.
Benefits of Travel Nursing: Working as a Travel Nurse allows you to travel while gaining invaluable experience of working in top healthcare institutions. You will have the opportunity to work with top professionals and advance your career at the same time. You also have the job security of being in full time employment. There are many additional benefits to working as a Travel Nurse, some of which are detailed below:
- Great opportunity to travel while gaining great experience and working with professionals.
- Excellent salaries available.
- Travel Nurses are in permanent employment and are entitled to all relevant paid leave, insurance and retirement benefits.
- Experience can be gained working on assignments in different healthcare settings.
- Travel Nurses can choose to stay close to home or travel to far away states.
- Travel Nurse Agencies work to find suitable assignments for their travel nurses.
- By working in various settings you will learn where you wish to specialize.
- Ability to take time out and focus on other non working commitments.
- Access to professional advice in relation to training and development.
Travel Nurse Salary: When working as a Travel Nurse, you work to fill shortages in nursing in times of demand. As a result, Travel Nurses are compensated well, often earning far more than they would in regular employment. The earning potential of a Travel Nurse depends greatly on Experience, Location and Specialty. Standard pay is usually from $25 to $40 per hour plus accommodation. In times of high demand, hospitals can often pay more.
Experience: The more experience you have as a Travel Nurse, the more responsibility you will have. When a Hospital is looking for a travel nurse they specify a minimum number of years experience. Due to the short duration of most Travel Nurse Contracts, hospitals tend to look for Travel Nurses with many years of relevant experience. Highly experienced Travel Nurses are compensated accordingly.
Location: As the cost of living is higher in urbanized areas like New York and Chicago, a travel nurse will earn more working in these areas than he/she would in more sparsely populated rural towns.
Specialty: Sometimes due to Natural Disasters and Outbreaks of disease, certain Travel Nurse specialties are in high demand. During these critical shortages Hospitals and other healthcare facilities are willing to pay over the odds for a qualified Travel Nurses.
Housing & Relocation: When you are working on far away assignments, your Travel Nurse Agency will be responsible for providing you with appropriate housing and relocation assistance. Many Agencies offer Travel Nurses a good choice of accommodation close to the Hospital where the assignment is due to take place. Other Travel Nurse Agencies offer an accommodation allowance so you can make your own living arrangements. If making your own living arrangements you will need to arrive several days ahead of your assignment to find appropriate accommodation. For shorter assignments it is often better to leave these arrangements to the Travel Nurse Agency.
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