There are a lot of things, good and bad, that you’ll hear about taking travel nurse positions. But there are a lot of misconceptions out there about what travel nursing is, and isn’t. Before you decide that it’s for you, or that it’s not, it might be good to take a look at several of the common myths that surrounding the travel nurse industry. Here are just 4 things many people believe that could limit their travel nursing career.
- Travel nursing is only for the young. Nursing professionals of all ages and all stages of their careers can take advantage of the travel nurse experience. Employers are looking for all levels of experience and there are great resources for nurses with children or other factors to consider. Travel nursing isn’t just for people with no commitments or ties.
- You have to travel great distances. While there is a lot of excitement about going to distant locals, like Hawaii or Alaska, that isn’t all that travel nursing is about. You can work as close as the next town over on short term projects. You’ll be able to talk with your recruiter to find the right locations for you.
- There are no options for permanent jobs. Many people assume that travel nurse jobs are only for people who want to change positions frequently and move around a lot. But the truth is, like with any temporary position, there may be the possibility. If you like your position, talk with your managers and recruiters about the potential for the future.
- You can’t earn enough while traveling. Many people think that travel nursing doesn’t earn enough money or that all of your salary will have to go toward travel and housing. This may be the most inaccurate myth about the process. Many travel nursing positions pay very well, more than some permanent nursing positions. And most will receive a stipend and travel costs as a part of the process.
Do you want to explore a career as a travel nurse now or in the future? Contact the team at Fortus Healthcare Resources to see how we can help you today.