Have you been struggling in your nursing career? Are you frustrated by your employer or your inability to find the right job for you in your hometown? If you have any frustrations, from coworkers to commute, maybe the answer lies in a very different solution. You may want to try out travel nursing. A travel nurse has the ability to experience different states and cultures. And you can help yourself break out of a career rut by partnering with an agency that places nurses all around the U.S. and sometimes beyond. Here’s how you can become a travel nurse.
What is Travel Nursing?
Travel nurses are able to work all around the country, and even the world, in new environments. From hospitals to more exotic locations, like cruise ships, travel nurses have a lot of control over their workplace. There are general practice and specialized jobs available, depending on your interest and experience. When you work as a travel nurse, you partner with an agency who will help you with the placement and any necessary support while you’re on the job.
The average starting salary for a travel nurse in the U.S. is $92,000 annually. Compare that to the average RN starting salary at $53,000, and you can see why travel nursing is so enticing. The exact rate of pay will depend on the location where you’ll be working, the agency that placed you, and your specific skills or specializations.
Along with your salary and potential bonuses, services who staff travel nurses may offer more benefits, such as travel insurance or dental coverage. You may also qualify for a per diem for housing or meals. Plus, don’t forget that you have the ability to live and work in a new city for each of your assignments.
If you’re not happy in your current nursing job, it’s quite possible that a change of scenery can help you refocus on your career. Experience new things, try new foods, meet new people. And you can do this by applying the skills you already have to a travel nursing position.
Do you want to find a great travel nurse opportunity? Call Fortus Healthcare Resources today.