Want to begin travel nursing but not sure if you should go staff instead? Please consider the below reasons to choose travel nursing!
Staff Meetings – Travel nurses arent under the same obligation to attend staff meetings. They can avoid the inevitable hospital politics and receive the updates via email.
Vacation Time – As a staff nurse, you can request for vacation days to be off up to a year in advance, but sometimes they are approved with relatively short notice. As a travel nurse, you can have a week vacation written out in your contract so you will not have to worry about getting the approvals.
PTO – When you are a travel nurse, you can take vacations without having to get approvals from your boss. Some nurses take months off in between contracts! They can take an extended break or plan contracts around the holidays so that they are able to be with their families.
Meals and Housing – A staff nurse knows how taxes can take a huge chunk of your paycheck. As a travel nurse, you are eligible for non taxed stipends that help you pay for housing, meals and other incidentals. These stipends make up a large portion of your paycheck – and they are not taxed, putting more money in your pocket.
Negotiation – Staff nurses are unable to negotiate pay. Pay is generally based on years of experience or nursing level. Travel nurses have the ability to negotiate pay packages that are higher than a majority of staff nurses, even ones with more experience. Travel nurses have the ability to earn well over $100K a year.
Friendships – One of the best perks of travel nursing is all of the friendships you make along the way. Being new in town, you are always introducing yourself. It may take some time to weave your way into their work culture but once you do you can build lasting friendships with people across the country.