There are some nurses who have heard of travel nursing and wish they could do it, but they have a few preconceived notions about what travel nursing is and are afraid to try it. It is for them that I would like to de-bunk a couple of myths.
- I have pets, I can’t travel! You absolutely can bring your pet! Make sure you mention that you will be traveling with your pet so that your recruiter is aware of what housing package you will need.
- I don’t want to move every 13 weeks. Most travel assignments generally do last 13 weeks, but they can last longer. Also, most travel nurses and facilities extend the assignments at least once – sometimes twice! If you want to leave the facility after 13 weeks your recruiter can try to find you a new hospital near where you are already staying!
- Travel Nursing is only for young nurses. A lot of nurses who decide to start traveling usually have plenty of experience. With this comes a confidence that only occurs after years of nursing! Some nurses find that traveling later in their career allows them benefits like taking along a retired spouse to explore new areas. Also, another benefit is that at this stage their kids are already out of the house, so they can tour the country catching up with relatives and friends.
- I don’t want to be away from my friends and family. Some travel assignments can be close enough to home so that you can work your three day stretch in a row and go back home! If this is something that you would be interested in, make sure your recruiter knows that you will need consecutive shifts so that you can still go home and enjoy your family on your days off.
- Jumping from assignment to assignment doesn’t look good on my resume. Travel nursing provides you with a broad horizon of different facilities. With this comes different experiences – ranging from hospital size, patient ratio and computer charting systems. These things boost your resume and experience and also show that you can adapt quickly and hit the ground running.