What is a Travel Nurse?
Sounds like a simple question – we all know the definition of a travel nurse: A travel nurse is a nurse who is hired to work in a specific location for a limited amount of time. Travel nurses typically work 13 week periods in one area, and move around the country depending on where they are needed – but what does travel nursing really mean?
Bottom line – what it really means is that sick people are able to get the competent and compassionate care that they deserve. When a hospital or medical facility is understaffed or unable to hire enough nurses there is suffering at many levels. Staffing shortages effect the employed nurses and health care professionals, the reputation and fiscal health of the facility and ultimately the wellbeing of the patients who trusted their health to these institutions.
Staffing shortages place pressure and stress on incumbent employees. They are often mandated to work extra hours and care for additional patients. Overtime this situation creates a negative work environment which can actually increase turn-over at the facility. Obviously if a facility cannot safely care for patients, they cannot accept them – which hurts both the reputation and the budget of the facility. If this continues, people will stop choosing to use that hospital which perpetuates and intensifies the problem. And finally it’s about the patients – staffing shortages can put patients at risk – which is the complete opposite goal of medical facilities and professionals.
So a Travel Nurse is more than just someone who is temporarily assigned to work in a facility – a Travel Nurse is a really a hero and protector. Is this the right job for you?