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The Benefits of Being a Travel Nurse

The Benefits of Being a Travel Nurse

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So you are debating whether to become a Travel Nurse and you are curious to know some of the benefits. Here is a brief list covering most of the benefits you can expect:

Travel

One of the better travel nurse benefits is the ability to pick assignments all over the country. After all it is called Travel Nursing. If you were an avid backpacker and hiker you might actually take an assignment in a remote community famous for its backpacking trails. Or if you just can’t get enough of theme parks you might accept an assignment in Orlando so that you can visit Disney World every time you have some time off.

Flexible

Travel contracts range anywhere from 4 weeks to 52 weeks. The average contract is 13 weeks. Work 13 weeks, take a month off…Or not. That’s the beauty of this job- You really do have the freedom to decide when and where you work.

Bonuses

Now this really varies per contract; From our research we have concluded that the average bonus for an a contract of 13 weeks is around $1000-$1500. In contrast to the average, some contracts have no bonuses, and others can range anywhere from $500-8000. With bonuses in this industry it is really very circumstantial so make sure you have your business cap on when negotiating a contract. Usually bonuses are given upon assignment completion but sometimes you get a portion of the money up-front.

Pay

Specialty Nurses can ask for and receive top pay rates including double time for overtime. Average rates of pay for a Traveling nurse are $25 – $40 per hour. Overtime rates can be time and a half to double time.

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    ok1ok

    about 3 years ago

    8 comments

    I want to travel and I want adventures and all sorts of new exiting things. I'm considering being a travel nurse but I need to think more about it. I would love to work and travel as my goal is to travel the world. Just last week I was away and stayed at Savannah hotels and I loved it. I love hotels, I love the attention and I love the opportunities.

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    afterwop

    about 3 years ago

    58 comments

    I love to travel, I like freedom and adventure, that's why I'm thinking about working in Alaska as a travel nurse. My husband lived there for a year, he worked in luggage shipping and he loved it because of the people, the beautiful views, and all of the fun stuff to do. I already contacted mt new hospital and it is a wonderful facility and the other nurses seem really nice to work with.

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    marina_dilbone1

    over 3 years ago

    26 comments

    Have been traveling locally and nationally for about 3 and a half years-have found most assignments rewarding- in ICU,CVICU and telemetry-some issues with hotel last time so have apartment this time for local assignment-less pay in my pocket but worth the peace-you do have to ask questions in interview-re schedule,staffing ratio etc-I enjoy it-most of the time it has been a blessing

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    Account Removed

    about 5 years ago

    I've known people that had positive experiences with this. I've known just as many that haven't. I was one of the "not so fortunate ones". I've traveled for two different travel companies - I had only one assignment with each. After the experiences, I will will not consider traveling again. Please be forwarned: the travel agency recruiters are doing a job for the companies that hire them/need the staff. They say they are there for you (their employee) but, if push come to shove, you will be the one left hanging out to dry.
    Foundation Medical Staffing ask me to help them out with a difficult assignment that we both knew was one I didn't really want, but I was also told they didn't really have what I wanted at the time, & I could get out of the other assignment in a month & they just knew something would be available then. I did it. There wasn't an assignment available that I wanted when I was done...& my recruiter was off getting married & the recruiter covering her didn't sound very interested in "my" problem. I contacted another agency called NursesRx (under AMN), got the kind of assignment I was looking for & drove straight into "he__". The situation was beyond belief, to the point that one traveler that had been there awhile got JHACO involved & another of the travelers that got there a week earlier than me ended up giving two weeks notice with a month. Now, did NursesRx/AMN know there were problems there? Being a novice at the whole travel thing, I guess I never thought I'd be put in a situation that could, potentially, endanger my license/livelihood & didn't know the right questions to ask (plus, being a tad more "chronologically mature", I wasn't use to the whole "interview the interviewer" type thing).
    If you're even considering travel, be sure to find out anything/everything you can - don't take it for granted that what you read in the paperwork answers your questions - make sure they do by asking those same questions of the recruiter - also, make sure you get any "revisions" to a contract sent to you (by email or however) before you sign cuz there's no such thing as a verbal agreement (like the one I had concerning payment on something I didn't know I'd need until I got to the place I was going to work - which, by the way, was not the place "advertised" on the website). I'm the one that got the short end of the stick (in more ways than one) - these two travel companies are going on like nothing happened/they didn't do anything out of line. BEWARE!!

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    casassy62688

    about 6 years ago

    290 comments

    I never really thought of becoming a travel nurse. My only thing is what if I'm ready to settle down and stop traveling....do the agencies let you stop when your ready? I think I might look into this a little more, it might be a good experiance for when I get my RN and am ready to set out on my own!

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    Tacqua

    about 6 years ago

    260 comments

    Yep, I am going to be a Travel Nurse. I am 45 yrs old, no babies and it is time for me to do my thing.

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    LPN2GO

    about 6 years ago

    22 comments

    I HAVE BEEN AN LPN TRAVEL NURSE FOR 11 OF MY 13 YEARS AND I CAN'T IMAGINE BEING ANYTHING ELSE. HAVE KIDS TAKE THEM WITH YOU, I DID.

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    EvangelisticSistah

    over 6 years ago

    88 comments

    Sounds lovely. I like to travel...I may just have to look into this once I finish school (whenever that will be).

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