3 Reasons to Consider Becoming a Travel Nurse
Here are just a few reasons to consider becoming a travel nurse.
1. Expand your skills and knowledge base.
Travel nursing makes nurses better nurses. No matter where you work you’ll be exposed to different ways of looking at nursing practice and you’ll acquire new skills and knowledge.
As a travel nurse, you’ll have access to a variety of assignments around the country, from small rural hospitals with only a few beds, where you’ll be a jack-of-all-trades, to large urban teaching centers, where you can specialize in the nursing area of your choice.
Each experience helps you grow as a nurse: At one hospital, for example, you could be learning the latest technique in negative-pressure wound therapy; at another, you could be mentoring staff nurses unfamiliar with this technique.
2. Take control of your career.
Feel as if you’re stagnating in your present position? Tired of the hospital politics? Travel nursing may be the perfect opportunity for you to get a needed change of scenery, literally. You’re in the driver’s seat as a travel nurse: You have the freedom to decide what you want your next assignment to be.
The trick is to shop around for the atmosphere that you want. Perhaps you’d like to gain experience working with sophisticated, high-tech monitoring equipment or exposure to advanced, cutting-edge procedures your current position can’t offer. Or maybe you’re attracted to the slower pace and greater patient contact that a smaller hospital could offer.
The most important relationship you can develop as a travel nurse is with your recruiter because a good recruiter can tailor your assignments to meet your professional goals and personal preferences.