It’s no secret that we love to travel. We’ve been all over the world with our children and we aren’t digital nomads. We chose jobs who give us generous amounts of paid time off. This allows us to lead a lifestyle that includes family time, travel, and adventure. Once we come home from one place, we get busy planning and saving for our next. We often get asked what job options there are for people who want to travel part-time like us, but go back to a home base.
We’ve looked at many different options for others and one that keeps coming up is travel nursing. Many nurses think that the only way to get decent work is to stay in one place. With travel nursing, not only are more opportunities available, it offers the option to do short stays in one place and see and experience new cities. Travel nurses love the variety and the experience they gain by being flexible to go wherever they are needed. Travel nurse agencies help place healthcare professionals in locations sometimes around the world.
Here are the best reasons to consider travel nursing:
No matter where you go in the world, nurses are needed. Hospitals worldwide need skilled nurses to care for patients. Rural areas often struggle to keep nurses long-term and need people to fill critical roles. Nurses who are willing to travel to these desperate locations get to enjoy the perks of going to new places, and find rewarding work. There are always nursing roles to fill and if you have the credentials and the experience, you can step into one of these positions.
2. CONTINUED EDUCATION ONLINE
For nurses who want to get their BSN or their MSN, there are so many options available. There are online ABSN programs, online MSN programs, and other continuing education courses you can take online. You don’t need to be geographically near a university to get a great education anymore. People who desire a career in travel nursing, can benefit from online courses that help them improve their skill set and gain new credentials. Nurses with a bachelor’s degree have far more opportunities available to them than those who only have an associate’s degree.
3. PAID HOUSING
Many travel nursing agencies pay for housing. Because the new cities nurses go to often have critical, short-term needs, they need a way to house nurses who will work in those locations. They often pay for corporate apartments that are already furnished to ensure nurses have adequate housing for their stay. This saves a significant amount of money because they do not need to pay hefty deposits or short-term rental rates. Additionally, travel nurses don’t usually need to pay their own travel insurance which can also save money.
4. FREEDOM TO TAKE TIME OFF
The pay for travel nurses usually looks better than those who stay in one place. This means that nurses can often save more money while they work a job. Sometimes they can make even more income by doing overtime. When the contract is over, a nurse can easily take on a new one right away or take a month off to do something fun. This is where they can really benefit and travel to see the world. Because they save so much on housing, this gives them more opportunity to maintain a part-time travel lifestyle.
5. REWARDING WORK
Nurses are an amazing group of people. Their capacity for compassion and care is huge. Being able to care for another while they are sick or recovering from surgery is honorable work. Many nurses take on lower paying jobs just because they love the work. They could choose any other line of work, but they choose nursing instead. Doctors get a lot of attention, but here’s to the nurses who care for patients 24/7.
Travel nursing provides many opportunities to travel for work, but to also travel when you’re not working. With many contracts you can take a break in between assignments to go and do whatever you want. See the world, explore new places, and travel as much as you desire. There are no longer any big barriers keeping you from seeing the world. We know.