6 Reasons to Become a Traveling Nurse

Do you find yourself passionate about your healthcare career but dreaming of foreign lands? If so, you may be seeking a career as a traveling nurse. Whether you choose long-term travel with nursing or simply a change of scenery for a short time, you are sure to enjoy a job as a travel nurse. Included here are a few of the many benefits you will reap if you choose this career path.

Temporary Placements

No need to worry about getting stuck in one country forever. Travel nurses are often treated as supplemental help or “temps.” You will be placed in an area to aid in relief for a period of time from four weeks to a year, although 13 weeks is the most common. If you do find contentment in your placement, it is common to be offered a job at the end of your time there.


Help Understaffed Clinics

You understand better than anyone how draining the healthcare industry can become. Especially when you are left with an overwhelming amount of patients and no relief for the foreseeable future. Traveling nurses are often the “light at the end of the tunnel” for understaffed clinics and can provide fresh perspective, help and new energy to those in need.

Choose Your Own Adventure

You are not left to the hands of fate when deciding where to work. You will be able to choose countries and locations that you long to visit for your placement. Being a traveling nurse is a fantastic way to see the world while pursuing your passion and making money. Thanks to the accessibility of the internet, you will have many options to stay in touch with family while across the globe.


Housing and Stipend

When working as a traveling nurse you will reap the benefits of free housing in whatever country you choose to visit. You will also be provided a stipend so you are basically getting paid to travel; you still have to work, but all of your recreational hours can be spent getting to know a new country.

Great Salary and Experience

The average annual salary for a traveling nurse is nearly $80K. You will make good money while being offered the opportunity to see other countries and gain experience. A whopping 97.7% of traveling nurses would recommend the experience to colleagues.

Fast Response

In as little as 3-6 months from your burgeoning interest, you can find yourself placed in a traveling nursing assignment. You will need to fill out an application, interview facilities, accept assignment, prove licensure, complete a drug screening and you will be on your way to your placement. If you find yourself stuck in a rut and not sure what direction you want your life to take, accepting a placement as a traveling nurse can open countless doors to you while increasing your overall happiness.

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