Travel nursing can be an incredible adventure for nurses with all types of experience, background, and career goals. You may have considered travel nursing in the past, but common travel nursing myths keep you from pursuing this exciting career path. Despite the many misconceptions associated with travel nursing, be sure to get the facts and evaluate all of your options.
Five Common Travel Nursing Myths to Forget...Today
Myth 1: Travel nursing means I have to be away from my friends and family.
You can take a travel nursing assignment that is only 1-2 hours away from your home and request shifts that will allow you to take 2-3 days off at a time so you can travel back home weekly. For example, there may be an opportunity for you to take three consecutive 12-hour shifts, giving you the flexibility to travel back home for the remainder of the week to be with your family.
Myth 2: It’s too difficult to bring my family on a travel assignment.
Many travel nurses opt to bring their spouses and children with them on assignments, planning travel assignments as long-term vacations. If your spouse has a job with mobility or is retired, a travel assignment can be a great opportunity to explore a new part of the country together. If you have school-aged children, you can always plan a travel assignment during the summer vacation months or make arrangements to have your children homeschooled.
Myth 3: I can’t bring my pet on a travel nursing assignment.
Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Most recruiting agencies work with properties that allow pets. Just make sure to let your recruiter know ahead of time that you’re seeking a pet-friendly home so proper arrangements can be made!
Myth 4: I’m too old to be a travel nurse.
Though many travel nurses are in their 20s and 30s, travel nursing is for nurses of all ages! In fact, travel nursing provides ideal opportunities for nurses in their 50s or 60s who want to travel and earn an income on the road. Also, many older nurses are great fits for travel nursing because they have the experience and background to adapt quickly to new healthcare settings and train younger nurses in their unit.
Myth 5: Travel nursing does not provide a reliable income.
Though travel nursing assignments are not permanent full-time positions, they can provide very competitive salaries. Depending on what locations you choose and how carefully you handle your personal finances, a travel nursing assignment can provide a very comfortable income while giving you the opportunity to explore a new city. Plus, many travel nurses are able to receive free housing, travel reimbursement, per diem allowances and bonuses that help supplement their incomes.
Don’t let common myths about travel nursing deter you from an amazing travel experience! Contact the professional talent acquisition specialists at Cross Country Nurses and learn about new opportunities today.