Travel Nurse

Written by Jill Morrison
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A travel nurse is contracted through an agency and travels to different locations to work on short-term assignments. This job is great for nurses who enjoy variety in their work experience and who also enjoy traveling. There are some concerns involved with working short term. However, there are many benefits as well, including job flexibility, independent working, opportunity to travel, and great pay and benefits.

Travel Nurse Positions Benefits

A travel nurse position is especially desirable because the pay scale is above average for nurses. There are also many great benefits involved with accepting the position. For instance, most travel nursing agencies provide health and dental insurance, and workers compensation. Some agencies also offer 401 Ks or other retirement plan options.

The largest concern in becoming a travel nurse is the relocation aspect of the position. Many are worried about the expense of relocating and the difficulty of moving furniture and belongings with each travel assignment. Agencies provide a great solution to this concern: housing is usually free, and nurses can be provided with furnished housing so moving is not a hassle. Sometimes, agencies will provide nurses with a housing allowance so they can choose their own housing location. In addition to paying for housing, many agencies will pay for travel expenses in relocating.

Travel nursing is the solution in saving hospitals and health care clinics from the current nursing shortage. Most of the travel nursing positions are available where nurses are urgently needed. The position is very fulfilling because these nurses are greatly appreciated for helping out. The position also gives nurses a chance to experience a variety of health care situations, to frequently meet new people, and to travel to various locations of interest.

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