Ask a Travel Nurse Question:
Hello, I’m a fairly new Travel Nurse and have a lot of questions. Mainly right now I’m wondering: When should I sign my next Travel Nursing contract? My contract date is coming to a close and I’ve been offered a few jobs that are just OK. If I hold out longer, say like two weeks from my contract end date, will I regret it or will more immediate need or higher paying jobs pop up?
Ask a Travel Nurse Answer:
Let me take a look into my crystal ball, or at least, my Magic 8 ball to try to find that answer 😉
Sorry to joke, but I have no idea what contracts you may be offered in the future. Neither does anyone else. That’s part of what makes Travel Nursing so unpredictable.
You can only weigh your present options and priorities and do what is best for you. In 20 years, I have only taken one assignment because I needed to in order to pay the bills. Otherwise, I had an idea where I wanted to go, and then three or four other options should my first not pan out.
I usually start looking (if I know I am not going to extend), about a month out from my end date. If I can’t find anything, then I have asked my current facility if they would extend me a few weeks or a month, rather than an entire contract (which of course depends on their ongoing needs and willingness to do a shorter extension).
I have also enlisted the help of one or two companies when first looking, but then, if it’s crunch time, I have contacted as many as five recruiters at different companies, told them where I wanted to go, and then said, “Whomever gets me something first, wins.”
If you do not find anything, then the option to go home, visit family and friends, and work local registry or agency is always a possibility.
While I can’t predict the future, hopefully I’ve given you a few options to consider 🙂