You may have been considering travel nursing for some time, but shy away when you hear other’s concerns or circulating rumors about the profession. While many of these concerns were valid in the inception of travel nursing, many things have changed since then… or rather nurses have found ways to deal with them. So, let’s dive in and debunk some of those misconceptions.
Misconception: I’m too old to start traveling.
Truth: Many travel RNs are in their late 40s to late 50s and have A LOT of nurse experience. This experience makes them an ideal candidate for traveling- they have the confidence that’s needed to step in and help out right away without training.
Also, these older nurses find that traveling gives them the benefit of traveling the country like they had always wanted, without retiring. Sharing their assignments with their retired significant other or taking their older children on vacation is also a plus. And, it’s a breath of fresh air away from their perm position they’ve have the last 20 years.
Misconception: I have to move every 13 weeks.
Truth: While most assignments are 13 weeks in duration, if they have the option, many nurses opt to extend their assignment another 13 weeks and sometimes more. This option is really favored and beneficial to the travel nurse, the hospital and the travel nursing company.
Misconception: I have to be away from my family and friends for long periods of time.
Truth: This doesn’t have to be true. Many nurses take assignments within driving distance to their homes, and thankfully with the 3-4 day off schedule, it leaves them plenty of time to get home and back.
However, for tax purposes and hospital policies, you cannot take a travel nurse assignment and drive home every night. You must stay overnight in the city of the assignment to qualify for travel nurse benefits or sometimes even apply for the position. While the “50 mile rule” is a myth for tax purposes, some hospitals may have their own rules.
Stay tuned for more travel nursing misconceptions this week.