Being a Traveling Nurse or Allied Health professional these days has proven to be a lucrative alternative to a permanent position within many healthcare facilities. Many choose to leave their staff positions to become a traveling healthcare professional due to the slowing economy and the continuing repercussions of 9/11. As pay has plateaued for many staff RNs, many of them are now choosing to leave and become a traveling nurse. Many cite reasons for leaving other than pay, such as, flexibility and the opportunity to learn about new advancements in medical technology. Others stated leaving their permanent position to deal with less hospital politics and for the excitement of discovering places they’ve never been and meeting fresh faces. If I were a nurse, this is certainly the route I would choose. I have no commitments other than my cat (many agencies will accommodate for pets) and I’m single and love to discover new places. Those things would not be afforded to some without being a traveling nurse, so to me, it’s a no brainer when choosing to be a traveler.
There is however the other side. Some may not have the luxury of choice and like any job, it is not for everyone. Many are not able to travel as a result of family or other priorities. Like I mentioned earlier, the state of the economy is a major factor in the swing of appeal, or lack thereof. Some staff nurses are now having to pick up other shifts because their partners have lost a job or received pay cuts due to budget restraints. There is a plus side to this though, some of the hospitals experiencing the upswing in nurses wanting shifts is no longer experiencing a shortage… at least until the economy picks up again. When do you see the economy bouncing back?
As traveling nursing becomes more appealing to talented and experienced staff nurses, many hospitals will turn to traveling healthcare agencies such as Medical Solutions. Take the time to weigh your options and make sure you are prepared to become a traveler. You can learn more about what it takes to do so by reading the many other posts here at TravelNursingBlogs.com.