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4 Reasons You’ll Get Hooked on Travel Nursing

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With so many awesome locations, it's easy to get hooked on Travel Nursing!

With so many awesome locations, it’s easy to get hooked on Travel Nursing!

Calling all adventure addicts and adrenaline junkies! Travel Nursing provides a very inviting lifestyle and lots of professional opportunities. It’s so great that many nurses get hooked on travel nursing and never look back.

Here are 4 reasons you’ll get hooked on Travel Nursing:

Adventure

Whether it’s trying out a popular new restaurant in Phoenix or hiking the Grand Canyon, taking in a pro sports game in Denver or kayaking a mountain lake, Travel Nurses have access to all kinds of adventures. First, your assignments themselves may sometimes be an adventure, as you get to check out new hospitals and meet new co-workers. But you’ll also have all of your free time on an assignment to adventure around the area surrounding your facility. Many nurses strategically choose locations based upon cities and/or areas of the country they want to explore … which brings us to the next reason you’ll get hooked on Travel Nursing.

Freedom

Travel Nurses enjoy so much freedom and flexibility. As a Traveler you really have the freedom to craft your healthcare career to be exactly what you want. Additionally, they also have the freedom to choose where they want to be and when they want to be there. Say you like to ski, find an assignment in Colorado for the ski season. Say you hate winter, go ahead and find an assignment that allows you to “fly south” for the winter.

Change

If you’re the type that likes to keep things exciting Travel Nursing offers all kinds of opportunities for change. Changing assignments and locations at your own chosen pace allows you to always keep things fresh! The change you experience moving between different facilities will strengthen your skills, which brings us to …

Professional Growth

Working as a Travel Nurse allows you to grow so much as a nurse and is fantastic for your resume. Traveling lets you witness many different hospitals’ approaches to patient care and serve a variety of patient demographics firsthand. Traveling makes you a much stronger nurse, simply because you have more variety in your professional experiences and Travelers must practice jumping right in and thinking on their feet. Also, when someone with hiring power at a hospital sees Travel Nursing on a resume it automatically tells them that you are highly skilled, flexible, dependable, and have experience in a variety of clinical settings.

Of course, these are just 4 reasons you’ll get hooked on Travel Nursing — there are so many more. Let us know in the comments what got you hooked on traveling!

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About the Author:

Hi, I'm Sarah Wengert, a creative content writer for the amazing Medical Solutions based in Omaha, Nebraska. While I'm not a travel nurse, I love to travel and I truly appreciate the hard, important work that nurses do. I'm very happy to represent a company that cares so much about its people. Thanks for reading!

8 Comments on "4 Reasons You’ll Get Hooked on Travel Nursing"

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  1. Although, Travel Nurses are playing a vital role in stabilizing nurse’s demand and supply and shortages, there are still certain disadvantages tagging travel nursing including work overload and extended hours of working, limited stability, relationship problems, loneliness, wrong assignments and facility owners, lack of benefits, and lack of expertise due to temporary jobs.

  2. Sarah Wengert says:

    Of course, just like anything else, Travel Nursing is not going to be the right fit for every nurse. But that shouldn’t take away from how awesome it can be for so many others. As you mention, Sabrina, it does play a hugely important role in combatting nurse shortages and, in turn, nurse burnout — which is a positive for nurses and begets quality patient care. Personal problems can occur anywhere, of course, and you could get a “wrong” perm job, just as easily as you could get a travel assignment that doesn’t fit perfectly — only you could be done after 13 weeks in the travel scenario. Travel Nurses work within a specialty and still build their expertise, plus flexibility and a wider scope of nursing experience. Also, the better companies offer benefits and even discounts. Like any other profession, shopping around for the right fit and doing what’s best for you is essential to happiness!

  3. YogaNurse says:

    Sarah, I love your fun, upbeat and positive stance on nurses getting hooked on something that uplifts their nursing careers. If I was younger, ha, I would for sure go for some exotic traveling. Nurses have so many choices. Best!

  4. Love this, Sarah! Totally love the positive spin. As I read it, I thought to myself, ‘these are the very things I am hooked on’. Fun, freedom, change, independence, joy. My core values. So maybe we can look at addiction, not as a negative thing, but as something that helps us grow. Thank you so much for this uplifting post! Love it.

  5. Dawn Nix says:

    just like +Elizabeth Scala says, i like some of the descriptions that fit a #nurse: stronger, variety, adventure, craft… i haven’t traveled as a nurse but i can remind myself of all these values as i work every day!

  6. Kevin Ross says:

    I’ve met quite a few travel nurses that used this opportunity to find their new “home base.” There aren’t too many professions out there that allow an individual to pursue these types of opportunities with the same level of variety, depth, and experience to fill such an important role.

  7. KatieEvans says:

    Some of the blogs listed are active and continually updated. Some have not been updated for sometime, however, they contain archived posts that may be beneficial to read so we continue to link to those blogs.

  8. susan says:

    first travel assignment was awesome!! always wanted to live on a lake and take nightly walks along the beach; traveling made that happen. Bought the lie for many years that you are never good enough, worked years at facilities that treated me like scum and never acknowledged me for the hard work that I did. You come into an assignment and they welcome you since you are bailing them out due to their staff shortages (i.e. medical and maternity leave, vacations, etc.). You dont get involved in the politics of the place (AMEN to that) and just do your job with passion and purpose. Wish I had done this years ago, to all of my fellow colleagues out there; what you do does matter and dont let these mamagers make you believe that what you do doesnt count. We as seasoned nurses know the truth; we get the feedback from our patients and families, we know that we provide a unique service and I feel honored and blessed to be in this profession. If you are feeling burned out, give yourself a respite and take a travel assignment. You deserve it!!!

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