A recent comment to one of my posts suggested that a nurse would be better off being self-employed rather than working with a travel nursing company. The argument was that then you could keep all the money for yourself.
However, there are several advantages to working with a company that are difficult for a nurse to handle onÂ their own. For starters you would have to carry your own own insurance (general, professional, workerâ€™s comp) which is more expensive and sometimes individuals cannot qualify or afford the levels a hospital requires.Â You would also have to worry about your own housing, which can be difficult to set up for a three month period, but travel nursing companies have entire departments devoted to setting this up for you. By working with a company you also have access to a 401k program and health and dental insurance.Â
So yes you may get more money, but the work on the back end and lack of insurance would be pretty difficult to overcome. If any of you have ever worked this way as a travel nurse though. Let me know, I would to hear how it worked out for you.