Hi, I am a new nurse, and one of the major draws for me was the travel-nursing career path. I also have a pilot’s license, so I’m curious if this could work to my advantage at some point. I could take per diem jobs week-to-week in different regions (Chicago one week, then Texas the next, for instance). Have you ever heard of anyone doing such a thing?
Ask a Travel Nurse Answer:
While you add an interesting twist to the “travel” portion in “travel nursing”, I’m not quite sure how you would incorporate this into a travel career.
Most assignments are for a set duration (typically 13 weeks) in one location. You could sign up with a travel company that also employs nurses in a per diem capacity. Then you could conceivably work a week in Chicago and then one in Texas, but I would think this a very chaotic schedule.
Plus, if you are only a VFR pilot, then the weather might be an obstacle in getting from location to location.
While not being a pilot, I too have some aircraft time, but have never had enough time to complete my full training. For me, I like the idea of taking a travel assignment and then being able to fly in all different areas of the country (rather than staying local with my flight time).
Explore it further with those companies that offer per diem opportunities. You would truly be a pioneer in this type of nursing. If you can make this work, please keep us all updated on your adventures.