OUR TOP 4 TRAVEL MYTHS (DEBUNKED)
If you’re interested in beginning your career as a travel nurse, you’ve probably started reading up on the field. And in scouring the web — and hopefully this blog — for information, you may have some questions about what you’ve read. Specifically, what’s true and what isn’t.
The web is filled with opinions on, well, everything. We mean it: everything. And travel nursing is no different. So, how do you separate opinions from facts and myths from truth? Here are our answers to some common misconceptions you may have encountered throughout your search.
Myth 1. Working as a travel nurse means saying goodbye to family and friends.
Not necessarily. Accepting the right assignment could put you closer to family and friends in another state or even your own. Some facilities have established guidelines blocking nurses who live in the area from accepting a travel assignment, but it’s worth your look. If spending more time with family is important to you, your travel staffing firm should be able to help you find the perfect opportunity.
Myth 2. Being a travel nurse isn’t family friendly.
That depends on the family. Working as a travel nurse certainly isn’t for every family, but if your spouse has the ability to work remotely — a common situation these days — your next travel assignment could make for a cost-effective adventure. If you have kids, taking them with during the school year could be difficult, but accepting a travel assignment over the summer will provide them with experiences they’ll never forget.
Myth 3. Travel nursing doesn't provide a steady income.
One of the benefits of travel nursing is the ability to control your schedule and treat your career as a small business. Your travel nursing experience can be as lucrative as you want it to be. And if you’re looking for steady income, don’t be afraid to start researching your next assignment while completing your current one. The more you travel, the more money you can make.
Myth 4. Travel nurses never have a chance to really settle in.
That depends on your definition of settling in. Most travel assignments are 13 weeks long, and for some people that’s plenty of settling. They’re ready to move on. But if you like the idea of a little more longevity, there are longer assignments available, and in some cases you may be able to extend your current assignment beyond the predetermined time. Work closely with your staffing firm and together you can find the best solution to meet your needs.