HOW MANY TRAVEL ASSIGNMENTS SHOULD I TAKE EACH YEAR?
Think of it as question two. Once you’ve answered question one — Is travel nursing right for you? — this inevitably becomes your next decision. Do you become a career traveler hopping from one assignment to the next? Do you take one travel assignment a year and call it good? What’s common among your fellow travelers?
So many questions, and this blog can provide you some answers based on our experiences.
A matter of threes
While every traveler is unique, at OneStaff Medical, most of our travelers accept three assignments per year and when you factor in vacation time and holidays, this accounts for most of the year. Many of our older travelers will accept additional assignments above and beyond the three, particularly if they have children who live out of state. In those cases, they will accept assignments to the area whenever possible simply to be near family.
Among our younger travelers that exceed the average of three, most do so because of the opportunity to make more money or because they are motivated to visit “vacation areas” while on assignment. These younger travelers also have mastered the question of work/life balance, bringing their family with them if they have a partner and children.
The life examples above can help you determine the right number of assignments for you, but you should also consider:
* Taking a break. It’s easy to be wowed by the money you can make accepting one assignment after the next, particularly if some of your assignments gave you that vacation feel. However, take the time to give yourself a break between assignments every now and then. You’ll recharge your batteries and be better for it.
* Find your motivation. Not all assignments are created equal, so load your schedule with assignments that appeal to you. Maybe it’s the opportunity to help in a rural area, see sights you’ve never seen or get away from the cold in the winter. Whatever your goal, finding motivation will help.
* Ask us for help. Your travel career doesn’t need to operate in a vacuum. Ask us for help if you have questions planning out your assignments. We’re always happy to provide advice and help you determine the best travel plans for your goals.