Nursing shortages have been a problem in the United States for years, making nurses one of the most in-demand staffing needs. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics expects the nursing shortage in this country to reach one million nurses very soon.
Travel nursing was an idea developed to help offset some of that need. Nurses are temporarily assigned to hospitals and other healthcare facilities through an agency like ours. Contracts generally run between 13 and 26 weeks, though most fall somewhere in the middle. If there’s a continued need, the contract may be extended, at the nurse’s discretion.
To start travel nursing, you must be a registered nurse. No additional training or education is needed. However, nurses with a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) tend to be better suited for some high acuity assignments.
Travel nurses also need at least one year of experience in a specialty. The orientation period can be short, and it leaves no time to learn basic nursing skills.
Travel nurses must be licensed in the state where they’re accepting a contract. This is something your Scrubjay recruiter can help you manage.
So, why start travel nursing? It’s a chance to grow your skillset and build your resume. It’s also a prime opportunity to earn a higher salary and other benefits. Between the non-taxable stipends and other incentives, travel nurses typically have higher take-home pay than staff nurses.
Not insignificantly, becoming a travel nurse is also a great way to get out and see more of the country. In fact, here at Scrubjay Travel Med, we see it as an invitation to embark on an adventure. Explore a new city and experience all of the excitement that comes with living in a new place.
Ready to make a change now? Check out our open assignments. Your adventure is waiting to be discovered.