May 8, 2015
Article by Global Pre-Meds
Hospital doctor shadowing & global health experience programs.
Travel nursing is a great option for those who would like to pursue a career in nursing but do not want to be tied down to one place. This career path lets you experience different job roles and different work environments while giving you the freedom to travel and explore the place. Take a look at the several benefits you can enjoy as a travel nurse.
The fact that you get to travel and explore new places regularly is without doubt one of the most attractive part of this job, especially for somebody who loves to travel. Better still, you don’t even have to use your own money to travel. As a travel nurse, your employer will pay your fare to go to a new city and work with them.
Travel nurses can usually select the assignments to apply for, so this gives you the freedom of choosing the kind of setting that you want to live and work in, whether it is a hospital in a large city or a smaller clinic in a rural area. Others may choose to get posted in areas that pay more so they could use this posting to save money. Some even choose assignments that are based on their hobbies. Those who want to be near the sea and scuba dive during their free time may choose to travel to a beach for a particular assignment.
Travel nursing gives you the flexibility to move from place to place so that you can explore a city, decide whether you like it and then move on to another area. For those who want to travel extensively, this is the best way to mix work and pleasure.
Travel nursing often gives you a lot of freedom. Unlike other jobs, you will have time between your assignments and you will earn enough money to do what you want. Nurses often take time off to go back and meet family or they take trips to other exotic places. An assignment is usually long enough to be able to meet new people and make friends. This will help you network all across the country. A number of travel nurses also get the opportunity to experience the lifestyle in different cities so they know exactly which place they want to settle in after they stop working.
Unlike most other nursing positions, travel nurses are not bound to a single employer. This gives you a lot of scope to grow in your career. In a lot of institutions, you may miss out on promotions because they have been filled or you and the management may not see eye to eye on various issues. However, in the case of travel nursing, you can pick your destination and even choose the place where you want to work and the environment that you want to work in. If a certain workplace doesn’t agree with you, you are not bound to that place for a long time. Instead, you can move on to your next destination.
Travel nursing will also give you a major advantage when you finally want to settle down in one place. Since you will have such a variety of experience, you could apply for better job positions when you apply for a permanent job.
Travel nursing is not for everyone however. While it is a great job for those who do not mind moving from place to place and exploring new areas, it may not be suitable for those who have families or those who prefer the familiarity that comes from settling down in one place.