Travel Nurse Jobs
Is that you in between rounds as a RN or LPN looking for information on travel nurse
jobs while dreaming about trading in the doldrums of working at the same place day after day and year after year
for the excitement of new adventures taking place multiple times a year?
With nothing holding you or you and your companion back from seeing America while
keeping the money rolling into the bank account, you may be able to move from one assigment to another adventure in
as little as a 4 weeks between adventures.
Or the assigment could be located be in a sweet location where you may want to
work for up to 13 weeks to allow you time to enjoy every adventure the area has to offer.
Some nurses even accept contract assigments outside America but do expect to agree
to longer contract durations to make the travel nurse jobs scenario work for all parties involved. Don't be shocked
to hear that a one to two year contract commitment is wanted for international travel nurse jobs.
Don't let the stated assignment time frames hold you back. Just about everything down
to who buys the shoes is negotiable in this division of the nurse profession.
Assignment extension options can be included as part of the contract for good
performance especially if you are working in Hawaii or other scenic areas. Maybe you are a skier and the snow is
good in Colorado this year.
Keep in mind that you can use travel nurse jobs to find the place in America where
you would love to live everyday or when you retire.
Here is one possible idea to consider: If you find the ideal place to live after
scouting out America, you can take another travel nurse assignment in that area if available without discussing
your desire to live in the area.
There is no reason to reveal your hand in the event the hospital offers you an
attractive financial bonus with relocation cost thrown in to sweeten the pot to get you take a full time staff
position. Could it happen this way? NIZ can't say for sure but again, why reveal your hand too
Don't Pack Your Bags Too Quick
Before you select one of many travel nurse jobs, do you have:
- At least one clinical year of experience; preferably two or more years is
better because you will be expected to be at the top of your game to be a travel nurse. Not only will the
assignment hospital expect you to hit the unit running, the in-house nurse staff will certainly scrutinize your
talent to justify your higher hourly pay.
- Do you have a RN or LPN license to work in the state where the travel nurse
job is located? Is your state part of the Nurse Licensure Compact that allows use of your existing license to
work in other states?
You may not be dead in the water for not having a license for a particular state
that is not part of the nurse compact agreement.
Check with your state nurse board and the nurse board of the state in question.
Your state or that state may be in the process of joining the Nurse Licensure Compact.
If that state is not a reciprocal state, you may only have to get certified in
specific areas or worst case, you will have to sit for the license test if your associate or bachelors degree is
Remember that almost everything is negotiable with
the travel nurse company that wants to employ you; the cost to get certifications or license may be absorbed by the
company as they have to fill the positions.
The travel nurse company can't say no to the assigned hospital every time their
phone rings with requests to fill open nurse positions.
Great, You Are Licensed For That State And Ready To Pack...Not So
Now is the time to review the following:
- Is the travel nurse company providing furnished housing, a housing stipend or
the option to decide between the two housing choices?
- Review the possibility of federal and state tax advantages in respect to the
"Per Diem" benefits offered by the travel nurse company with a tax accountant experienced working with travel
nurses. It may be to your financial benefit to maintain a base home to use in between nurse assignments to take
advantage of tax write offs. Uncle Sam looks very close at money that is not showing up as taxable income on
your taxes but shows up as expense on the Travel nurse Company's taxes.
- Review the salary offered in respect to the different regions of America
where travel nurse positions are being offered. Higher housing cost may negate the higher hourly salary rate to
the point where you are caught by surprise. That said, the lure of a 4 week job destination may justify losing
a few bucks to have a good time.
I repeat myself a lot but here I go one more time to help look out for
- When applying for travel nurse jobs, Do
Remember that almost everything is negotiable with a travel nurse company looking to hire you. Utilities,
internet service, car rental or taxi fees and even cost to wash clothes can be an expense absorbed by
travel nurse companies. Some nurse companies like hospitals will provide benefits like 401k's, vacations,
bonuses and more to retain their travel nurse staff.
- Before accepting one of the many travel nurse jobs out there, do take the
entire benefit and salary package to a tax accountant experienced working with traveling nurses to assess your
tax obligations based on the offer on the table. Accepting some
things as freebies(nothing is really free) could be like a person getting a fifty cent an hour raise only to
find out the raise put them in a higher tax bracket resulting in less money in their pocket at the end of the
- You can also use the Professional
Travel Nurses Association dedicated to assisting travel nurses with information.
Good luck with your many travel nurse jobs as you enjoy adventure
after adventure across America or beyond.