Debunking Common Myths and Misconceptions about Travel Nursing

Nursing is a noble profession with emotional satisfaction as one of the immense benefits. Travel nursing, on the other hand, may be the most misunderstood niche in the nursing profession.

Most times, nurses assume that being a travel nurse is like being put in an extremely difficult position with the frequent travelling, the rivalry from permanent staff nurses and other things that could be easily perceived as disadvantages to the average nurse.

The American Hospital Association reports that 75% of institutions use travel nurses. Travel nursing as a profession seems to be made up of smokes and mirror. Read on to find the truth about most travel nursing misconceptions that is all over the place

Travel nurses must move every 13 weeks

Most nurses assume that all travel nursing assignments last three weeks, after which the nurse must pack up and leave. This one is close to the truth because the average travel nurse assignment typically lasts 13 weeks. However, they can be extended. The travel nurse can choose to extend their assignment or the travel nurse agency could ask them to. When this happens, it is often a win-win situation for all the parties involved, – the agency, the nurse, and the hospital.

Sometimes travel nurses can also be rotated between different institutions in the same city if there are enough opportunities. So while it is likely that as a travel nurse you may have to move every 13 weeks, it can be arranged for you to stay longer if that is what you want.

 Travel nursing keeps you away from friends and family

Travel nursing gives you the freedom to choose your assignments. As a travel nurse you can choose assignments in close proximity to your homes. At the same time, you could also get shifts that allow you three to four days off so you can visit home.

This gives you an opportunity to enjoy all the benefits of being a travel nurse and still enjoy the comforts of your home. Although some facilities have radius rules that prevent local nurses from applying for travel nursing assignments, you can get an assignment in a location that is as close as a 1.5 hour drive from your home.

Travel nursing is better suited to young people

Travel nursing requires a great deal of experience which is more likely to be found in older nurses, particularly between the ages of 40 to late 50. The more experienced a nurse is, the more confident she is and better able to step in and take control of certain situations. It doesn’t really matter what age the nurse is, anybody can find amazing opportunities in travel nursing.

Travel nursing is for single people with no family

Because of the nature of the job and the frequent travelling involved, it is easy to assume or believe that the profession is only for single people who have no family. Contrary to this belief, several travel nurses have been known to take a spouse along on assignments. Especially if the spouse is retired or has a flexible job. Travel nursing assignments can also be a means of giving members of your family an inexpensive vacation.

Travel nursing doesn’t provide stable income

On the contrary, travel nursing provides great pay. Many travel nursing agencies such as Gifted Healthcare provide their travel nurses with free private accommodation or a tax free stipend in lieu, travel reimbursements, together with other living expenses.

About 25% of travel nurses travel because they make more money. With the appropriate amount of planning and the readiness to take assignments where they are, instead of just the ones that suit your personal agenda, travel nursing can provide you with stable enough income so you can take up travel nursing as a career instead of just a job.

Staff nurses dislike travel nurses

Facilities that need travel nurses are often short staffed so travel nurses provide a sort of relief service to the hospital. Thanks to travel nurses, permanent staff nurses don’t have to work the extra shifts and long hours. Travel nurses are usually greeted with relief due to the help they have come to render.

Travel nursing is bad for your resume

Being a travel nurse proves that you have certain highly sought after qualities. Flexibility, adaptability, the ability to acquire new skills quickly and several other skills. They often don’t need an extended period of orientation. Nursing managers usually look for these skills when they want to hire.

By virtue of the job, travel nurses are also exposed to a wide range of experiences and learn different nursing approaches, methods and philosophies and are often a good fit for wherever they decide to settle down. Also, while frequent job changes for a staff nurse can be bad, a travel nurse is expected to have different job listings on their resume.

Travel nurses can’t have pets or have to leave their pets behind

Taking a pet along with you on an assignment is actually a great idea. Pets provide great travel company and can be your something familiar in an unfamiliar new city.

If you have been considering travel nursing as a career, but have been discouraged by any of these myths, then I hope you reconsider.