Whether you're new to travel nursing or have been in this field for years, at some point most professionals experience burnout. However, changing your approach to daily life can allow you to rejuvenate and minimize the chances of burnout.
Allow yourself a month off between assignments. This will allow you to relax a little before accepting a new travel nursing job. This way, you'll enter the new assignment totally refreshed – instead of burnt out.
Get away to visit family and friends. Living a long distance away from family and friends can take a toll. Get away for long weekends to catch up with family and friends. Also, check out events in your new community, which will allow you to meet new friends and avoid feeling isolated.
Explore new hobbies. When starting new jobs, check out your local community center. Take a pottery, art or other class that's interesting. This will allow you to refocus your energy and relax, which can combat burnout.
Because of the national nursing shortage, the need for travel nurses is on the rise. Many nurses aren't sure how to initiate the process, but fortunately, it's relatively easy. Read on to learn the simple steps to becoming a travel nurse.
Talk with a staffing agency. When choosing an agency, make sure to select a company that specializes in placing travel nurses. This will give you access to more jobs. Check out staffing companies like Clinical One.
Complete an application and talk with a recruiter. Once you've contacted a travel nurse agency, they will review your application and discuss your qualifications. Be prepared to answer questions about why you want to become a travel nurse, your career goals, and areas you're willing to travel to.
Interview with hiring companies. Once a travel nurse agency has evaluated your experience, they will connect you with hiring companies that are a good fit. Typically, you'll be required to attend a phone interview.
Accept the travel nursing job. Once you're done with the interview process, all that's left to do is wait for the job offers to roll in.
One of the largest benefits of travel nursing is the ability to travel to beautiful destinations all over the country. Focusing on which geographic locations interest you will allow recruiters to help you find positions that suit your interests. Read on to learn popular travel nursing destinations.
Check out Phoenix, Arizona. If you enjoy warm climates, ask your travel nurse agency about assignments in Phoenix, Arizona. This is a popular destination for many travel nurses.
Ask about popular California locations. Like many other states, California is feeling the effects of the nursing shortage. Popular locations for travel nursing positions include Los Angeles, San Diego and Sacramento.
Check out Hawaii positions. It's no surprise that travel nursing positions in Hawaii are in high demand. Although the competition may be tough for these positions, investing time in your resume and partnering with a recruiter like Clinical One can give you more access to jobs.
Travel nursing jobs come with many benefits, but you'll need to negotiate these items into your compensation package. Read on to learn about negotiable perks such as medical, life insurance, travel reimbursement and housing.
Ask about medical and life insurance. Even if your contract is only a few months, these benefits can often be negotiated. If you're working with a travel nurse agency like Clinical One, ask them about employers who negotiate these benefits.
Tax-Free Travel Reimbursement. Depending on how far you'll be traveling to your assignment, experience can get costly. Make sure to set up a travel reimbursement plan that is tax accountable, which means you won't have to pay taxes on this reimbursement.
Rent-free housing. One of the best perks of being a travel nurse is housing is often free. These accommodations are often close to your work location and facilitated by the employer.
For most professionals, transitioning into a travel nursing career can happen fairly quickly. That's why it's important to get the necessary information organized beforehand, which will prevent you from scrambling at the last minute. Read on to learn tips for preparing for a travel nurse career.
Tell your travel nurse agency how quickly you can accept an assignment. This will allow them to focus on positions that fit your needs, and allow you time to transition out of your current situation.
Get your licensing information in order. Depending on the location of your travel nursing assignment, you may need to get a temporary nursing license. Talk with your staffing firm about where you'll accept assignments, and take care of these requirements before hand.
Take care of housing. Many travel nursing assignments will provide free or low-cost housing. When applying to travel nurse jobs talk about these benefits ahead of time. You can always decide to only choose assignments that handle housing arrangements.
Whether you're just entering the travel nursing field or have been taking on assignments for years, understanding how to choose the right assignment is important. Read on to learn tips for choosing the right travel nursing assignment.
Evaluate the specialty. As a travel nurse, you will have access to a wide variety of positions. If you think you're interested in a specific specialty, like oncology or emergency room care, apply to those assignments.
Determine the length of contract. Travel nursing jobs can last anywhere from a few months to a year. When accepting your first assignment, consider choosing a shorter assignment. This will allow you to determine if you enjoy travel nursing.
Narrow down locations. Thinking about the places you're willing to live, before accepting an assignment, can increase your satisfaction with travel nursing. Dust off a map and determine which areas are desirable. Then discuss your needs with an agency like Clinical One.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|