Travel nursing itself is the field where salaries are higher than most nursing jobs. If you are registered as a travel nurse or you are planning to do so here are some options you have for those higher paying positions. Nurses obviously do deserve good wages.
Dialysis Registered Nurse
Nurses who specialize in dialysis for patients with kidney disease are highly desired. As the number of patients with kidney disease increases so too the demand for this specialty of nurses. It is possible for you to find positions available on cruise ships and also resorts so so that travel for these patients is possible. There may be additional responsibilities which would include monitoring of hte patient in order to assure that their health is stable while they are traveling. This is high demand position with excellent pay.
Oncology Registered Nurse
A nurse who specialcializes in providing care to cancer patients and is certified to administer chemotherapy. These nurses can work in the office of physician or outpatient treatment facilities in hospitals. There is also high demand for these nurses on cruises or resort centers. As medicine is provided more on an outpatient basis and patients are free to travel more than in the past there may be more opportunities to work at resort facilities. The duties of an oncology nurse are demanding and require sompassion and emotional support not only for the patient but many times for the family as well..
Post Anesthetia Care Unit Registered Nurse
These are the nurses who are responsible for monitoring and providing care to patients who have gone through medical procedures that used anesthesia. They actually work in various places. The major and common areas in which they may work are surgical centers, dental offices and hospitals. To work in a PACU most hospitals and facilities using anesthesia require that nurses have their ACLS as well as PALS if working with children. There is always high demand in hospitals and and outpatient facilities.
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Registered Nurse
Nurses working with babies in intensive care (NICU) are specialized and certified in PALS. This is a high demand job and is also a 2 to 1 ratio. Hospitals have to make sure all positions are filled in order to fill the beds in the unit. As a high demand job the pay rate is higher than for a med surg nurse. As medicine has evolved nurses and doctors are able to care for babies that might never have survived in years past. They provide care to premature babies and babies born with drug addictions resulting from their mothers drug use. This is a highdemand job and can be very emotional and stressful.
ICU or CCU Registered Nurse
These are the nurses work in hospitals in the Intensive Care Unit or Cardiac Care Unit. These units generally provide a 2 to 1 ratio for the ICU/CCU patients. If there is a shortage of nurses to fill that ratio the hospital will defer patient admissions to that unit. This is always a high demand position for hospitals to use travel nurses. There are generally strict regulations for nursing care in the ICU or CCU.
Nurses have many options when choosing to begin a carrer as a travel nurse. Choose a good travel agent to help you get the information you need to make an informed decision.