Why Try Travel Nursing?


Making a career change is not always easy whether you are a new nurse or have been nursing for many years.  Thinking about changing your specialty to travel takes some serious thought.  Maybe you have wanderlust and need some adventure.  Are you looking to expand your horizons and learn ways to advance your nursing skills?  Perhaps you just want to add to your resume and travel experiences can be the answer.

I have a few reasons that traveling might be the answer :

Expand Your Resume

Travel nursing will certainly be challenging.  As you travel about the country you’ll be gaining experience with all the diversity in our nation.  You will find a diverse patient population and learn to communicate with the many different personalities.  While nursing is basically the same no matter where you travel you’ll be able to learn from healthcare professionals in other parts of the country.  The more you learn the more you will hone your nursing skills.

Most Travel Nurses don’t think about traveling as a way to build on your resume.  The lifestyle can be exciting for sure but hospital managers are looking for skilled, positive and flexible staff.  As a Travel Nurse, you have proved that you have what it takes to hit the ground running as you move from location to location.

A Big Plus is Flexibility & Freedom

How many jobs have you had where you have the freedom to choose where and how long you will work.  the norm for most assignments is usually only 13 weeks. At the end of an assignment, you’ll have the flexibility to extend your assignment or travel to a new exciting destination.  Maybe you simply just take time off for pleasure travel or visit family and friends.   How perfect is this job?

Hate Hospital Drama?  

As a permanent employee, I am sure you know how hospital drama can get out of hand.  If you are one who loves caring for your patients but hate the unit drama then traveling could be for you.  When you’re a temporary worker, you will not probably won’t get involved in the politics of the unit. Generally, hospital staff loves having Travel Nurses since they tend to lighten the patient load.

See New Sights and places

If travel is your passion just think about a job where every 13 weeks you get to visit a new city.  On your days off you get to explore all the sights that a new city has to offer.  The best part is you get to live like the locals of the area.  Immerse yourself in the local nightlife and eat what the locals eat.

Live life to the fullest and work and play in an area the feeds your passion.  Perhaps you like the beach.  There are miles of beach and small towns that need nurses.  If it is the snow and the mountains you prefer then ask your recruiter to find a job in the place of your dreams.

It’s Not All About the Money

Travel Nurses do have the potential to make really good money.  You get your housing paid for and many companies have bonuses.  Traveling is not just about the money though.  Just think where else can you get paid to explore this great country.  Travel Nursing is a lifestyle and one that has so much to offer.

The Cure for Compassion Fatigue

Most nurses will at some point in their career experience compassion fatigue or burn out.  How better to cure the boredom of the same old routine than to travel. Take to the road and rejuvenate your passion and the reason you chose nursing to begin with.   As a Travel Nurse, you get to choose the places that excite you so you will never get tired of the same old routine.

Are you looking to make 2019 the year you take to the road?  Do you need to know where to start?   Check out travel nurse opportunities here.


Cheryl Roby, RN

Cheryl J. Roby is a retired RN and US Army Nurse Major. She has over 30 years of nursing experience and 26 years of military experience in the Army Nurse Corp. During her nursing career she has traveled as part of her military experience visiting many of the 50 states and once to South Korea. Her medical training began during the Vietnam era when trained as an army medic. She went on to train as an OR tech and then as a LVN/LPN. She completed nursing school and was direct commissioned into the reserve Army Nurse Corp. nurse. She appreciated the challenge of working in various specialties and expanding her clinical and professional skill sets. Her time in the Army Reserves and California National Guard gave her the opportunity to travel to most of the 50 states and working in other medical facilities. During her career she spent years as an OR nurse, Occupational Health Nurse, Hospice Nurse, Forensic Nurse, Nurse Case Manager for developmental disabilities, Parish Nursing as well as being a Nurse Entrepreneur.

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