A Few Common Misconceptions About Travel Nursing

January 22 / Posted by Christi Hintz

Are you thinking about becoming a travel nurse, but you’re unsure what to expect? Or perhaps even worse, you’ve heard a few things that are making you hesitate to reach out and find out more? At ADEX, we want to demystify travel nursing as much as possible so that those who are interested are able to find out if travel nursing is truly the right fit for them. With that in mind, we’ve create a short list of some misconceptions we’ve heard about travel nursing that we’d like to clear up.  

1. Travel Nurses Have to Move Every 13 Weeks

While it’s true that standard travel nursing assignments typically last 13 weeks, this does not necessarily have to be true for every assignment a nurse takes. Travel assignments can be extended based on the needs of the hospital. Some nurses also choose to line up multiple assignments in the same city, even if not at the same hospital, in order to minimize their traveling a bit. While many nurses get into travel nursing because they want to travel, not everyone prefers to travel the same amount, and luckily there are options for such cases. You can also talk to your Account Manager about special requests for assignment lengths to see if it is possible to accommodate special circumstances.

 

2. Travel Nursing Is Only for Young Nurses

It seems that many people’s perception of a travel nurse is an RN straight out of nursing school, but this isn’t the case. Many more experienced nurses choose to become travel nurses later in their careers, and it can be a rewarding experience at any age. Your experience can even be an asset, as it can make you a more attractive candidate for an assignment. So if you’ve been thinking that the ship has sailed on your career as a travel nurse, don’t! Reach out to ADEX travel nursing and get more info about what could potentially be the job of your dreams.

 

3. Travel Nursing Isn’t a Reliable Source of Income

While the idea of taking assignments at a variety of different hospitals instead of working full time at just one hospital can be intimidating at first, it can certainly be a source of steady income. For nurses who are willing to keep an open mind about location, there is a lot of work available all over the country. Hospitals are trying to make up for staffing shortages in their region and pay well to have nurses come in and assist their permanent staff. As a travel nurse, you will be in a unique position to help these hospitals provide the best care they can to their patients.

 

Do you have more questions? Check out our FAQ page for more answers to questions and concerns that we hear often. If you’d like to reach out to us, you can find the contact information for all four of our offices on our contact page. We believe that travel nursing is an incredible and rewarding career, so we don’t want to let any misunderstandings stand in your way of reaping the benefits of such a career!

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