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What is Travel Nursing

Aug 17, 2007
Travel nursing in an exciting opportunity for nurses and other health care professionals to work at the nations most prestigious facilities, earn a great pay, get generous bonuses, enjoy living in various cities around the country, and live in free, quality housing offered by various companies.

Travel nursing gives you the opportunity to grow as a health care professional and expand your knowledge base by allowing you to learn new skills and practices in a variety of clinical settings.

Travel nursing also gives you the chance to work with other travel nurses from all over the country, exchange information on various companies, cities, hospitals, even recruiters, and make new friends.

Often times travel companies have private housing available so you can try travel nursing with your spouse, a friend or a family member. You also have the option of traveling with another nurse or health care professional with whom you can share housing.

Most travel companies offer excellent benefits such as health and life insurance, 401k plans, continuing education programs, clinical support and incentive programs.

So, if you enjoy the busy city life, you can go to New York, or if you like surfing, or simply sitting at the beach and watching the sunset, you can go to LA. If you enjoy small towns and a peaceful environment, you can do an assignment in Napa Valley. And if you just want to be in an environment where you feel like you are on vacation all the time, you can always travel to Hawaii and take an assignment there. Travel Nursing gives you the opportunity to work and enjoy your life the way you want, where you want, when you want and for how long you want.

As a travel nurse you have the freedom to be the nurse you want to be. You can make all the decisions on where you want to work and where you want to live. Usually each assignment is 13 weeks long. However, if you like the assignment, the unit, the staff, you can often renew your travel nursing contract for another 13 weeks. Sometimes, if the hospital is in a great need, you may be able to do it once again. On the other hand, if there is something you do not like, well, its only 13 weeks and then you move on! You are in control of your destination and the adventures are unlimited in each assignment. You can travel north for the summer and south for the winter. It is all up to you! And the best part is, your travel company/agency is always there to help you with anything you need to make it a great experience.

You may also want to try travel nursing if you want to move to another state or city but are not sure if you would really enjoy living there. You can do a travel assignment there for 13 weeks. Get free housing and experience the life in that particular city. If you enjoy the city, you can always get a permanent job there. If you like the hospital as well, you can always apply for a permanent position there and often times, that is what the hospital is looking for.

Who can travel?
Registered Nurses in all specialties, Nurse Practitioners, Advance practice nurse, LPN/LVN, Radiologic Technologists, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists.
Travel nursing is a great adventure. If you are up for a challenge that can result in memories that will last a lifetime, this is for you!
About the Author
Mrs. Kamadia is currently traveling the country while working as a travel nurse. Most of her expenses are paid for and she only works 3 days a week. To learn how visit her travel nursing website.
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