Registered Nurses have many work opportunities in the and are not limited to hospitals or clinics. RNs can embark on travel nursing positions, which offer the chance to build their patient care skills in cool destinations. Like all nursing jobs, the pay is good and the job is an adventure. Here are my top 10 reasons why this is a great career path.
1. Travel, travel, travel ... We all want to see the countryside. Whether you dream of hiking through the Appalachian Mountains, sailing on a luxury liner, or want to hang out on the beaches of Mexico, a job as a travelling RN can allow you the opportunity.
2. High pay: Nursing positions offer high pay. The average RN salary is $64,690, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Less than 10 percent earn $44,190, and more than 10 percent were paid above $95,130.
3. Growth: The position is expected to grow by as much as 26 percent by 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In terms of numbers, that is an expected future growth of 711,900 jobs.
4. Versatility and adaptability: Because you will be in different health care facilities while travelling, you will have the opportunity to work with different co-workers and have to adapt to the location.
5. Time off: When you are an on-the-road RN, you have an easier time to take time off. Between journeys, you can get downtime and relax and do what needs to be done. This also offers a great time to go back to school and continue your education.
6. More $$$: Bonuses are common when signing on as a new nurse at a location. Many will earn between $100 to $5000 just for taking on a new, temporary assignment. That is in addition to your regular hourly rate.
7. Hook up with family, friends: You may be able to travel with your newly minted nursing friends. This can be beneficial because you could share accommodations, which can save you both a few extra bucks.
8. And if you have to pay for the costs -- fear not: Most on-the-road registered nurse jobs offer free housing or discounts. Often the staffing agency will take care of the legwork and handle the administrative work.
9. New friends await: During your travels you should be able to meet a lot of new friends -- during your off-time and during your work schedule. You will be able to keep in touch with them as well, with sites like Facebook and LinkedIn. This can also help you with new career opportunities.
10: Try before you buy! Relocating is a pain and can be a mistake at times. If you work in different cities, you can try out the travelling gig for a spell and don't have to commit. If it works, then you know you will be OK to relocate.
You will be able to maximizer your earnings, meet new friends, connect with old ones, gain experience and have fun.
You won't have to deal with office politics or other hassles, as well.