From our Complete Guide to Travel Nursing, here are the top ten reasons to be a travel nurse, by a current traveler, Tina Howell.
Hello, my name is Tina Howell and I am a travel nurse. You may be wondering what that is and why someone would want to do that! It’s a nurse who goes to different hospitals to work for 4-13 weeks at a time! There are multiple reasons to do that, but I will break it down to ten.
- I like going to different hospitals to work because it keeps you on your toes and your skills up to par.
- I like meeting new people from different regions to see the similarities and not just the differences!
- I like the challenge of sometimes not knowing what floor I will work on and being able to adapt to any situation.
- I like broadening my horizons and stepping outside my comfort zone and travel nursing sure does that!
- I like the ability to learn something new from each floor or place I go! Even us old dogs can learn new tricks!
- I like the ability to block my schedule each week to work with my family life! I travel 9 months of the year within driving distance of my home, block my days 3 in a row, then go home for the other 4. It’s a perfect system for me! The other 3 months of the year, I roam farther away from home and will make a vacation of the trip there and back! My husband is my navigator!
- I like the fact that since I’ve been traveling, I feel like I could work anywhere without any problem, I’ve worked in large hospitals and small hospitals and sizes in between.
- I like the pay packages and benefits. In comparison to a regular job near my home, the pay is better and benefits are available.
- I think one of the benefits of traveling is staying out of the politics of a place. I’m not into the gossip or cliques and being a traveler allows me to be the outsider who doesn’t get pulled into that mess.
- Another of my favorite things is to see the different scenery of this country. It is a beautiful country and I hope to see more of it before I’m through with my traveling career.
Those are some of the reasons I like to travel. There are drawbacks to it,as with any job, but the benefits out weigh those by far in my view. I have met some really wonderful people throughout my travels that I still keep in touch with! I think traveling works for me because it’s in my blood. My dad was Navy and we traveled until I was a junior in high school. After I graduated high school, I spent a few years in the military then met and married my husband who was in the Air Force for 20 years and we traveled! I suppose I will travel until I’m planted!