7 Factors to Consider When Choosing Your Next Travel Assignment

by Howard Gerber on April 24, 2014

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You have finally decided to go after your dream of working as a nurse traveler. You’re excited about the prospect of moving to a new city, making new friends and starting a new job. But if you are lucky enough to have more than one travel assignment to choose from, how do you decide which assignment to take? 

Of course, salary is likely on the top of your list when choosing assignments, but there are other factors to weigh. Choosing between assignments may not always be an easy decision. There can be advantages and disadvantage to different assignments. It takes careful consideration and thought in order to choose the assignment, which suits you best. When making your choice, consider some of the following factors:

Consider location

One of the biggest factors when choosing which assignment to take may be the location. For example, some people may be interested in a location that is only a few hours’ drive away from their home. Others may want to be on the opposite side of the country. Maybe you are looking to travel somewhere warm or to a place you have never been.

Benefits

Determine what type of benefits you will have with each assignment. If the travel assignments you are considering are through the same staffing company, benefits may be the same, but make sure that is the case. Benefits offered may include health and dental insurance, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, retirement plans, and possibly paid time off.   

Bonuses

Some staffing companies may offer a bonus on completion of an assignment or after having completed a certain number of assignments. Additionally, a particular travel job may also come with a sign on bonus. Before you sign on the dotted line, make sure you know if any bonuses are offered.

Housing Arrangements

Housing arrangements may vary by assignment. You may have the option of sharing an apartment, living alone, or staying with a friend or relative who lives in the area. Determine what your housing arrangements would be for each of the assignments you are considering. One type of housing may standout above the rest, which can influence your decision.

Potential for Growth

Some healthcare travel jobs may provide you with new challenges and opportunities for professional growth. If that is something you are looking for in a job, it is an important factor to consider. For instance, some facilities may perform innovative procedures, which would provide learning opportunities. 

Type of Facility

It is important to remember not every healthcare travel job is in an acute care hospital. Some assignments may be in long-term care facilities, rehabilitation hospitals, or other settings. When you are choosing between travel assignments, consider what type of facility you are most interested in.

Length of Assignment

Many travel assignments are 13 weeks, but some may be longer or shorter. If you have a preference, this may be an important thing for you to consider when choosing assignments.

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