There are several opportunities for travel nurses who want to work in critical care. Intensive care nurses are sought after by travel companies for several reasons. Critical care nurses have specialized skills, which may transfer from one intensive care area to another. For example, if you have worked in trauma critical care, you may also be able to float to the surgical intensive care area or neurology ICU. If you are considering trying to land a position as a critical care travel nurse, below are a few specialty areas to consider. [continue reading…]
Negotiating your Contract
An experienced travel nurse never assumes every contract is “standard.” Nothing could be further from the truth. A good contract lays it all out: Terms, bonuses, living arrangements, sick days…the things that will define your work and life for the next few months.
An experienced recruiter will help you hammer out the details, but never be afraid to speak up and try to amend the contract to get a better deal. Before you sign off on the changes, though, make sure the recruiter or company representative has the authority to make changes. Some potential changes and amendments may be part of the original contract; adjustments the company allows without question. Other things may not be clear, and this is where you need to ask the right questions and advocate on your own behalf. [continue reading…]
The Pros and Cons of Traveling Nursing
Thinking about a career as a traveling nurse, but aren’t sure it’s for you? There are a lot of perks, but there are some negatives as well….and some parts of the job belong on both lists, because one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Confused? Don’t worry, you’ll see.
Pros of a Travel Nursing Career
1. The travel. Obvious? Maybe. But have you stopped to think about all that travel has to offer? You choose what assignments to accept and where to go. It’s a great way to try Boston clam chowder in Boston and visit all the historic sights…maybe ride that silly duck tour. Or accept an assignment in Cincinnati in the fall to catch a few Bengals games….or the Yankees in NY.
If sports aren’t your thing, maybe you’d like to dip into history and visit Washington D.C. and colonial Williamsburg. Or follow the warmth and hop from coast to coast for the beaches.
2. The money. Travel nursing nearly always pays more per assignment than a permanent position, but the money adds up in other ways as well. All your expenses are paid. So not only do you pocket a more than competitive salary and often an attractive bonus package, you aren’t paying all those bills that would normally come out of your salary.
3. The networking. Your average nurses in the trenches can’t meet and impress the sheer number of doctors, administrators, and other nurses. The advantage of networking is simple. Employability. The more contacts you have, the more likely you are to get a job when you decide to settle down. Put your best foot forward and people will remember you.
4. The freedom. You’re in control of your own career. Once in a while, you’ll land a bad assignment. But it’s only for a few weeks…and then you move on. If it’s really bad, you never have to go back. Few people have that kind of career freedom. [continue reading…]
Travel Nursing – Is Your Skill List Up-to-Date?
So you’re ready to start travel nursing. You’ve got the education and experience, your resume is newly polished and you’ve prepared for those tricky interview questions. Have you forgotten anything?
If you’re using a recruiter affiliated with a service – which I highly recommend – it’s a good idea to make a list of your skills, talents, and competencies. This helps the recruiter match you up with jobs that are perfect for you…and helps avoid wasting time on jobs that are not. [continue reading…]