When you are considering taking a traveling assignment, you have to weigh a lot of factors. The location of the job, type of facility and department you will be working in all play a big part in whether the job is right for you. Of course, you also want to look at benefits and what is being offered for the position. Below are some of the many factors you need to consider when deciding on a nurse travel job.
Salary is one of the most important things to consider when deciding if a travel job is a good match. But it is also essential to keep in mind that it is not the only factor to consider. The type of benefits package you have can be worth a lot of money. In addition, your base salary may not include your shift differential, weekend pay, or any overtime you get.
Health and Dental Insurance
Most nurse travel jobs include health and dental insurance coverage. Because of the nature of a travel job, there is usually no waiting period for coverage to start. Specific insurance plans vary in their coverage, deductible and co-payments, so find out specifics from your recruiter. Since you may only be at your location for 13 weeks, you may not even use your insurance. But you never know when something will happen, so it is still wise to understand what your coverage includes.
Housing is almost always included in a travel nursing job, but the type of housing can vary. Options may include a private apartment, shared housing, or an extended stay hotel. It is also important to determine if housing is furnished or unfurnished. If you have a preference, you may be able to negotiate some terms of your contract.
Not all healthcare traveler jobs include retirement savings, but some do. There are different types of retirement accounts, which may be offered. Some companies may match what the employee contributes up to a certain point. Find out details from your recruiter. If you are not offered an employer-sponsored retirement account, consider starting one on your own.
Paid Time Off
Although many nurse travel jobs are 13 weeks, some may be longer. Even jobs that only last a few months may offer a few paid days off. In addition, find out what happens if the census is low and your shift is canceled. Stipulations are often made for travelers to ensure they get their full pay.
Free Continuing Education
Some companies will pay for continuing education classes, which are needed to renew your license. Another perk may be tuition reimbursement. Free continuing education benefits may only apply after you have been with the agency for a specific amount of time.
Although not all companies offer bonuses, some may add it to their list of benefits. You may be eligible for a bonus after referring another nurse who takes an assignment. Some companies also offer a completion bonus after the assignment is over.