Whether you’re already a nurse or studying to become a nurse, you’ve undoubtedly heard about travel nursing. It’s gained enormous popularity in recent years, and it’s become a hot topic in the medical field due to the variety of benefits it offers.
While the core of travel nursing has remained the same, slight changes have occurred in recent years. We’ve compiled 5 must-know facts for travel nurses today to keep you up to speed on the latest in the profession.
The State of Travel Nursing in 2022
1. Your nursing skillset is in high demand.
Compassionate, skilled nurses have always been and always will be needed to care for the sick and the injured. However, in today’s climate, the need for nurses is great in many parts of the country. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals were reporting a nursing shortage. As expected, the global health crisis has only exasperated this shortage, leading to where we are today.
The demand for nurses has never been higher, especially for travel nurses. Healthcare systems and medical practices across the country need to fill vacancies quickly in order to maintain quality patient care, and the fastest way to staff is through short-term travel nursing contracts.
While the 12-hour shifts can be long and arduous, nursing is a career where you know you’re making a difference. You’re playing a critical role in the health and wellbeing of your patients’ lives. In fact, nursing can always be found high on a list of best jobs, and this year is no exception. If you’re looking for a new phase in your career, consider if travel nursing could be the perfect fit for you.
2. Your mental health as a travel nurse matters.
With wave after wave of COVID variants hitting the country for the past 2 years, the mental weight of the pandemic has affected us all collectively. But the toll it took on frontline healthcare workers is incomparable. While it is difficult to shine a positive light on this period of time, there has a been a shift for the better in the care of our medical staff as a result.
Many healthcare facilities now prioritize the mental health of their staff. While the stresses of the job may have been swept under the rug in previous years, today the medical system is starting to take mental health seriously. It is becoming more and more common to see mental health services incorporated into benefits packages and routine check-ins prioritized among staff.
The mental health of all our candidates is a top priority for CoreMedical and the healthcare providers we serve. Our industry-leading benefits include mental health services, available to our candidates and their families starting from day one of any travel assignment.
3. You can receive job placement quickly.
Because medical staffing agencies have such a high need to place travel nurses quickly in order to support hospitals and medical practices around the country, states have enacted emergency protocols to grant licensure across state lines. Before this, for example, it could have taken 3 months or more to receive a license in the state of California as a travel RN. Now, a qualified nurse can be licensed and placed within a week. Many of these emergency measures are still in place today, given the continued demand for qualified nurses across the country.
What does this mean for you? When you’re ready, you can become a travel nurse faster than ever before!
4. Your greatest strength is your adaptability.
You may be wondering, “If hospitals are short-staffed and demand for travel nurses is high, does this mean I’ll be working with other travel nurses?” The answer: In many cases, yes.
In the past, you may have been the only travel nurse on a floor. But today, you may find yourself in a situation where many of the nurses you are working with are also serving travel contracts. Inevitably, this may mean that all of you are “new” and learning the ropes of the hospital together.
Stay flexible, adaptable, and teachable. Even as a qualified, skilled nurse, you will face a learning curve in any new environment. Focus on the main reason you’re there: to provide the highest quality care to your patients.
5. You can enjoy the freedom travel nursing brings.
Travel nursing has always appealed to those with wanderlust. But today, more and more nurses are considering travel for the freedom it offers.
- The freedom of flexibility.
- The freedom to choose your location, whether that’s close to home or somewhere new.
- The freedom to bring your family with you and adventure together.
- The freedom to live minimally, not constrained by the stuff we accumulate in life.
- The freedom to take a break between contracts and reset without risking your career.
Travel nursing provides you with the ability to serve in a job you love, a job that matters, while also giving you the freedom to prioritize your wellbeing.
Everything You Need to Know About Becoming a Travel Nurse
Are you ready to learn more about travel nursing?
Check out our Ultimate Guide to Travel Nursing. We cover everything you need to know to get started, including interview tips, answers to your credentialing questions, information about pay and benefits, and much more!
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