You’ll find hundreds of blogs that will tell you to take up travel nursing because you get to experience the world and make more money doing it, everyone knows that.
But a lot of nurses are unaware of the hidden benefits travel nursing could bring to your career.
Skillgigs has brought you eight new reasons why you should consider travel nursing.
Travel Nursing allows you to find work fast!
Travel Nursing is the fastest and easiest way to find new work. The turn around is so short you can be set up in a new location within a week! Moreover, you are not committed through a long-term contract, so you get to test the waters of your new place and have the choice to extend your contract and stay or move on to something else. Should you find yourself in an aggressive environment or maybe you find the city life too fast or the town life too slow you have the freedom to try again somewhere else!
Travel Nursing can help you find your niche!
Every hospital has its strengths and weaknesses. Being on the move lets you experience a variety of hospitals and medical centers. Being a travel nurse, you get to choose your hospital and try different units and specialties. You may find a new area you love working in that you wouldn’t have tried otherwise.
You could learn to adapt like never before!
The ability to adapt to different situations and responsibilities has always been of high value to hospital staff. Travel nursing allows you to face new challenges, bosses, co-workers, environments, and patients, to name a few. All of these provide opportunities to increase your flexibility and adaptability. Every hospital has its system, and its employees have their own office politics, and if you can adapt and thrive the better nurse you become!
Build your skills fast!
Immersing yourself in such a variety of work environments teaches you new skills at a pace you’d have to go back to school to get! No two Units function the same and even very hospital to hospital. So, the more you’re on the move, the more types of jobs you may take on. Different states have different Scopes of Practice, and you may find yourself learning new skills your state may not have allowed for.
Fine tune your process improvement!
“Process Improvement” is a trending skillset employer are looking for. This means you are actively trying to increase your patient interface, therefore, increasing patient satisfaction. Hospitals with high patient satisfaction receive federal incentives, so they are continually trying to find better nurses to improve the quality! While travel nursing, you’ll be given a variety of processes which you’ll be able to observe which parts were successful. You can then pick and choose the best parts and combine them to create a better method!
Beef up your resume!
All of these new skills and ideas you’ve picked up can now be shown off on your new resume! Every employer expects you to tailor your resume to match the desired position and the more skills you have in your arsenal, the more you can show them you’re the right person for the job! Working in travel nursing grows your pool of relevant skills and experience that makes you a more valuable candidate!
Expand your network!
The best asset a travel nurse can have is their network. Every place you go, and every person you meet increases your network. This can be used to find work, do favors, receive favors, or even find the best late-night restaurant open after your shift ends! Nurses with strong networks are ahead of the trend when it comes to practice and always have a couch to crash on and a shoulder to lean on in hard times.
Travel nursing is by far the fastest way to build a strong network you can rely on. Your chances of rubbing shoulders with the best of the best in every specialty and unit grow with each assignment you take. Social media has made it much more possible to maintain these connections long after you’ve left and allowed you all to give each other advice or seek it through groups.
With all this in mind, its time to enhance your career! Get started today!