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Enjoy The Perks Of Travel Nursing

Author : Sally Ryan

With the demand on nursing exceeding itself within the bounds of the local job market and military battle grounds, nursing has donned its uniform scrubs and put on its nursing shoes and begun to be a mobile occupation. The result is the creation of the Travel Nurse. Travel nursing jobs are located in all areas of the world and are usually procured through a travel nursing agency.
These agencies typically help healthcare professionals find a suitable job, provide help in filling out all the necessary forms, visas and certifications, negotiate with the potential employer and draw up a contract stating the terms of employment. The placement paperwork is much more complex (and lengthy) for an international travel nurse position but a good agency can take the sting out of the ever growing worldwide bureaucracy
Some agencies offer their clients an additional way to make some extra money by offering a bonus each time the nurse makes a successful referral of a new client to the agency. Because the travel nurse works at a variety of hospitals and medical facilities that are staffed with healthcare professionals who are not current travel nurses the opportunity to encourage referrals is endless. Some agency's also offer their travel nurses a completion bonus upon completion of a contract.
The career as a travelling healthcare professional has many benefits. Salary ranges are generally higher, or at least equal to the nurses current salary. However, many travel positions subsidize both housing and utilities, and in some international positions, even provide transportation to and from the work site. Health and dental insurance is also provided for the client. These benefits leave more discretionary income to spend exploring the new area. Nursing uniforms are sometimes supplied by the employer, but in most cases the nurse should be prepared to bring her own supply of uniform scrubs and nursing shoes to the new job. Shopping for replacement nursing uniforms may be limited in some areas of the country and world, but damaged or worn out uniform scrubs can be readily purchased online at a variety of websites specializing in nursing uniforms and nursing shoes at discount prices.
While all travel expenses incurred in relocating to the new position are paid, some employers also offer paid vacations and bonuses after a number of months of service. This extra income helps cover recreational activities and sightseeing excursions at the new location.
Travel positions last from 8 to 13 weeks at a specific location, sometimes with an option to extend for another period of time. Often, however, nurses will work 4 separate 13 week jobs, each at a different location. For international nursing positions this means a nurse may get to stay in four separate areas of a country, gaining greater knowledge and understanding of the new culture. This also means that if a nurse lands in a job that he/she does not enjoy the stay in that job is only temporary and the option to move onto another position is only a few months away.
For most nurses, the biggest benefit is the ability to travel to other areas of the country or world with most of your expenses paid. Travel nurses love traveling. This new industry provides a unique opportunity to not only visit different parts of the world, but to actually live and work in a new culture. Working in different medical settings is part of a nurse's continuing education as they are exposed to the differences in medical services from one area to the next. The travel nurse has the opportunity to become both teacher and student in the new work environment.
For those who have a love of travel and a little wanderlust in their veins, travel nursing is a profitable way to see the world and experience new cultures. Contact an agency to see if travel nursing is for you.

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