There’s no doubt about it — working as a healthcare traveler (nurse, therapist, pharmacist) is exciting! You can work a flexible schedule, see the world, and experience professional growth – all while making an excellent living.
There are many reasons why healthcare workers decide to travel. For instance, maybe you’re a new nurse who isn’t ready to settle down and you’ve always been interested in traveling. Or maybe you’re at the place in your therapy career where you’re not quite ready to retire and traveling sounds like a great way to spend your last few working years. Or perhaps you’ve thought about becoming a pharmacy traveler, but just don’t know where to start. Whatever your reasoning, consider the following benefits to help decide if you are ready to start this new adventure!
Work When YOU Want
Most jobs require you to work the schedule they make for you with little to no regard when it comes to your wishes. That all changes when you become a healthcare traveler! You can choose to work holidays for extra cash, or choose to work three days a week and sightsee the rest of the week. Your job requirements are completely transparent. Working with a recruiter helps you know when your assignment will start and end, and you decide where you go next. The options are endless! You’ll be in constant contact with your recruiter, who knows your needs and wants what’s best for you.
Explore Unknown Places
Make a list of the cities you would love to live in for a brief time. From California to New York, and everywhere in between, you can enjoy the places many may never get to see. How’s that for job satisfaction? Create your travel bucket list and then begin to cross a few of those places off!
Many nurses, therapists and pharmacists work and live in their hometown communities their entire lives. There’s nothing wrong with that of course, but if you travel, you can experience growth in your profession that you may never get if you choose to stay put. There are assignments in a wide variety of hospitals and specialty clinics, giving you a unique perspective on multiple places.
You will also have the opportunity to become a better communicator and gain independence while adapting to many different situations. The freedom you get as a healthcare traveler has a way of dimming the stress levels that typically come along with the learning curve too!
Okay, so it’s not all about money, but a little extra doesn’t hurt, right? In case you haven’t heard, many healthcare travelers travel for the cash. A typical travel nurse makes $65,000-$90,000 a year after taxes, depending on specialty and area of travel. If making good money, while meeting new people and visiting unfamiliar places sounds good to you, traveling may be the perfect fit! Be smart about the recruiter you choose to work with so you won’t have to pay for your housing or healthcare benefits!
More Me Time
During your assignment time, you will come to understand if the place you are working is the right fit for you. Being a traveler comes with the benefits of being able to test the waters of what clinical settings you like and what area you like to be in without getting your hands dirty! Working with a staffing agency gives you the opportunity to communicate with your recruiter if you want to stay or go after your assignment is over. They handle the rest.
Many hospitals offer 13-week assignments. If you are not sure where you want to end up working and living, 13 weeks is plenty of time to figure it out. If you hate the northern winter climate, you can take a 13-week assignment in a warmer climate, and vice versa. Unlike most of America’s working class, your personal life runs your work life. This is a great time for you to discover your likes, dislikes and make big career moves once you find your path. Traveling can be a full time career, or a gate way in discovering where you want to settle for good.
If you haven’t thought of the benefits of traveling, those were only a few. Talk to a recruiter at CareerStaff today so they can answer any additional questions you may have. Then you can start the job of your dreams, while following your travel dreams as well!
Mark Twain said it best when he said “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”