Travel Nursing VS Staff Nursing: Benefits

Updated: Sep 22

Perks of Being a Nurse Traveler

​One of the most prominent benefits of being a travel nurse is having a stable, highly in-demand career with the opportunity to travel all over the country, and even the world. But wait, there’s more!

A Flexible Schedule

One of the most beautiful aspects of travel nursing is you get to decide when, where, and for how long your next assignment will be. You can take as long of a break as you need in-between assignments or simply hop from one assignment to the next, the choice is yours. Assignments vary in length, but the most popular length is 13-weeks. Some assignments also offer the flexibility to arrange for longer weekend and shorter work weeks.

Extremely Well Compensated

Of course none of this would be fun if you weren’t making a ton of money doing it. Did you know the average Next Move travel nurse earns around $100K each year? Travel nurses are given a unique opportunity to earn more than their staff nurse counterparts – in part because they’re filling in for a nurse shortage but also because they have the backing of travel nurse agencies, like Next Move, who go to bat for them to ensure they are getting the best compensation package possible.

The Travel Bug

Now, what’s travel nursing without a little bit of travel thrown in for fun? Living in a different city every few months means there will always be new and exciting things to try, foods to eat, places to visit, and interesting locals to meet! While moving around so often isn’t for everyone, it does come with some unique built-in personality builders like gaining more confidence and some career enhancing knowledge like learning about how nursing varies in different cities, hospitals, and healthcare facilities and what it’s like to work in a non-profit vs. for-profit or a trauma center vs. a community hospital.

Learning Mad Skills Beyond Nursing


One of the cool things about travel nursing is you’ll get to develop skills you simply wouldn’t have had the opportunity to learn as a staff nurse. Take for example the fact that you can gain experience in different types of ICUs and patient experiences that you simply wouldn’t get if you were at the same hospital day in and day out.  By encountering an assortment of different people and situations in a healthcare setting, you’ll also learn to adapt by developing your critical thinking and communication skills.  Not to mention the skills you’ll learn by getting acquainted with a new city, finding your way around and making new friends. A People Person

If you’re a people person, then by golly, this is the job for you. As travel nurses move from facility to facility, they’re given endless opportunities to meet and connect with people from all walks of life. Not only does this provide them with a broadened perspective on life, but it also increases their network of healthcare professionals. You never know where one connection might lead! Job Security – Growth Opportunities


As we all know, there’s a nursing shortage and an endless demand for skilled nurses. In addition to the high compensation rate (the average nurse at Next Move earns close to a $100K a year) travel nursing helps your career in the long run as well. You’ll be exposed to many sides of the nursing profession and get to view it from different angles throughout your various assignments. Not only will this help you pinpoint the direction you’d like your nursing career to take but also give you a multitude of options to choose from when you decide to advance your career.


Refer Your Nursing Friends

If you’re a nurse, and you must be if you got this far, think about making a nurse referral to Next Move! Not only will you help your friends and colleagues find great jobs but you’ll also be able to earn up to $3,500 cash! We pay $500 for each and every referral, and $1,500 for the 5th referral. Want to make a referral today? Click here.


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