When exploring a career change to travel nursing many RNs may wonder if they should pursue becoming an independent nurse contractor. Can you travel nurse without a travel nurse agency and will you make more money by doing so? The bottom line is: Yes! But there are some catches.
Independent Nurse Contractor: Should you travel without an agency?
Before I started traveling, I of course heard all the horror stories about how travelers were treated poorly and given crappy assignments – but that hasn’t been my experience at all. In fact – I enjoyed my first assignment so much – I’ve already signed a couple extensions at the same hospital. And I’m actually working days, after working nights for 5 years. So it’s really nice to have this experience for the first time.
Interviews with Travel Nurses: Welcome to “Travel Nurse Interviews,” a series where we introduce you to some of the travel nurses that work for Next Move Inc. This week we’d like to introduce you to Samantha D, an LPN with a specialty in neurology, over 4-years of experience who has been traveling for the last
A year and a half into the Covid-19 pandemic, and with the new Delta variant on the scene, many of our travelers have asked what to expect in the coming months? What specialties will be in high demand? Do we expect a flu outbreak this year? And of course – what geographic locations do we expect to see an increase in demand for travel nurses?
“I think I made the switch from staff to travel nursing as a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic. When covid hit – my mental health was at an all-time low. At that time, I really felt like I had lost a lot of control over many things in my life. So when I started
I wish I could say I became a travel nursing because of a desire to help others. That has truly been a bonus that I didn’t realize was going to be a part of this job when I decided to make the choice to become a nurse. The truth is I was a very young mother, married and divorced by the time I was 23 and I had a family to support. I come from a small town that doesn’t have a lot of job opportunities and I was looking for a job that would provide some stability for me and my family. I wanted a job that I could take anywhere, that I could go anywhere with and that would always be there. I wanted to do something I could be proud of and do something that not everybody could do. So, I became a nurse! And 16 years later, I still love being a nurse, even more so than ever before. Especially now that I’ve been traveling and seeing other nurses, this was a good step that I needed in my career.
The thing that sold me on Next Move was knowing that many of the recruiters are former travel nurses themselves. They really know firsthand what to look for and ask for when signing a contract and could preempt any sort of hiccup a first time traveler might experience.
~Jessica, ICU RN
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Because of a sense of loyalty I felt to my hospital, which had given me so much over the last few years, I stayed onboard. But after about 8-months I decided I had fulfilled my duty to my hospital, and it was time to go learn something new – so I signed up with Next Move as a travel nurse and have never looked back.
We recently surveyed all our Next Move nurses to get a feel, in real-time, of what they love about travel nursing, what they hate, and what we as the best travel nurse agency in the Midwest, can do to help.
The survey brought some insight to the team and we’d like to address it with you directly today:
Are travel nurses treated poorly by hospital staff?
Have you heard about local travel nursing contracts? Chances are if you’re an RN you’ve (at bare minimum) considered travel nursing and chances are even though the high salaries may have seemed tempting – you just couldn’t imagine leaving home for 13-weeks at time. Perhaps you have familial responsibilities such as young children or aging
As a travel nurse agency, you may think it a bit odd that we’re encouraging you to take a vacation – but as a nurse first, and nurse powered* agency, we are acutely aware of the negative effects of working one contract after another and never reaping the benefits of taking a vacation. *Next Move
Nurse burnout is a real and growing problem within the U.S. healthcare system due in part to long hours, increased responsibilities and low pay. We’ve all heard the statistics that RNs are leaving the profession at an alarming rate largely due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent ramifications of that, resulting in increased