What is Travel Nursing?

What is Travel Nursing?


[MUSIC PLAYING] Hello guys. My name’s Nurse Nacole from
the YouTube nursing series, #CarChronicles, and I
partnered with Nursing.org to give you some insight
and some advice when you’re doing travel nursing. The very first question is how
flexible is travel nursing? Where and when can you travel? And in my experience
as a travel nurse, you can go just about anywhere. Currently, I am doing
kind of regional travel here in the Central
Florida area, but I have applied to places to
do work in Colorado, Seattle, and California. You can do travel nursing
nationally in various states. You just have to find
a staffing agency that works with your needs and
the things that you require. It’s really that simple, but
there are tons of assignments out there for ICU,
med-surg, psyche, and OR nationally across the board so
that you can find a job that matches, again, your needs. Question number two. What is the hard part
of travel nursing? And that is really you just
missing your regular things that you did in your hometown
and missing your family. You know, I love eating
at certain places, and sometimes when I do
my travel assignments the whole area is new to me. I don’t know where
anything is, so that unfamiliarity of the
atmosphere is a bit stressful. And on top of that, you’re
missing your family. I miss my husband
and my son when I go on travel assignments. We kind of Face Time
as much as we can, but again that closeness
is still lacking. Question 3 is in my
opinion, are travel nurses usually happy with
their decisions? And in my experience
that is 100% yes. When you pick a
travel assignment you obviously
determine the location. The pay is usually negotiated. Lodging and compensation, again,
is something that’s negotiated. When travel nurses
pick their assignments, they are in 100% control
of the outcome of whether or not they go. I’ve never met a
travel nurse who said he or she was
forced to do something or they were at a location
that they did not sign up for. Again, the condition and
the terms are set by you. And that’s why I really
like travel nursing, because you get a ton of
say in what you’ll accept, where you’ll go and really,
how the overall experience is going to be. The next question is how do
you find a travel nursing job? And what I did was I
googled the information. I googled travel nursing. Where I work now,
a couple of nurses do travel nursing
so I asked them and got some recommendations. Obviously, I would go
with the recommendations first, because if
you trust that person and they love the establishment,
why not go straight there. But if you don’t have
any recommendations, I would definitely
check out Google. There are tons and tons
of travel companies and establishments
out there that offer really great benefits. And that’s another thing that
people fail to ask about. When you’re doing a
travel assignment, sometimes they
offer health care. Sometimes there is a
401K and sick days. You have to ask that. The next question is,
what should a person look for when they do inquire
about a travel company as a nurse? And again, it comes back down
to the benefits and the options. If you only want to
work in California and this job only has
assignments in Colorado, it’s not going to work. So definitely find out what
locations this establishment usually works with. Some places only
work in Florida. Some companies only
do business in Texas. Find out that before you get
too wrapped up in the process. And again, you have to
ask about those benefits. Do you offer, you know, paid
sick leave or a 401K or health insurance? Just because you’re
a travel nurse does not mean that
these companies do not offer these benefits,
but you have to ask. The next question
is what should you avoid when you’re
looking for a travel company or an assignment? And my number one tip
would be avoid places that are very big on information. If I’m applying to
a company, I want to know how much I’m
going to get paid. I don’t want to know ranges
or roundabout answers. I want to know exactly. If you have all my
information and I’ve completed all these
competency exams and my backgrounds
came back and I’m going to be ready to fly across
the nation to go somewhere, why can’t you tell me how
much I’m going to get paid. You also should know your
pay rate and the taxes that you’re going to
have to pay if any. When you go to
these assignments, some places do the
taxes up front, they do them on the back end. You know, when do you get paid? Do you get paid weekly? Do you get paid bi-weekly? These are tons of
questions you’re going to have to iron out. And some places that
are scams lead people on and that’s a no no. So again, when you’re looking
for an agency or an assignment, make sure that they’re
able to give you specifics before you uproot your life
and go travel across the world. The final question is tips that
have helped me as a traveler and when I work agency. And that would be to
make sure that you have some type of
orientation, meaning that when you start
on these floors it’s already stressful
enough because you don’t know where anything is. If you have to come an hour
early to orient yourself to the floor, do that. Make sure you talk to the
management about pass codes and getting an entry
and clocking in and things like that. Try to iron all those things
out before you clock in and you’re required
to do something, because that is really
going to be super stressful. And that’s sometimes
a big deterrent to people who want
to do agency– the stressfulness of that first
day and that first orientation. So again, my number
one tip would be to go an hour or two
early, walk around the unit, try to get that layout,
that orientation that you need to be successful overall. Well guys, that’s it. Be sure to read more
about the travel nursing section on Nursing.org and stay
tuned for more videos from me! with nursing.org.

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