Within the nursing community, we saw nurses rapidly exiting their staff positions in 2020 for a chance at making significant money through travel nursing on COVID Units. Many are still starting travel nursing in the new year in the pursuit of sizeable paychecks.
The unfortunate problem with this mindset is that travel nurses often look at the big bucks they see in job ads, but fail to realize the price these jobs truly take on the person. Yes, you can make $10,000 per week for an assignment, but how many hours are you working, what are the conditions, is there adequate PPE?
Look before you Leap
New Crisis Agencies have popped up to meet the demands of eager travelers. Nurses jumped on the bandwagon only to realize that some agencies may not be what they seem. Unfortunately, there have been instances of misrepresented pay structures, bait and switch pay rates, no pay (!!), contract postponements and contract cancellations. The integrity of an agency is critical when starting travel nursing.
In recent years, we have seen a rise in both contract delays and canceled contracts. With the pandemic, these are becoming more and more of a problem. The NEED for nurses is there, but the agencies and vendors are so overwhelmed that it is hard to get things started on the right foot. I have been a traveler for almost 18 years, and have NEVER seen rates like this.
So, you’re still anxious to start the travel adventure in 2021. Let’s talk about the five most important things to know when starting travel healthcare.
Have a financial safety net
Know where you are living
Anticipate communication challenges
Hit the ground running / do your homework
Keep your credentials organized
Still Not Sure about Travel Health?
If you’re still not sure whether travel healthcare is right for you, Check out TravelNursingNewbies.com. There’s a nine-part video series on how to get started in travel healthcare.
Have faith. You CAN have a successful career in travel healthcare AND make the money you desire. You can even confidently do this by preparing yourself by using available resource like Kamana’s digital profile and Travel Nursing Newbies videos to get you started.
Remember, be professional, stay open to learning, save patient lives, pay off debts, and enrich your passion for helping others!