3 Mistakes Travel Nurses Make When Choosing Where to Go

Feb 26, 2020

If you’re preparing to start your travel nursing assignment search, or just wondering what you need to consider when deciding whether travel nursing is right for you, we’ve compiled three mistakes that travel nurses should avoid.

Mistake #1: Thinking you’ll make more money no matter where you go

Travel nursing can be an extremely lucrative profession – if you’re smart about where you travel. Don’t expect to make more than a staff nurse, or take home more money through stipends, if you take a travel nursing assignment in Hawaii or Miami during the winter months. These assignments are extremely competitive, and they will often pay less than other assignments since hiring managers for these positions know many travelers would jump on the opportunity to work in these locations.

However, this also means that going to locations that aren’t as glamorous might net you more take-home pay at the end of the assignment. Check out the article here to learn more about choosing the right location for your next travel nursing adventure.

 

Mistake #2: Going to the first location your recruiter suggests

Your travel nurse recruiter should be your trusty sidekick on your travel nursing journey – they don’t want to tell you what to do. If you’re struggling to articulate what kind of travel nursing assignment you’re looking for, your recruiter will throw out ideas to you, but they don’t want to pressure you to take an assignment you don’t want.

Although it’s true that agencies have lucrative contracts with different facilities across the country, your recruiter wants to give you the best possible experience rather than make the most money off you. What would the agency rather have: a nurse who hates the assignment their recruiter pressured them to take and never takes another assignment with the agency, or a nurse who is happily placed on three or four contracts with the same recruiter where both of them have agreed upon what’s most important to the nurse? At Medical Staffing options, we believe the relationship between recruiter and nurse is the most important part of travel nursing, and we want to give nurses like you the best experiences possible.

As the nurse, you should make your desires known in terms of the travel nursing search. Let your recruiter know what you’re looking for, so they can find assignments that match what you want, rather than guessing. Your recruiter wants to make you happy – so don’t take an assignment that you’re not head over heels for. It will benefit both of you in the long run.

 

Mistake #3: Choosing a location you’re not licensed in

Nurse Licensing for states across the U.S. can range from a few days to a few months. If you’re trying to become a travel nurse in a state that has a lengthy nursing licensure process, you’ll want to acquire this licensure before inquiring about a travel nursing assignment in this state. Recruiters need to get people hired within days or weeks, and if you’re not available for an assignment until you’ve gotten your license in 2 months, you won’t be considered for travel nursing assignments in that time. Take the time to plan where you’d like to go and get your nursing license in those states, then pick up the phone to talk to recruiters about a travel nursing assignment. You’ll be a great candidate applying for a position with a license already in hand!

For more information on the travel nursing license requirements for each state, you can learn more by visiting our in-depth state pages, with information about travel nurse pay, average housing costs, and licensure requirements. Click below to select a state.

If there’s anything else you’d like to know about the travel nursing search, or the best travel nursing destinations available right now, click below to get in touch with an MSO recruiter:

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