Travel Nurse Job Description
Travel nurse is a registered nurse who is qualified to provide nurse care on a short-term basis. They must travel locally or nationally to work on a short time assignment filling in empty positions at different healthcare organizations.
Their main duties are to treating patients, giving advice and mental support to patients’ family members. Treating patients also means that you do the record of medical histories and symptoms, to make diagnostic tests, and administer medications.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for nursing jobs is projected to grow by 23 percent through 2016, which is faster than average. Travel nurse will still in high need of hospitals and clinics that need to fill in places for shortage in nursing staff.
Travel Nurse Salary
Travel nurse salary depend on various factors such as experience, geographic location, and qualifications. Travel nurse might expect to earn a range of $80,000 to $90,000 per annual, provided with accommodation. Income is higher in places with the highest cost of living including New York, Chicago San Francisco and places in the metropolitan areas. Yet, this does not include all the benefits and perks that travel nurse can receive on top of salary
Benefits and Perks
The travel nurse salary is lucrative but the benefits are great as well. The advice is to register with the right travel nurse recruitment agency. You can expect to reap some serious benefits such as free, luxury housing, health insurance, reimbursement of travel expenses and discounted commodities including free cell phone service and roadside assistance. Other benefits that increase your total earning, is bonuses. The starting bonus for registering with a recruitment agency fluctuates but can be as great as $5000 or more. Referral bonuses also vary but often around $500 per referral. In the end, with the salary range of $80,000 to $90,000 bonus all of the great benefits you can expect to earn somewhere between $100,000 to $110,000.
Formal requirement for travel nurses is to have 2 or 4-year programs. Make sure that the programs are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. After achieving your career training, you will have to take the exams from the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses.