Six Experiences You’ll Miss, Without a Traveling Nurse Job

May 13, 2019 | Clinician Stories

Every day, in cities and towns across the country, thousands of RNs bring compassion and expertise to their traveling nurse jobs. They know the rewards of working where they’re needed most and the thrills of life on the road.

1. Leave It All Behind

2. Fall In Love With Unexpected Places

Aya travel nurses Sam and Annette fondly remember their NYC Apartment. Sam gushes, “It had a rooftop view of the whole skyline!” She said of the experience, “Every day we’d go out there and think ‘oh my gosh.’ We’d never have lived in Manhattan if we didn’t do travel nursing, I can tell you that much.”

Ask Rachel how she ended up travel nursing in the Buckeye State and she’ll say, “Really, Dayton chose me. If you told me a year ago that I’d be working in Ohio, I would have thought you were crazy. But that’s what makes it such a great experience. The best thing about travel nursing is that we get to go places we might never choose on our own.”

3. Take (lots of) Time Off Between Traveling Nurse Jobs

For Bealie, travel nursing = epic road trips. She’s driven from San Diego to San Francisco, hitting every bit of California in between, with her ENTIRE family in tow (they all come with her on assignment, mom and siblings included!).

Bealie says, “Any time I was free we would venture off. There was too much to see. And with the money I saved while working in California I was able to visit my friend in Korea. I don’t think there’s another job where you can take a month off like that.”

4. Learn New Surgical Procedures

Glenn raves that his traveling nurse jobs afford the opportunity to participate in new clinical techniques, like the “cool” cutting-edge virtual reality technology that he saw San Francisco neurosurgeons use to “essentially walk through the patient’s brain to get a better look at the pathology and sensitive areas such as nerves, blood vessels and tissue prior to surgery.”

In Dallas, he marveled as ROSA robots implanted EEGs, cutting the standard operating time in half. “That’s what I like most about travel nursing,” he says. I’m building a tool kit of skills that I’m taking from all of these assignments and making myself, and my practice as an OR nurse, better.”

5. Discover New Hobbies

Two years ago, Mike decided to give travel nursing a try. Around that time, a Facebook ad for climbing Mt. Hood caught his eye. He hadn’t been hiking before, but nevertheless decided to conquer the 11,000+ foot peak immediately. He bought some gear, called up a friend and asked, “Want to do something weird right now?”

Hiking hooked Mike instantly, and he’s grateful that travel nursing allows him the flexibility to attempt the ever-expanding list of peaks he wants to summit: Mt. Fuji in Japan this summer, the Andes in 2020 and, since he’s headed back to California for his next assignment, all six of the 6-peak challenge fame.

6. Make Big Money

It’s not the primary goal of all our travel nurses, but if putting money in your pocket is something that interests you, there are many high-paying traveling nurse jobs that can help. Just ask Sky and Lydia, who paid off their debt in six months.

When they were staff nurses, Lydia says “Sky was working overtime, nights and weekends; I was working Monday through Friday. We didn’t have a single day together. We were in debt and didn’t have the tools to meet our financial goals. So, we sold our house and contacted Aya. It’s hands down the best decision we’ve made as a couple. Tomorrow’s a big day for us. It’s the paycheck that pays off the last of the debt we’ve been trying to get rid of for six years.”

To sum up what most of our travel nurses say when asked if they think their colleagues should give travel nursing a shot, we turn to Carl and Bryan. As Carl says, “We wish we’d done it sooner,” Bryan interjects “Yeah! Tell people to get out there and do it.”

Ready to join this happy crowd? Apply for a traveling nurse job today.

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