Pros and Cons of Traveling Healthcare Jobs
With every profession come pros and cons. There are always going to be things you absolutely love, and maybe some things you wouldn’t mind changing!
Traveling healthcare jobs are no different. While there many advantages to being a traveling nurse or therapist, there are also some challenges. Let’s examine a few of the pros and cons of travel nursing:
Pros of being a travel nurse or therapist:
Gain great experience.
Whether you’re relatively new to the healthcare profession or are a veteran, travel healthcare will open your eyes to a wealth of new experiences. You’ll see how different facilities are managed. You’ll have the opportunity to work in a variety of fields of your choosing. And, you’ll learn some amazing things from all the different practitioners you’ll work with.
Find your niche.
Along with trying a variety of different fields of medicine, you’ll determine what you like, and what you don’t. Through trying different fields, you can pinpoint your area of expertise and focus on an area of medicine that suits you.
Let’s face it, many healthcare professionals get into travel because of the pay. Many traveling jobs pay outstanding wages and offer housing allowances. This allows you to rake in an outstanding salary in a short amount of time!
As a travel nurse, you’ll get to see and stay in places that you’ve always wanted to. You can work with your recruiter to build a wish list and spend time in some of our nation’s top destinations.
Cons of being a travel nurse or therapist:
Yep, it’s both a pro and a con. With each new assignment comes the relocation and getting all of your belongings to the new destination. The key is to travel light and only bring along the things you really need to.
Getting acclimated to a new setting.
With each new assignment, there will be an adjustment period. You have to get acclimated to your new position, the facility, and new co-workers. It can be intimidating at first but after a few assignments, you’ll learn some tricks to make this less of an issue.
Finding your next assignment.
Being on a temporary contract can bring along with it some level of uncertainty. So, it’s important to work closely with your recruiter/travel agency to line up your next assignment well in advance.
With constant travel, it can be a challenge to establish roots and build personal relationships. It’s important to know this going in, so that you can plan appropriately and ensure the travel doesn’t put a strain on your personal life. And remember, one of the benefits of traveling is meeting new people and making new friends!