Have you “retired” from nursing and are thinking you’d like to return? Or did you take time off to take care of an ailing relative or raise children?
If you’re a licensed (current) RN and worked as a nurse professionally for at least two years before your hiatus, working as a travel nurse can be a great way for you to return to the profession.
Travel nurses work temporary assignments (the average length of a travel assignment is 13 weeks) at different hospitals or medical facilities. You could choose to go on assignments in your hometown or you could choose to take on duties in a facility across the state or the country.
Working as a traveler will get your nursing skills up to speed quite quickly again, as medical facilities expect travelers to need minimal training and to be of use quickly. (Often the only training is done on “how we do things here,” not on medical techniques, etc.)
We’ve found that nurses who haven’t worked in a while get up to speed quickly; your medical knowledge and training stays with you.
Working as a traveler will help you decide – and pronto! – if you want to return to a full-time position: you’ll have so many experiences in such a short while, you’ll be able to tell quickly if nursing is still the career for you.
Speaking of “so many experiences,” working as a traveling nurse will help you learn new techniques, skills, etc., much more quickly than a nurse who works in one facility. So much so that, should you decide to grow your travel career, or should you decide you want to take your new skills to one facility as a staff nurse, the portfolio of skills you will have picked up will undoubtedly impress any hiring manager.
You may decide that working as a part-time traveler suits you best. If you’d like to take on just a handful of assignments a year, you can do so. If you want to work on an assignment for 13 weeks, take off 13 weeks and then take on another 13-week assignment, that’s entirely up to you, as is working with a handful of travel staffing companies to pick and choose which assignments you wish to accept. (Please note: once you’ve accepted an assignment, it’s very unprofessional to renege on the assignment because a different service came up with a “better” one. Honor your commitments.)
Flexibility regarding where you work, and how often you work is the beauty of working as a nurse traveler. You’ll also make more per day than a staff nurse at a hospital (per diem rates for travelers are higher). You’ll learn more – and more quickly.
If you’ve been out of the nursing profession for a while and are thinking you’d like to test the waters regarding a comeback, contact a recruiter at MedPro Healthcare Staffing. We’d love to discuss how we can help you “return to the fold.” We look forward to hearing from you.