Reasons to be a Travel Nurse
There are countless reasons to become a travel LVN nurse, though it is not for everyone. A cooperative, go with the flow attitude and an adventuresome spirit will serve you well if you decide to pursue this goal. The advantages are many. For starters, travel nurses often make more than their permanent counter parts. That's because they're usually stop gap measures needed to maintain a certain level of care. If the hospital or hiring clinic didn't have a shortage, there would be no need to try to recruit new nurses. However, like in any economy, scarcity creates demand, demand creates opportunity, and the market price (otherwise known as your salary) is raised.
Just because you are earning more doesn't mean that other parts of your compensation will suffer either. Most travel nurses have their housing and travel expenses taken care of by the hiring agency (not the hospital but the group in charge of the nursing staff). Even better, they will be responsible for keeping your 401k payments up to date, retirement plans, sickness and vacation leave, etc. So in other words, you'll still be getting almost all of the benefits you would in a more traditional, static nursing job. Some agencies even provide a signing bonus as an added incentive.
Typically travel nurse assignments are short, anywhere from a month to six months. If you find that you have fallen in love with the assignment, opportunities usually do exist to make your position a permanent one. However, once you do so, you will lose some of the advantages you may have become accustomed to such as having your housing paid for, and getting an hourly bonus above that of the standard nurses. There are some negatives associate with being a travel nurse, and you should know about these before making the decision to become a travel LVN. Because you are new, and temporary, your coworkers may not treat you in the same manner they would someone expected to stick around. One may find him or herself stuck with the least enjoyable jobs and the most difficult patients, simply because of the low rank on the totem pole so to speak. Generally this depends on where the job is, so always try to do as much research as possible before signing on. In the grand scheme of things, being a travel LVN nurse is a fantastic opportunity and almost everyone is glad they tried it. If it doesn't work out, you can always go back to a permanent position.