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Even though travel nursing is an immensely rewarding career – both financially and emotionally - some nurses may shy away from choosing this path because of certain myths they may have heard. In reality, travel nursing offers exciting opportunities and rewarding avenues for growth.
Let us explain some of the myths about travel nursing we have heard:
1. Travel nurses don’t have a choice in the length of their assignment
While some nurses choose to travel more often than others, some assignments can be extended and others are contracted to last longer from the start. In addition, if you want to visit more destinations, Fastaff offers flexible-length assignments.
2. You can't travel with family
Many nurses travel with a spouse or children. Travel nurses are sometimes offered housing options that accommodate family members.
3. You can't travel with pets
Many housing options are also pet friendly. Just make it clear ahead of time you are bringing a pet.
4. Travel nurse companies choose your destinations
Travel nurses have complete control over where they go. Preferred locations are chosen from a list of openings.
5. All travel nurses are young
There is no age limit for a travel nurse, but Fastaff does require you to have at least 2 years of acute-care experience.
6. There is no stability in travel nursing
Nurses who consistently do an excellent job have no shortage of available assignments.
7. You miss holidays
Travel nurses do work on some holidays, but you can schedule around some holidays or invite family and friends to visit.
8. It's too hard for an older nurse to travel
Many travel nurses are advanced in their careers and their extensive experience is often a major asset.
9. Travel nurses never see their families
Family members can always visit a traveling nurse on assignment.
10. Travel nurses never get time off
The great thing about travel nursing is that you have control over how often you take assignments, and how many hours per week you work, depending on the assignment.
11. Travel nurses are not accepted by permanent staff
Most hospitals are short staffed and welcome any travel nurses with enthusiasm and gratitude.
12. Making friends as a travel nurse is too difficult
Anyone with a friendly personality and positive attitude can make friends in any city. And with new social networks, like MeetUp, you can find people who share your interests.
13. Travel nurses work around the clock
Shifts do not prevent having time to participate in normal activities outside of work. Like other hospitals, most shifts are 12 hours.
14. You never work close to home
Since you choose your assignment location, you can choose destinations close or far from home.
15. Multiple assignments look bad on a resume
Travel nursing strengthens a nurse’s resume. It shows you can adapt to working in many new places with new people.
16. Travel nurses regularly burn out
If you love being a nurse, you will never tire of helping patients receive the care they deserve.
See more travel nursing FAQs and learn about the ins and outs of this rewarding profession.