Many travel nurses with acute-care experience earn over $100,000 per year when all benefits and allowances are included. There are also several other benefits to being a travelling nurse.
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I have been a travel nurse for just a few months and am still learning day by day about the industry; so far, it is ok, and do like it; I stumbled across your interesting question that also aligned with a video I also stumbled across that discussed legislation for travel nurse cap pay; this would be a disturbing trend for travel nurses who are highly resourced health care staff to cover critical needs at various locations that other nurses will prefer not to go, this 2-hour streamed video is included that I am watching as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkE2yquGa7Y ; currently, travel nurses can make as much as 50%-75% more than stationary nurses; if you like the constant change of going to different worksites, working with different staff, and love to travel, this type of nursing could be worth it.
Traveling nursing is an official specialty within nursing (ANA, 2020; ATHNA, nd). Nurses have the opportunity to work in different settings such as within hospitals, outside of the hospital setting (for example in a nurse practitioner/provider/physician office), as a school nurse, directors, emergency/disaster situations, and more.
The nurse has the opportunity to work with different patient needs as the needs of patient in a city area can be different than those who live in rural areas. There is an opportunity to work with different healthcare teams, professionals, use healthcare equipment that may be available in one state and not in another state, and learn new skills.
There can be an opportunity to work in a setting for 1-week or extended time such as 6-months or more depending on the needs of the setting. The nurse would sign up to work for an agency and then the agency would offer different work environments/locations. Some agencies pay for where the nurse will live, their food, and travel. Commonly, the pay is more than average rates nurses earn due to the skills of the travel nurse who has versatility to work in different settings, is flexible, and adapts quickly to changing needs. The salary is also higher due to the potential inconveniences of traveling and potential to be away from home/family/loved ones.
For more information on travel nurses you can visit the nursing websites below.
American Nurses Association (2020). American Nurses Association Recognizes Travel Health Nursing as New Specialty Nursing Practice.
American Travel Health Nurses Association (nd). Home. https://www.athna.org/