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/
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.
See more details here: https://www.hosthealthcare.com/blog/20-benefits-of-travel-nursing/ .