Saving for Retirement: Options for Travel Nurses to Consider

Saving for Retirement: Options for Travel Nurses to Consider

Posted on Thursday, April 22, 2021 in Education & Career Advancement

Saving for retirement is an important part of any profession — travel nursing included. As tax season approaches, it’s a good time to dive into the options for retirement saving and go over some tips and insights that make it more accessible to those who aren’t already planning for the future. Here’s what you should know about various retirement plans and how to set down a good foundation for your golden years.
Nursing Podcasts to Keep You Company While You Travel

Nursing Podcasts to Keep You Company While You Travel

Posted on Monday, April 05, 2021 in Travel Nurse Tips

You might not always have time to binge-watch a TV show, and your schedule may not always permit live events. Many nurses have turned to podcasts as the next best thing for entertainment. Healthcare podcasts are booming in 2021, and no one benefits more from this content than travel nurses! Here’s a look at a few of the best nursing podcasts to plug into this year and take with you wherever you travel on assignment.
Where do Travel Nurses Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19?

Where do Travel Nurses Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19?

Posted on Thursday, March 11, 2021 in Industry News

As vaccination efforts gain momentum, front-line healthcare workers are lining up to get their inoculations. But where do travel nurses fit in? As travel nurses move from assignment to assignment, they might not know where or how to get vaccinated — or even where they should get their shots. Lack of federal oversight has left many travelers with questions. Thankfully, the medical community is taking charge to provide answers.
10 Lessons Learned About Personal Health During the Pandemic

10 Lessons Learned About Personal Health During the Pandemic

Posted on Thursday, February 18, 2021 in Healthy Living

For most of us, 2020 was a nonstop series of unexpected challenges, headaches, and uncertainties. Even if you didn’t come down with COVID-19, the pandemic still took a toll on your health. This is especially evident for travel nurses, who likely saw little downtime to manage their own health and wellness during the year. As we move into 2021, make sure you’re reflecting on the personal wellness lessons learned from our pandemic year in review.
Virtual Travel Nurse Communities Provide Support, Insight, and Opportunities for New Nurses

Virtual Travel Nurse Communities Provide Support, Insight, and Opportunities for New Nurses

Posted on Thursday, February 04, 2021 in Travel Nurse Tips

With the constant cycle of assignments that a full-time travel nurse takes on during the year, it can be difficult to form lasting friendships that transcend distance and scheduling. Yet, no nurse should feel alone. There are dozens of active travel nursing groups online, dedicated to bringing people together under a common, shared experience. If you’re feeling isolated and alone, consider joining one or more of these groups to make a few digital friends. Who knows — you might end up working alongside them one day!
A COVID-19 Vaccine is Finally Here. What Comes Next?

A COVID-19 Vaccine is Finally Here. What Comes Next?

Posted on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 in Industry News

The medical community has developed a COVID-19 vaccine in unprecedented fashion: from pandemic to panacea in roughly a year. But with the development of a viable vaccine comes a new set of challenges — namely, distribution. What comes next for the coronavirus vaccine? As front-line healthcare workers prepare to receive the first inoculations, they’re also preparing for the arduous journey to the end of the pandemic, one vaccine at a time.
Sage Advice From Seasoned Travel Nurses

Sage Advice From Seasoned Travel Nurses

Posted on Thursday, December 17, 2020 in Travel Nurse Tips

It can take a few contracts to get acclimated to travel nursing, but after a while you’ll develop your own ways and means. In fact, some of the best help you can get is from other travel nurses who have been in the field for years. A little bit of advice can go a long way, and can give you the confidence you need to embrace this special profession. Let’s take a look at some sage advice for new travel nurses, offered by those who have taken on more than a few contracts over the years.
8 Questions Travel Nurses Can and Should Ask During an Interview

8 Questions Travel Nurses Can and Should Ask During an Interview

Posted on Thursday, December 03, 2020 in Application & Interviews

Asking questions is the simplest way to get the information you need to feel informed. Often, one or two good questions can unlock a wealth of insight — especially if you’re about to accept a contract position at a travel nursing facility. Here’s a look at 8 questions any nurse can and should ask, and why it’s worth your while to ask them during the interview process.
2020 Was a Big Year for Travel Nursing; 2021’s Outlook is Similar

2020 Was a Big Year for Travel Nursing; 2021’s Outlook is Similar

Posted on Thursday, November 12, 2020 in Industry News

There’s always demand for nursing professionals somewhere in the United States. 2020 proves that, in the event of an emergency (or series of emergencies), travel nursing is invaluable in filling that need. There’s unprecedented demand for travel nurses this year and positions continue to be available across the country. It’s a trend we can look forward to in 2021 as the country weathers a combination of the pandemic, seasonal illness, weather, and more.
Should You Rent or Own Your Primary Residence as a Travel Nurse?

Should You Rent or Own Your Primary Residence as a Travel Nurse?

Posted on Thursday, October 15, 2020

Travel nursing takes you away for 13 weeks at a time, for multiple assignments per year. Many travel nurses spend very little time in one place! It begs the question: should you rent or own your tax home? There are benefits to both, but it largely depends on your personal outlook, financial situation, and preference. Here’s a rundown of why a travel nurse might choose one or the other.
Should Travel Nurses Own or Lease a Car ... or Even Have One at All?

Should Travel Nurses Own or Lease a Car ... or Even Have One at All?

Posted on Thursday, April 15, 2021 in Travel Nurse Tips

Does a travel nurse need a vehicle? It’s a good question to ask, and it raises even more questions surrounding the advantages of buying vs. leasing. Every travel nurse will need to make the decision for themselves, since every situation is different. There are pros and cons to owning vs. leasing, or even having a vehicle at all. Consider them all before you make a decision, and have confidence that it’s the right decision for your situation.
Common Questions Nurses Need to Answer About the COVID-19 Vaccine

Common Questions Nurses Need to Answer About the COVID-19 Vaccine

Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2021 in Industry News

The development of a COVID-19 vaccine has been nothing short of a medical marvel. It’s so unbelievable that, in fact, many people are having a hard time believing it. They’re suspicious of the vaccine and hesitant to get it. Nurses and other medical professionals are now faced with the arduous challenge of not only vaccinating the general public, but also dispelling the incorrect notions and misinformation that’s making people resistant to inoculation.
Nurses Must Be Aware of “Long-COVID”

Nurses Must Be Aware of “Long-COVID”

Posted on Thursday, March 04, 2021 in Industry News

While we’re learning more about COVID-19 every day, what’s still unknown are the long-term, lasting effects of the virus. As we enter year two of the pandemic, physicians are beginning to warn about possible complications from “long COVID,” a protracted bout with the virus that takes its toll on the immune system. As patients find themselves seeking medical attention months after a positive diagnosis, nurses need to consider the effects of long COVID.
A Roadmap to Vaccination: The Timeline for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

A Roadmap to Vaccination: The Timeline for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

Posted on Thursday, February 11, 2021 in Industry News

While a huge number of healthcare workers have already received their initial dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, it’s only the beginning of a massive rollout. There are hundreds of millions who still need vaccination, and it’s going to take a monumental effort to administer the vaccine at-scale. Hospitals are calling on travel nurses to prepare for the influx. To understand just how spectacular this effort is, it’s worth looking at the timeline for coronavirus vaccine administration.
8 Tips for First-Time Travel Nurses

8 Tips for First-Time Travel Nurses

Posted on Thursday, January 28, 2021 in Travel Nurse Tips

Thinking about becoming a travel nurse this year? It’s a great career track and one that can open many doors. As with any new adventure, the first step is the hardest. Here are a few tips to help get you ready for your first assignment.
Is 2021 the Year You Specialize?

Is 2021 the Year You Specialize?

Posted on Thursday, January 21, 2021 in Education & Career Advancement

Specialization is a great way to set yourself apart as a nurse — especially as a travel nurse. In the years ahead, demand for specialized nursing professionals will continue to rise, which means now is the time to think about choosing a specialty and following that career track. As you do, consider the benefits and opportunities that come with it. Are there any specialties you’re interested in, specifically? 2021 is the year to pursue them!
VMS, Direct, and MSP: Get to Know the 3 Types of Facilities That Accept Travel Nurses

VMS, Direct, and MSP: Get to Know the 3 Types of Facilities That Accept Travel Nurses

Posted on Thursday, December 10, 2020 in Healthcare Facilities

What’s the difference between a VMS and an MSP facility? Hospitals and healthcare facilities fill open staffing positions in different ways, and they rely on agencies to help them. For travel nurses seeking open positions, it’s worth knowing what goes on behind the scenes and how each procurement method affects contracts.
Self-Care On-the-Job: How to Treat Yourself Right Over Long Shifts

Self-Care On-the-Job: How to Treat Yourself Right Over Long Shifts

Posted on Thursday, November 19, 2020 in Healthy Living

Self-care is more than a buzzword. It’s more than a treat. It’s something every person should practice each and every day. For nurses especially, it’s vital to reduce stress, tension, and anxiety, and treat your mind and body right. The quality of care you’re able to provide is directly tied to your own wellbeing. Here are a few tips for practicing self-care at work, in little doses throughout the day.
Don’t Go to Work if You’re Symptomatic!

Don’t Go to Work if You’re Symptomatic!

Posted on Thursday, November 05, 2020 in On the Job

The more we learn about COVID-19, the more it becomes increasingly apparent that healthcare workers face a much higher risk of exposure — even with appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). Travel nurses and other medical professionals need to stay diligent in their self-evaluations and make sure they’re not coming to work if they’re showing symptoms of the virus. Travel nurses must safeguard their own health before they can deliver life-saving care to others. Sometimes, that’s as simple as staying home when symptomatic.
Here’s Why Every Travel Nurse Needs an Emergency Fund

Here’s Why Every Travel Nurse Needs an Emergency Fund

Posted on Thursday, October 08, 2020 in Travel Nurse Tips

It’s amazing how much anxiety is lifted when you don’t have to worry about where your next paycheck is coming from. Even better is having an emergency fund you can rely on for unexpected struggles. For travel nurses especially, it’s important to have an emergency fund to support you between assignments and in the event of an early termination. Here’s what you need to know about building an emergency fund the right way.
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