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.
Good Charting Can Reduce Nursing Liabilities. Here are 5 Tips to Keep in Mind.

Good Charting Can Reduce Nursing Liabilities. Here are 5 Tips to Keep in Mind.

Posted on Thursday, October 01, 2020 in On the Job

Every nurse goes through extensive training to understand and avoid accidents and mistakes that can bring liability upon themselves and their hospital. Charting is an area rife with pitfalls. Even if you’ve been charting for years, there’s still opportunity for human error. Here’s what every nurse needs to remember about charting liabilities and how to develop good habits that minimize them for you and the hospital you’re staffing at.
Nurses Need to be Mindful of Foot, Back, and Neck Health

Nurses Need to be Mindful of Foot, Back, and Neck Health

Posted on Thursday, September 10, 2020 in Healthy Living

You wouldn’t classify nursing as a traditional manual labor job, like you might construction, carpentry, or mining. But nursing definitely takes a toll on the body! Nurses are prone to foot, back, and neck pain – problems that only get worse if they’re not properly addressed. Listen to your body and provide the support and relief it needs to keep you active, agile, and pain-free on-the-job! You might be surprised to find out it’s as easy as buying the right shoes and stretching every now and then.
Are You Ready to Travel Again or do You Need More Time?

Are You Ready to Travel Again or do You Need More Time?

Posted on Thursday, August 20, 2020 in On the Job

One of the best things about travel nursing is having control over your assignments. You can pick where you want to go and when you take an assignment. It’s important for nurses to think about how they want to approach their travel nursing career. Do you want to take a string of assignments one after the other and stay busy? Or, do you need some time in between to digest and get ready for the next one? Neither option is wrong, and both are worth considering.
Near or Far? A Look at Accepting Assignments Close to Home and Far Away

Near or Far? A Look at Accepting Assignments Close to Home and Far Away

Posted on Thursday, August 06, 2020 in On the Job

Travel nursing can take you across the country, from city to city, wherever there’s a need for qualified nurses in your position. Some nurses prefer to stay in-state or regional, never far from home. Others can’t wait to hop a plane and touchdown at a brand-new destination to start their assignment. What kind of travel nurse are you?
10 Apps That Belong on Every Travel Nurse’s Smartphone

10 Apps That Belong on Every Travel Nurse’s Smartphone

Posted on Thursday, July 16, 2020 in Travel Nurse Tips

There are tens of thousands of apps out there, each promising a different benefit for users. Your phone is probably full of them already! But which ones are most important to you as a travel nurse? Here’s a look at 10 apps that make life as a travel nurse easier, by helping you keep a clear head and keen focus while you’re on assignment.
Travel Nursing by the Numbers in 2020 and Beyond

Travel Nursing by the Numbers in 2020 and Beyond

Posted on Thursday, June 18, 2020 in Industry News

If travel nursing is something that’s of interested to you, but you’ve never taken the leap, now’s the time! The statistics for travel nursing show that it’s an industry growing bigger by the year, and there’s more demand for nurses than ever before. Here’s a look at the industry from a numbers perspective, to put some context to the allure of travel nursing as a profession. The more you know!
What Happens When You Get Sick on Assignment?

What Happens When You Get Sick on Assignment?

Posted on Thursday, June 04, 2020 in On the Job

Nurses need to take care of their health for the sake of themselves, their patients, and their coworkers. That means bed rest until the contagion has passed and your health is back in good standing. Most nurses can take sick leave, paid time off (PTO), or personal days to recover — but travel nurses don’t always have these options. What can you do if you become seriously ill while on assignment?
Occupational Licensing Laws Suspended During COVID-19 Pandemic

Occupational Licensing Laws Suspended During COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted on Thursday, May 14, 2020 in Industry News

In ordinary times, not every state recognizes the enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC), which can make it hard for travel nurses to take assignments in certain locations. But we’re not in ordinary times. The fast-moving COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated the demand for nurses, regardless of borders. Occupational licensing laws have been suspended, allowing nurses from all over the country to answer the call for qualified healthcare workers amidst this pandemic.
Nurses Need to Stay Focused and Mindful During Coronavirus Pandemic

Nurses Need to Stay Focused and Mindful During Coronavirus Pandemic

Posted on Thursday, April 23, 2020 in On the Job

Few people in the healthcare profession have ever dealt with anything as chaotic or demanding as a pandemic outbreak. For many nurses, it’s simply overwhelming. It’s important for nurses to find stability and treat themselves right during these unprecedented circumstances — for their own health and the health of their patients. Here are a few things any nurse can practice to help stay balanced, focused, and healthy as we fight to #FlattenTheCurve.
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.
The Pros and Cons of a Float Position While Travel Nursing

The Pros and Cons of a Float Position While Travel Nursing

Posted on Thursday, September 17, 2020

Repetition and routine are part of what make nurses comfortable in high-stress positions. The trade-off for this consistency is a lack of exposure to new situations and scenarios; and it’s precisely for this reason that many travel nurses opt to get outside their comfort zone with a float position. Float positions come with broad opportunities to learn new skills and work in new areas. For many nurses, it’s one of the quickest, most exciting ways to build out their capabilities and grow professionally. Is a float position right for you?
Pandemic in Perspective: COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise

Pandemic in Perspective: COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise

Posted on Thursday, September 03, 2020 in Industry News

You wouldn’t classify nursing as a traditional manual labor job, like you might construction, carpentry, or mining. But nursing definitely takes a toll on the body! Nurses are prone to foot, back, and neck pain – problems that only get worse if they’re not properly addressed. Listen to your body and provide the support and relief it needs to keep you active, agile, and pain-free on-the-job! You might be surprised to find out it’s as easy as buying the right shoes and stretching every now and then.
What Travel Nurses Need to Know About Tax Homes

What Travel Nurses Need to Know About Tax Homes

Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2020 in Travel Nurse Tips

Taxes are complicated and few people look forward to doing them. That feeling of dread only gets worse when you find out that you owe taxes! It’s why many travel nurses hand off their taxes to a professional, and why establishing a tax home is so important. Don’t worry, it’s not as complicated as it sounds. In fact, it might just be the easiest way to avoid headaches on your taxes this year and for years to come.
“At My Hospital, We Do It This Way,” and Other Phrases to Avoid as a Travel Nurse

“At My Hospital, We Do It This Way,” and Other Phrases to Avoid as a Travel Nurse

Posted on Thursday, July 23, 2020

There are some things better left unsaid. As a travel nurse, it can be difficult to realize the difference between an offhanded comment and a one that’s perceived as rude. Conscious communication is important. Think before you talk and consider how even simple statements might come off to others. It’s the simplest way to avoid conflict with the staff you’ll be working with for the next 13 weeks.
From Telemedicine to Social Distancing, Healthcare Looks Different in the Post-Pandemic World

From Telemedicine to Social Distancing, Healthcare Looks Different in the Post-Pandemic World

Posted on Thursday, July 09, 2020 in Industry News

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a lot of changes, and some things will never be the same. In the healthcare field, many of the innovations made during the pandemic will not only stick around, they’ll evolve into new practices. Amidst it all, travel nursing will play an important role in getting the healthcare industry back to some semblance of normalcy.
Handling Unfair Stigmas as a Travel Nurse

Handling Unfair Stigmas as a Travel Nurse

Posted on Thursday, June 11, 2020 in Travel Nurse Tips

Not all hospital staff members are happy to get help from a travel nurse. They may see travel nurses as an outsider or an annoyance. That doesn’t change your job or your mission as a caregiver, however, but it can create friction for the duration of your assignment. Here’s how to subtly shift the perception of staff who might have preconceived notions about travel nurses, who hold a grudge, or cop an attitude without getting to know you first.
Nurses Take Precautions to Prevent COVID-19 Transmission

Nurses Take Precautions to Prevent COVID-19 Transmission

Posted on Thursday, May 21, 2020 in On the Job

Although it’s nearly impossible to avoid COVID-19 in a hospital, nurses and other healthcare professionals need to be extra cautious about limiting their exposure. Viral load may play a big part in the severity of the condition, which puts healthcare workers at-risk. Here’s what nurses can and should do to limit exposure, minimize the spread of the contagion, and keep themselves as healthy as possible.
How Does a Pandemic Start and Why Does it Spread so Quickly?

How Does a Pandemic Start and Why Does it Spread so Quickly?

Posted on Thursday, May 07, 2020 in Industry News

For many people, COVID-19 is their first encounter with a highly infectious disease. In fact, it’s likely to be the biggest pandemic most people will experience in their lifetime. Few things spread so quickly and are so dangerous, which has many people questioning how an outbreak in China became a catalyst for global shutdown. Here’s a look at how pandemics start and why they spread so rapidly.
Demand for Travel Nurses Skyrockets Amidst COVID-19

Demand for Travel Nurses Skyrockets Amidst COVID-19

Posted on Thursday, April 16, 2020 in Industry News

Medical professionals across the country have mobilized to fight the spread of COVID-19. For travel nurses, that means a massive uptick in assignments that take them wherever there’s a shortage of nursing staff. From outbreak epicenters to at-risk rural communities, there’s a call to action for travel nurses amidst this historic pandemic. Many nurses have already answered the call, and still more will. Sense of duty, opportunity to help, and increased pay are all driving factors behind many nurses’ decision to take a new assignment.
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