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RN to BSN students: Is travel nursing right for you?

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While many students pursuing an RN to BSN program chose nursing as a career, because it offers remarkably stable financial and employment opportunities, there are some students who chose it for adventure.

And that’s where travel nursing comes in.

According to Wikipedia:

Travel nursing is a nursing assignment concept that developed in response to the nursing shortage. This industry supplies nurses who travel to work in temporary nursing positions, mostly in hospitals. While travel nursing traditionally refers specifically to the nursing profession, it can also be used as a blanket term to refer to a variety of travel healthcare positions, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, and even doctors and dentists.[1]

Reasons cited for pursuing travel nursing opportunities include higher pay, professional growth and development, and personal adventure. Travelers typically select from one or more recruitment agencies to act as intermediaries between the traveler and hospitals or other potential employers, but may also work as an Independent Contractor (IC). Agencies may submit applications for numerous positions concurrently on behalf of a traveler. No single agency has access to all travel opportunities.

Travel nurses often receive high pay and their housing is often provided by the agency or they are offered a stipend to find their own housing during the contract. Travel nurses have almost unlimited destination potential. Alvernia graduates can start in Pennsylvania, move close by to New York or even travel across the country.

There are endless options of travel nursing agencies, so do your research if you decide that you want to be a travel nurse.

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