11 Travel Nursing Myths Debunked: The Truth about This Exciting Profession

Are you considering a career in Travel Nursing? If so, you may have heard some myths about the profession.

In this blog post, we will debunk those myths and give you the truth about Travel Nursing.

After reading this post, you will know everything you need to know about Travel Nursing and whether or not it is the right career for you!

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Top 11 Myths about Travel Nursing

  1. Travel Nursing is only for nurses with a lot of experience.
  2. Travel Nurses always have to move around.
  3. Travel Nurses are away from home all the time.
  4. Travel Nursing is dangerous and risky.
  5. Travel Nurses can only work 13-week assignments.
  6. Travel Nurses are not qualified to work in certain areas.
  7. Travel nurses can’t travel with family or pets.
  8. Travel Nurse Companies get to choose your destination.
  9. Travel Nurses always get “bad” patient assignments
  10. Travel nurses always have to float
  11. Travel nurses regularly burn out.

Myth #1: Travel nursing is only for nurses with a lot of experience

Travel Nursing is a great career choice for nurses of all experience levels. Whether you are a new graduate with a year of experience or an experienced nurse with 20 years, Travel Nursing offers many opportunities.

It is important that you are able to practice independently as a travel nurse since you will only receive one to two shifts of orientation. As long as you feel ready for a limited orientation and hit the floor running nursing, you are set to begin the search into travel nursing.

Myth #2 Travel nurses always have to move around

This myth is simply not true! Travel nurses can choose to stay in one area depending on availability for their entire assignment with extensions if they want. The limit for tax purposes is you cannot stay at the same hospital for more than 12 months. You are considered staffing if you stay longer.

Of course, some travel nurses do choose to move around from assignment to assignment to experience new places. Travel nursing gives you the opportunity to live in many different parts of the country (or world) and experience a variety of cultures, people, and climates.

Myth #3 Travel nurses are away from home all the time

This myth is also not true! Travel nurses can choose assignments that are close to home if they want. There is a 50-mile minimum limit rule that most travel nursing agencies follow. This rule states that the travel nurse position must be more than 50 miles from your current location in order for the position to be considered travel.

This limit is in place so that you can still maintain your current lifestyle while working as a travel nurse within a reasonable distance. You can live at home, keep your car, and still have time for your family and friends while working as a travel nurse!

Travel nursing also gives you the opportunity to take assignments that are in other parts of the country or world.

Myth #4 Travel nursing is dangerous and risky

Travel nursing is not dangerous or risky if you take the necessary precautions. Travel nurses should always research their assignment destination before they arrive. It is important to be aware of the crime rate in the area, as well as any political unrest that may be occurring.

In addition, travel nurses should always have travel insurance in case of any unforeseen events. Travel insurance will protect you in the event that you have to cancel your assignment due to an emergency, or if you get sick or injured while on assignment.

Myth #5 Travel nurses can only work 13-week assignments

This myth is not true! Travel nurses can work both short-term, standard term, and long-term assignments.

Standard term assignments are usually 13 weeks in length but can be longer or shorter depending on the needs of the facility.

Short-term or Crisis Contract assignments can be as short as one week or as long as 13 weeks.

Long-term assignments can be 26 weeks in length or longer.

The length of the assignment is usually determined by the needs of the facility and the availability of the travel nurse.

Myth #6 Travel Nurses are not qualified to work in certain areas

Travel nurses traditionally make more money than staff nurses.

Travel nurses are highly qualified and experienced nurses who are able to work in a variety of medical settings with little to no direction/training. Travel nurses often have specialty certifications and experience in multiple areas of nursing.

Travel nurses are able to work in all capacities including Labor and Delivery, Cath Lab, Neonatal ICU, Operating Room, Med/Surg, etc.

Myth #7 Travel nurses can't travel with family or pets

Travel nurses can travel with family or pets if they choose.

Travel nursing gives you the opportunity to live in many different parts of the country (or world) and experience a variety of cultures, people, and climates.

Travel nurses can also take their families and pets with them on assignments, or travel to places where their families or pets can visit them.

Typically assignments by travel nurses are chosen based on what the area has to offer and whether it is pet-friendly.

Myth #8 Travel Nurse Companies get to choose your destination

Travel nurses can choose their assignments based on their preferences.

Travel nurse companies will typically provide a list of available assignments to the travel nurse. The travel nurse can then choose the assignments that they are interested in being submitted for.

Travel nurses can also request specific locations or types of assignments. Travel nurse companies will do their best to accommodate the travel nurse’s preferences.

Travel nurses can also request to work with a specific company or recruiter.

Myth #9 Travel nurses always get "bad" patient assignments

Travel nurses are not always assigned to the “bad” patient assignments.

The assignment of patients is usually based on the patient’s needs and the nurse’s experience and qualifications.

Travel nurses should never hesitate to ask questions about a patient’s diagnosis or treatment plan. Most travel nurses report that they get good assignments at nice facilities leading to a positive experience.

Myth #10 Travel nurses always have to float

Travel nurses do not always have to float. Floating is typically based on the needs of the facility and the availability of the travel nurse.

Travel nurses typically don’t float in specialty areas such as emergency departments and procedural areas; however, there are always chances that you may float periodically.

Most travel nurses report that they do not have to float very often, if at all.

Myth #11 Travel nurses regularly burn out

This myth is not true! Travel nurses report that they have a lot of control over their schedules and assignments.

Travel nurses can choose to work as little or as much as they want and can also choose assignments that fit their lifestyle and preferences.

Travel nurses often report feeling a sense of freedom and flexibility that they didn’t have working as a staff nurse.

Travel nursing can be a great way to avoid burnout as you can take time off in between assignments to visit family or on vacation. Travel nurses also have the option to extend their assignments if they are enjoying their experience and want to stay longer.

Conclusion

Travel nursing is a great way to see the country, experience different cultures, and make great money. The flexibility in travel nursing allows nurses to choose their assignments and schedule. Travel nursing can be a great way to avoid burnout and enjoy a sense of freedom and flexibility. If you are a qualified nurse with experience in a variety of medical settings, travel nursing may be the perfect career for you!