Why Home Health Travel Nursing Could Be Your Next Best Career Move

If you’re a home health nurse, kudos to you for making a smart career choice! After all, home health is expected to be the fastest-growing healthcare field in the next 10 years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. And, if you’re ready to take your career to the next level, check out home health travel nursing, which is expected to grow even more rapidly. Being a home health travel nurse has amazing perks and advantages over full-time, permanent positions.

While rates of diseases (such as obesity and diabetes) increase year-after-year, so does the population’s desire to age peacefully “in place,” delaying entrance to facilities like nursing homes. The good news for home health nurses is that job stability is high. Yet, in many areas, the demand for home health nurses is so high that there are not enough skilled nurses to fill the positions. That’s where home health travel nurses come in… providing exciting opportunities for a less-than-conventional lifestyle.

What’s there to love about being a home health travel RN?

1. Travel! See new places, meet new people, and have interesting experiences often!

With companies recruiting home health nurses all over the country, you can choose your next destination in life. Get to know the area as you work in various community locations, and enjoy sightseeing on your time off.

2. Freedom! Change work environments, schedules, and companies more frequently with short-term work assignments.

With contracts typically averaging 13 weeks, you can tame that itch to switch jobs with ease and without guilt. You can have more control over your schedule by accepting positions that work for your pace and desired hours. Plus, you’ll get to develop skills in a variety of settings. Looking to stay longer?  Some companies offer longer contracts, even extending over 6 months if you prefer (and such jobs are available).

3. Perks, perks, and more perks! Earn a better salary and more incentives.

To compensate traveling nurses, many companies increase the appeal to fill much-needed positions. Potential perks can include a higher salary than permanent staff, sign-on bonuses, low-cost housing or allowances, and travel stipends.  Plus, you’ll usually enjoy your conventional benefits, such as health coverage and 401(k) options.

4. Contribute! Help communities in need by providing a service in shortage.

Home health travel nurse jobs are available to fill an important need that is currently unmet. Quality healthcare is undoubtedly one o the most important things in life. Working where your’e needed, respected, and appreciated feels good, right?

The bottom line: A home health travel nursing job is an opportunity you don’t want to miss out on. If you have at least 2 years of full-time experience as a home health RN and are ready to take the leap, start searching for your perfect fit now by clicking the button below!

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DAISY Award Winner: Amy Suzanne Barton, RN

“It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together.”

While the origin of this quote is unknown, it rings incredibly true in the nursing world. As CNO at Next Travel Nursing, I sometimes get the opportunity to meet nurses whose dedication to their patients and co-workers goes well beyond what’s necessary to just “get the job done.” For these nurses, their passion coincides with their career in a truly remarkable way.

It’s with great pride that recruiter Josey Crues and the rest of our team at Next Travel Nursing celebrate one such travel nurse, Amy Suzanne Barton, a recent recipient of The DAISY Award® For Extraordinary Nurses. Please join us in thanking Suzanne for her dedication to her patients, their families, and her assigned facility!

Suzanne is currently on a labor and delivery travel nursing assignment in Florida.

Here’s what Josey had to say about this amazing RN:

“She encompasses all of the qualities that make an excellent nurse. First she exhibits the clinical skills and attention for details that are needed to focus on the safety of patients. She does this so well that doctors trust her opinions. On her first assignment, she had a patient in labor who was not progressing. She called the doctor and told him her concerns. He listened and decided to do an emergency C-Section to keep mom and baby safe. After the delivery, the doctor told Suzanne that she made a great decision and he was happy to have her on board.  

On this last assignment the facility didn’t have a budget to extend Suzanne. The L&D doctors heard the news and decided to have an emergency OB meeting. They fought hard to have Suzanne on board because of her great clinical skills. The HR team decided they could not lose a great L&D traveler. Despite the budget concern, they decided to extend Suzanne.  

Suzanne shows compassion for everyone around her. She has gone above and beyond to help not only the patients but also the staff. Her compassion, caring positive attitude is shown even on the busiest and most stressful days.  

I am very fortunate to have Suzanne.”

Please join the Next Travel Nursing team once more in celebrating Suzanne for and all she does for her patients and their families. You can view Suzanne’s DAISY Award announcement on the organization’s official website here.

Earl Dalton, MHA, MSL, RN, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer
Next Travel Nursing
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About The DAISY Award

The DAISY Award honors the super-human work nurses do for patients and families every day. The award was created in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, a patient who passed away in late 1993 after being diagnosed with the auto-immune disease ITP. Patrick’s family brainstormed about what they could do in his memory, and vividly recalled the skillful and compassionate care he received from his nurses during his eight-week hospitalization. To say thank you to nurses everywhere, they established a recognition program known today as The DAISY Award® For Extraordinary Nurses.

To learn more about The DAISY Award, visit the The DAISY Foundation™ website.

Find Your Perfect Assignment with Next Travel Nursing

If you are a travel nurse that takes pride in going the extra mile for patients, reach out to the experienced team of state-focused recruiters at Next Travel Nursing. We can help you find the travel assignment that best fits your needs and skillset in your ideal location. Get started by viewing our available travel RN positions.

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What to Expect as a Home Health Travel Nurse

The home health industry’s explosive growth is not expected to slow any time soon. Experienced home health RNs know that their skill-set is in demand, and many are choosing to take the plunge into travel nursing for the first time. Maybe you’re burned out in your current locale and simply want to take care of patients? Or perhaps the prospect of higher pay has caught your interest?

No matter what your motivation, travel nursing offers something for everybody, and making the transition to a home health travel RN job is easier than ever.

First, the perks. Why are home health nurses ditching their traditional day (or night) jobs to take on travel assignments?

1. Flexible schedules.

Travel nurses enjoy much greater autonomy than employed RNs. Don’t want that assignment? Don’t take it. Travel nurses have the ability to work with their recruiters to find assignments that fit their personal needs and preferences. And they don’t have to worry about using up a limited bank of vacation time, because they can choose to accept assignments when they want to.

2. Higher pay.

Maybe you’re paying off debt, saving for a new house, or are less-than-thrilled with the small annual increases you’re getting in your current role. Travel nurses are able to take advantage of economic opportunities outside their local market to increase their pay. Plus, in addition to higher hourly wages, travel RNs usually get benefits, special tax breaks, and stipends for housing and living expenses.

3. Visit new places.

Maybe you’ve dreamed of going to a specific city or state, but heard that housing is so expensive there and jobs are hard to find. Home health travel nursing is an inexpensive way to visit new places.

4. Building resumes.

Travel nurses gain access to prestigious medical centers, which end up on their resumes. They can also gain exposure to new specialties, skill-sets, and EMRs—all of which can increase their value in the market both at home and across the U.S. They can also expand their professional network.

5. Patients, not politics.

Home health travel nurses rarely spend a lot of time sitting in meetings. And they don’t have to deal with the same difficult colleague or supervisor every day. Instead, travel nurses get to focus on providing direct care to patients.

6. Building confidence.

Because home health travel RNs are constantly exposed to new situations, they tend to acquire new skills and confidence at a faster rate than if they worked for one employer.

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The DAISY Award: Rhonda Edds

At Next Travel Nursing, our team of experienced recruiters is thrilled to work with nurses who greatly impact the lives of their patients in a positive manner. We have a special place in our hearts for RNs who go the extra mile, and believe such incredible work and dedication shouldn’t go unrecognized.

That’s why we’re thrilled to announce that one of our nurses has received The DAISY Award® For Extraordinary Nurses. Congratulations to Rhonda Edds, who has made her mark as a traveler in the lives of so many patients and co-workers around the country!

Praise for Rhonda

Here’s what Next Nurse Recruiter Team Leader Debbi Latz had to say about Rhonda:

Rhonda has worked with us for a few assignments and is always so incredibly pleasant—nothing fazes her. After completing a home health assignment in Tennessee, a son of one of her patients called and asked her to come for a traditional family dinner at their home—again, this was after she was off assignment!  She never complains and always has a great sense of humor.

She also worked for us in Shiprock, New Mexico, at Northern Navajo Medical Center (Indian Health Service), which definitely is a challenge. Normally, to be a traveler, you need to prove yourself and be super positive in order to be accepted by the staff.  With Shiprock, this initiation period is even more intensified. Rhonda made such an impact there not only with the staff nurses and administration (they asked her to extend), but more importantly, with the patients who are very tight knit community and reluctant to accept anyone outside of their culture. Rhonda’s happy demeanor brought such joy to the patients there that they nick-named her “Rhonda Who is Always Smiling.”

Please Join Us in Celebrating Rhonda

Please join the entire Next Travel Nursing staff in thanking Rhonda for her outstanding work as a travel nurse, her unshakable positive attitude, and her willingness to learn on the job. She truly exhibits the kind of compassion that The DAISY Award was intended to reflect.

Members of the Next team, including Debbi and Quality Improvement Nurse Christy Craft, visited Rhonda during her shift to congratulate her and present her with The DAISY Award.

Want to learn more about available travel jobs with Next? Our recruiters are thrilled to work with nurses like Rhonda who go above and beyond what is required. Check out our job board today and begin building a relationship with one our specialty-focused nurse recruiters.

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What to Expect as a Telemetry Travel Nurse

As you prepare to launch your travel career and head out on your first telemetry travel nurse job, it’s completely normal to feel nervous. To help you prepare for your assignment and know what to expect, try to keep the following three tips in mind:

1. Familiarize yourself with the hospital- and unit-specific protocols.

Once you arrive at the facility, ask questions and take notes 🗒. Try to quickly learn where the crash cards and ambu bags are. Do your best to become comfortable with the way things work in your new environment.

2. Be a team player.

You’re there to do your job, and part of doing your job is making things easier not just for yourself, but for others, as well. Teamwork truly makes the dream work 🙌. If you have spare time and see a fellow nurse that’s behind on passing meds, admissions, or discharge paperwork, offer a helping hand when you can.

3. Be adaptable.

As a telemetry travel nurse, you may be called upon to float to another unit. You also may have a more challenging patient load from time to time. Not being able to control certain aspects of your assignment comes with the territory of telemetry travel nursing. You’ll save yourself a great deal of frustration on the back end if you come into a new role with an open mind. Definitely be assertive if there are parts of your staffing agreement that aren’t being honored, but also understand that there is a give-and-take required in this field.

Advantages to Being a Telemetry Travel Nurse

Telemetry is incredibly fast-paced and is also highly in demand, largely due to the aging of our country’s large baby boomer population. As a telemetry travel nurse, you get to work with high-risk patients that require intensive care. The job is challenging, intellectually-stimulating, and very rewarding.

Final Tips and Advice for Telemetry Travel Nurses

Be sure to familiarize yourself with your contract and responsibilities. Don’t be afraid to ask clarifying questions throughout your shift. Remember to remain flexible and open to learning new things. Lastly, enjoy yourself! 😊 Enjoy the responsibilities that come with your unique role as a telemetry travel nurse, and let your enthusiasm shine through, even when you’re given a difficult assignment. Your attitude is contagious—if it’s a positive one, the staff and managers will want you to stick around.

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Telemetry Travel Assignments Await

A Telemetry travel nurse’s attention to detail is paramount to the success of their unit and the health of the patients in their care. Working with patients who are often at high risk for complications, telemetry nurses like yourself require advanced medical knowledge, technical expertise, and strong interpersonal skills. 🗨 The Next Travel Nursing team of Telemetry-focused recruiters is #pumped to work incredible Telemetry travel nurses like you. We understand what you want in a travel job, and will land an assignment that checks as many of your boxes as possible. ✅

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Get started today by searching available telemetry travel nursing jobs below. See a particular assignment and want to go for it? Click 🖱 the “I’m interested” button next to the job. Find more information on why Next Travel Nursing is your bff in Telemetry travel nursing jobs and then catch up with one of our specialty-focused recruiters to have all your questions answered. If you find you have more questions and you’re on the job board, just click that ‘I’m interested’ button and hit the ‘Contact Me’ button. Our recruiters will answer the call ☎!

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December Travel Nurse of the Month ⭐: Sylvain!

At Next Travel Nursing, our team of recruiters is thankful to work with RNs across the country who represent our agency in such a fantastic fashion. It’s through your efforts that we can all make healthcare work better by delivering quality patient care. In our eyes, you’re the true stars 🌠🌟💫!

As we do each month, we want to recognize one travel nurse in particular who has shone bright at his assigned healthcare facility. Please join Next in congratulating our December 2017 Travel Nurse of the Month, Sylvain in North Carolina!

Sylvain started working with Next in April. He has since extended with us three times and is well-loved at his facility.

His favorite thing about RN life is being part of a collaborative team where doctors and nurses work together to achieve a common goal. He loves conferring with physicians at the end of a shift when they ask how the night went and review the patient’s status.

Sylvain decided to become a nurse when he was a medic with the Special Forces in the Army 💪. He loved working with the Army PA (physician assistant) and observing his interactions with patients. The PA suggested that Sylvian go to nursing school, and through a series of twist and turns, he found his occupational calling.

Sylvain loves critical care because he can care for two very sick patients at a time and figure out their stories by putting the pieces together. He loves the collaborative aspect of having to work with different teams to create positive outcomes for his patients.

Here’s what Sylvain’s Next Travel Nursing recruiter, Debbi Laatz, had to say 💬:

“Sylvain has always been such a pleasure to work with. He always takes the time to include a sweet message and funny emoji when he sends me his time sheet. He is educated, has a quick wit, and is genuinely a nice person. I am honored to represent him and I wholeheartedly endorse him as our unequivocal Travel Nurse of the Month. Go Syl!”

Sylvain is a dad to two sons and two daughters, who are his pride and joy. He also gives back to the youth in his community, coaching middle school basketball 🏀 and football 🏈.

Let’s all give Sylvain a hand for his incredible work 👏!

Ready to learn more about Next? Find your recruiter match now.

Cath Lab Travel Nursing Jobs Available Now

As a cath lab travel nurse, you are often one of the first people a patient will interact with before the procedure of cardiac catheterization is performed. In this role, it’s your job to educated the patient about the procedure and help them to feel as comfortable as possible, often answering questions or addressing concerns. You likely are also checking vital signs and administering IVs.

At Next Travel Nursing, our team of cath-lab-specific recruiters appreciates the incredible work and dedication you put forth on a regular basis. We recognize your innate ability to work well with your team in what can often become a stressful environment. If you are interested in pursuing cath lab travel nursing jobs, check out the job board below to view our current open opportunities.

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Celebrate Med-Surg Nurses Week with Next Travel Nursing

.As a medical-surgical nurse, there’s hardly ever a dull moment on the hospital floor. Managing multiple patients, educating family members while demonstrating compassion and a calm demeanor…med-surg nurses are masters of it all. Sometimes wearing that many hats can feel overwhelming, right? The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses knows it, and is ready to celebrate med-surg nurses week with you Nov 1-7! 🎉

Work, Work, Work, Work, Work

We hope you channeled your inner Rihanna. Many people don’t realize it, but the duties of a med-surg nurse are tough stuff. You’re not just a nurse—you are trained to know a huge range of medical conditions. Add a dash often having to think on your feet if something unexpected occurs with a patient. You’re an integral part of the patient’s first line of care. That alone should get a special med-surg nurse song for dancing to!

Ready for Anything

The daily life of a medical-surgical nurses job is enough to make the average Joe’s head spin. You put your critical thinking skills to the test while staying fully engaged on a physical, clinical, and emotional level. But that’s the best part of what being a med-surg nurse is all about.  Compassion towards your patients is the fuel that drives and make the work you do day in and day out enjoyable. 📅

One Week Isn’t Enough

Medical-surgical nurses should be celebrated all year long, but at least we can place some extra emphasis on you during the first seven days of November. Med-surg nurses around the globe 🌎 will be recognized for they do, and their employers should make it known to the community at large that you are heroes! If nothing else, you’ll probably get some free food and extra hugs while you’re at work this week. Every little bit of recognition is well-earned. The entire Next Travel Nursing team says thank you!

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ICU RN Travel Jobs Available

Ready to take your ICU skills on the road?

ICU RN travel jobs require a special type of person. Patients depend on you during their recovery process. An ICU RN monitors and safeguards the quality of care delivered. They act as an advocate for the patient and their families. In intensive care environments, a patient’s condition can turn rapidly, making this area of managed care one of the more demanding specialties. The team at Next Travel Nursing knows what it takes to be an ICU nurse. We serve ICU travel nurses across the country, connecting them with facilities and patients in need of their extraordinary skills.

No matter if you are a thinking of becoming a travel nurse, or if you’re an experienced ICU travel RN, Next Travel Nursing has got your next assignment. Search available positions on our job board and hit the ‘I’m Interested’ button; our specialty-focused recruiters will answer the call.

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