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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.

References:

https://www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/2017/article/projections-overview-and-highlights-2016-26.htm

https://online.rutgers.edu/blog/trends-patient-care-will-affect-nurses-2017/

https://nurse.org/articles/benefits-and-opportunities-as-a-travel-nurse/

https://www.rasmussen.edu/degrees/nursing/blog/10-benefits-of-being-traveling-nurse/

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