Omaha, NE (PRWEB) May 04, 2012
In recognition of National Nurses Week, Aureus Medical Group (web: aureusmedical.com), a nationwide leader in healthcare staffing releases the questions most frequently asked by those considering medical careers in the field of travel nursing. National Nurses Week is celebrated annually, May 6-12.
It’s important to have an understanding of what life is like as a travel nurse and the ins and outs of the profession in preparation for the first assignment. Following are the three questions often posed by prospective travel nurses:
Will I like a travel nursing job?
Many RNs who work as a travel nurse have never before had jobs that required them to live in different locations for assignments. However, most find this to be the most rewarding aspect of the profession because it allows them to explore different areas of the country, meet new people, and learn new skills. Working in a new location for each assignment provides the opportunity to experience interesting cultures and visit places they have wanted to, but never have. Some travel nurses also seek assignments in locations near family or friends. Other factors that contribute to successful healthcare careers in travel nursing are maintaining a positive attitude and the ability to quickly adapt to new settings.
How long will I stay on each assignment?
While it depends on the contract and the travel nursing agency, most assignments are between 13 and 26 weeks. Should a travel nurse wish to extend the length of the assignment for any reason, such as a love of the location or if her services are in great demand at the healthcare facility, she should simply contact her Account Manager with the healthcare staffing agency and express her interest. RNs in travel nursing jobs often make plans for family and friends to visit. Some take their pets along for the duration of their contracts. A nurse wanting to do so should be sure to discuss arrangements for pet-friendly housing with her Account Manager.
Where will I live?
Housing is handled by the Housing Coordinator and Account Manager with the travel nursing agency, who work together to ensure high-quality accommodations in close proximity to the healthcare facility. Most agencies provide fully furnished housing, which includes everything from furniture and bedding to pots and pans. Housing complexes may also have amenities such as swimming pools and tennis courts. Travel nurses should keep in mind that they are responsible for any additional fees and deposits related to bringing family members or pets to live with them while on assignment.
An RN new to travel nursing is sure to have many questions related to the travel lifestyle, what’s expected, what’s required, and more. Open communication with the healthcare staffing agency and the Account Manager with whom she is working is important to future success and rewarding experiences as a travel nurse.
ABOUT AUREUS MEDICAL GROUP:
Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing specializing in the successful placement of Nursing, Advanced Practice, Cardiopulmonary, Diagnostic Imaging, Medical Laboratory, Neurodiagnostics, Radiation Oncology, and Rehabilitation Therapy professionals, as well as Physicians, in hospitals and medical facilities nationwide. With more than 25 years of experience, Aureus Medical offers a full range of staffing options, including national contract (travel), local contract, and direct hire. Aureus Medical is the largest division of Omaha-based C&A Industries, a leading provider of human capital management solutions for more than 40 years.