Traveling Nurses Make Nursing Jobs a Career Worthy of a Passport

By: Wordsworth White


Want to see the world, but still need to make a living in it? Aside from the French, very few of us are blessed with 6 weeks of vacation a year, and the small window of downtime we do get leaves little time for traveling. Nursing jobs, however, offer their own travel opportunities. With proper training, the right nursing degrees, and participation in the Traveling Nurses program, your nursing career is practically its own passport.

It works like this. Hospitals have constantly changing needs, and rather than rely on just a core staff, they hire traveling nurses who fill in for regulars for vacation, maternity or family leave, as well as sick days. Nursing jobs need to be constantly filled, so a hospital will hire traveling nurses with nursing degrees to fill in. You get a steady paycheck and a good job, but you get to see the world, or at least the country, three months at a time.

Nursing jobs are ideal for younger people who might not be sure where they want to launch their lives. Nursing degrees provide them the training for a career that is needed everywhere people get sick, so the job is always in demand. The traveling nurse program enables professional nurses to try out a number of different living areas while completing full time work and earning a steady substantial paycheck.

Don't worry. It's not like you get stuck in Kansas. In fact, great places to live like the Bay Area and Hawaii have a shortage of nursing jobs, so nursing degrees can be put to work while you live in some of the best places to reside in the country. It's like a three month vacation, except that you have a job and get to be a tourist on your days off.

The other plus to the traveling nursing program are the tax breaks. These workers may have nursing degrees, but are taxed as migratory workers, meaning they don't pay many of the substantial California taxes. These nursing jobs make California pay, but they aren't heavily taxed as the rest of the sunshine state, which makes your paycheck significantly sunnier at the end of the day, not to mention the considerable tax refund check at the end of the year. Sign up. It's kind of like the army in that you get to travel and check out the world, but better because you don't get shot at.

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Charles Keller is the author of this article on nursing jobs and nursing degrees.

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