On a very regular basis I receive emails from LPNs who are interested in travel nursing assignments. It is understandable but the problem is that there just are not very many of these jobs available.
If you find yourself in this situation you may want to consider becoming an RN. A lot of you are unable to go back to school for a variety of reasons but there is an alternative.
It is possible to get your RN degree by studying at your pace at home by doing it online. One of the schools that does this is a prominent university working through The College Network. If you would like to receive free information on this program fill out this short form and I will see that you get it.
This is always a hot topic and I hate “averages” but at least this will give you some reference points. Keep these two things in mind when you are talking about salaries. 1. Supply and demand in different specialties always have a bearing on current wage scales, and 2. geography has a lot to do with it.
If you make $90,000 a year in California but have to pay $2500 for a 2 bedroom apartment (plus other cost of living expenses) you could be better off making $70,000 in Phoenix where you might get that same apartment for $900. Just a thought…… Just be sure to do a little research.
This short article and excellent documentation will give you some nice up to date averages.
See it here.
Would you like to add TravelnursingUSA.com to your iPhone so you can check for new travel nursing jobs postings and blog posts with a simple single click? A lot of us are not aware how simple this is to do. Let me show you.
1. Go into your browser and type “www.travelnursingUSA.com” into the address bar (or just click on the link).
2. At the bottom of the page look for an icon which is a rectangle with an arrow pointing up. Select it. (Older phones may have a square with a right arrow instead).
3. Choose “Add to Home Screen”
4. In the uppoer right of the screen select “Add”
Voila! You now have an visual bookmark that will take you directly to the site with one easy step.
PS: You may also want to do the same thing for our “Weekly 25” listings of new hot travel nursing jobs. Follow the same procedure above at this link.
One final tip. You might want to shorten the title before you press the “Add” button to make it easier to read on your smaller screen.
Was that helpful? (Feel free to comment or rate)
Good question. After all, this is what it’s all about right?
The fact is, in this day and age of the notorious “nursing shortage” your options are almost without boundary. (I’m talking about the United States right now but we’ll address international assignments in later postings.)
Some of this is just common sense. Larger metropolitan areas will have bigger needs for healthcare pros such as yourself. Communities with greater proportions of retired people will also have greater needs. But think about this. Today’s retirement population of baby boomers are leaving the workplace in greater numbers then before and at younger ages where they are active and interested in having fun, active lives. They are going to places that lots of people want to live, (or go on travel nursing assignments.
Places like Florida, California, and Hawaii have tons of travel nursing jobs for this reason. But they aren’t alone. Virtually any of the larger cities in all fifty states have traveling nurse jobs. Many smaller communities face staffing problems because the younger folks are bailing out to go to the “bright city lights.” There are many pearls out there….small, friendly towns with lots to offer to an adventurous soul.
So what I am trying to say is that there are almost unlimited choices. Keep an open mind and consider places you’ve never been to. Research the areas you think you might be interested in. Check the various seasons weather patterns and what the region may offer you on your times off.
One of my goals on my travel site, www.travelnursingUSA is to provide that kind of information along with the contact information for state nursing boards.
You also may want to subscribe to my weekly newsletter that sends out new job listings in an email newsletter each week. These come from several different agencies and are all over the United States. You can see the online version or subscribe by going HERE.
A few years ago I decided to do a weekly newsletter listing new travel nursing jobs being posted by various travel nursing agencies. I decided to send it by email to only those people who ask for it and to date more then 15,000 of you have asked to receive it. There must be something to it!
I call it The Weekly 25. It is featured at that link as a standalone website and there is a link there you can subscribe to receive it in your email box.
I love technology and increasingly, so does the general public. The Internet has become a basic part of society and keeping up with email accounts, social networking and who-knows-what-else becomes an issue for those of us living a fairly mobile lifestyle.
I personally think that a tablet device is almost a perfect traveling companion and the new iPad Mini is simply a near perfect rendition of that genre if you are on the go like I am.
Let’s explore it a bit.
It weighs about 11 ounces, let’s start there. You can throw it in a purse or a pocket (large) and barely tell that you have it with you. The screen is deceptively large and from where I sit is just fine for doing anything I do consuming content on the Internet. The screen is beautiful although it is not the state of the art retina screen Apple is using on their higher end products. I’ll be surprised if that isn’t added in the first upgrade likely to come out next Fall. I wouldn’t wait for it, though. This one is just fine. Watching a Hulu or Netflix movie on it is great.
Heck I even live in California and this sounds good! I can imagine what some of you snow trapped denizen of the Northeast part of the country must think about escaping to white sand and sunshine. Anyway……one of our member travel nursing agencies has just posted a job for an ICU/CCU RN right smack dab in the Virgin Islands. Here’s the link
I am in the process of having a new iPhone application for travel nurses. Watch this space for updates on when it will be available.
We are also working night and day to create a social networking presence so that you will have announcements, new hot job postings and all kinds of travel nursing information in one centralized community site.
Keep your eyes out for lots of new announcements this month.