After contemplating the Travel Nurse industry for the past many years, I've come to the conclusion what I'm really seeking is an employment opportunity that would allow me to take extended time off. I'm at a point in my career where I want to work full time. However, I'm at a point in my life where I'd rather not do that year-round.
So, I'm seeking suggestions/resources on employment opportunities (as RN) to work seasonally(?) 6-8 month assignments(?)
Or, maybe these opportunities are too coveted to reveal!? LOL!
Mar 26, '13
Not sure I understand your question. Travel contracts are three months and most are easy to extend to six months. Did you want something else?
Mar 28, '13
I'm sorry, I wasn't very clear.
I'm leaning towards seasonal RN jobs vs. traditional travel.
I've done a G search for "seasonal RN jobs" and am aware of some opportunities in SW Florida, Northern Arizona, and a seasonal gig in Yellowstone. And, no, I'm not interested in becoming a school nurse.
So, my question is: short of contacting each prospective hospital/HR asking about seasonal work, is there a better way/resource?
Or, for those who have had seasonal work experiences, I'd like to hear from you.
Mar 28, '13
No, direct seasonal work is by definition direct - so you would have to call each hospital or system you are interested in. You are already aware that most are in Arizona or Florida, so not much more to say there. Your options will be greater if you do agency, and if you choose the assignment well (a hospital that has seasonal fluctuations) and perform well, that hospital will welcome you back next year. HCA does have a centralized in-house agency called Parallon that might accomplish part of what you are looking for.
Another point to consider is that returning to the same hospital year after year may impact your tax home and tax free housing - that location may become your tax home as the majority of your income will be earned in the same geographical area. Just something to weigh into your decision making process.
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