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Specializes in Psychiatry. Has 9 years experience.

Hi all,

I want to learn more about travel nursing from those who have tried it.  What are the pros and cons?  I specialize in Psychiatry and although I absolutely love my job, I can't stomach the management in our department anymore and need to look at other options.   From what I've read online, it seems like travel nursing pays well and gives you a lot of flexibility to design your own schedule.   Please spill the beans!

Thanks! 

Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in OR, education. Has 16 years experience.

Hello, @LettersAfterMyName, we have moved your post to the Travel Nursing forum for best responses. If you take a look around, you will find quite a few helpful posts- I know there are some frequent posters who visit and respond.

Cons: benefits.

Pros: everything else!

I would say the biggest pros

1. Pay

Travel contracts can range anywhere from 65 - 130/hr with an additional travel stipends when taking a job out of your home state. Depending on your taxes (W4/1099) you can honestly make some serious money.

2. Experience (Depending on the hospital)

Contracts can range 2-3 months. It's a great way to get experience from various hospitals in a short amount time. Perfect when applying for advanced education.

Cons would be

1. Orientation (most places only 2 days)

You are then left on your own accord, making it risky to your license if you're not vigilant.

2. Unappreiciated (this depends on the hospital)

Units can vary, however be prepared to be take the worst assignments on the unit. But as long as you have strong nerves it shouldn't be a bother.

3 hours ago, Mikie Sarabia said:

Units can vary, however be prepared to be take the worst assignments on the unit. But as long as you have strong nerves it shouldn't be a bother.

Strong nerves? Strong skills are far more important for a traveler and their patients. Standard advice of having two years experience minimum in your specialty is still valid for most new travelers.