5 Travel Nursing Myths Debunked

May 24th, 2019 | Posted by bbarr in Travel Nursing, Uncategorized

Travel nursing may feel quite mysterious to you before starting. Like any other field, there are plenty of myths swirling around that don’t hold up to scrutiny. See if you’ve heard any of the following myths about travel nursing.

1. You Can’t Bring Your Furry Friend

Making new connections can be tough at first, which is why bringing your sweet, cuddly dog (or kitty) during those first few days of adjustment makes things so much easier. PPR is a pet-friendly company. So we do everything in our power to make sure your fur baby is taken care of in your housing situation, too. Pet lovers, rejoice!

2. You Don’t Get Any Benefits

Some may think that travel nurses aren’t eligible for benefits. When you work with PPR, you get all kinds of benefits that fit you personally! From vision and dental to expense reimbursements and retirement plans, we’ve got you covered.

Plus, you get the flexibility of either choosing exactly where you want to live or letting us take care of the hassle for you. Wondering if you should choose the housing stipend or paid, private housing? Check out this post weighing the pros and cons.

3. You Need to Be Outgoing

Think that only outgoing personalities are fit to the travel nursing lifestyle? Introverts have their own set of skills that make them just as valuable! Introverts are excellent listeners, which is critical in a medical setting. Many introverts are also expert at reading people’s feelings, which will help you make patients more comfortable and connect with your colleagues on the floor more easily. You might find that travel nursing helps you stretch yourself and gain more confidence in new, exciting experiences.

4. You Can’t Choose Your Assignment

Clearly, this myth is completely false. As a travel nurse, you have total freedom in where you want to go. While your dream location might not always have a job available, you will never be placed somewhere that you don’t want to go. Just make sure you clearly communicate to your recruiter so that they know exactly what you’re looking for in an assignment.

5. You’ll Get Stuck with the Neediest Patients

There’s a misconception that travel nurses aren’t treated as well as permanent nurses. That’s just not true! Travel nurses are hired based on need, and those needs vary. Just like other places of work, sometimes staff members are out for disability or maternity leave, and the floor needs someone to lighten the load. Most nurses are thrilled to have your help with their patients and will treat you as a respected member of the team. 

If you have any questions about these or any other myths you’ve heard, contact one of our experienced recruiters today.

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