The holidays are fast approaching. And if you’re a travel nurse (or any other travel healthcare professional), you’re probably thinking that the last thing you want is to spend a special holiday pulling shifts in a hospital or clinic.
Well, we’re to tell you “think again.”
Sure, the holidays can add stress to an already stressful profession. But the fact is being a travel professional over the holidays can offer a lot of advantages and be very rewarding.
Travel nursing in particular can open up new and exciting options for the holiday season and your nursing career. That’s because working at this time of year can come with some exciting perks and benefits. So if you’re thinking about holiday travel nursing this season, here are a few reasons why taking on an assignment can be a good thing.
Cash in with Holiday Pay
One of the incentives of working during the holidays is increased pay. Nothing is more gratifying than to be given a higher pay rate while working holidays. This is a great incentive if you’re money-motivated because working during the holidays can help you earn more than your colleagues who opted to stay home! Make sure that you speak with your recruiter beforehand because each assignment is unique and you might be required to work all holidays, some holidays, or no holidays. If you want to enjoy some nice holiday pay, let your recruiter know! the
Advance Your Career
There is typically a shortage of travel nurses at holiday time. So if you’re looking to advance your career (and really, who isn’t), working when there’s a high demand for what you do is key
This time of year offers a great opportunity to get out there and work. It might be a bit daunting at first, but travel nurses are always up for a little bit of a challenge!
Working over the holidays shows that you’re a team player and willing to do your duty to keep up with hospital needs. Not many nurses are willing to work during the holidays, so it’s a perfect time to showcase your skills and dedication as a healthcare worker.
Find an Assignment in an Interesting Location
Since you’ve made the decision to work during the holidays, be sure to focus on finding assignments in locations that interest you. As a travel nurse, you could opt for the warmer climates of Florida, Arizona, Southern California and others. Or perhaps you prefer snow and skiing during winter. If so, you can look into Northern California, Colorado, Oregon, or Washington state. Since you’ll be in demand, chances are you can decide where you want to work.
Bring Joy to Patients
Because of COVID, the last year or so has been difficult for healthcare workers and patients. Working during holidays can give you an extra sense of purpose. By working holidays, you impact your patients’ lives for the better. You’re able to connect with them on a deeper level, especially when they feel lonely if they’re away from relatives.
Being with patients at this time of year also allows you to provide them with more comprehensive care and one-on-one time. This is a chance for you to really make a difference in someone’s life!
At Focus Staff, we understand the ins and outs of traveling healthcare professionals during these challenging times and have access to a wide variety of excellent professional opportunities. To learn more, contact us today.