Travel nursing sounds like a superhero job — like Charlie’s Angels, James Bond, or supersonic jet fighting. As a travel nurse, you specialize in ER work, ICU, and Med Surg. Plus, you have a need — A NEED FOR SPEED. We should just rename the travel nursing division “Top Gun” — but I guess the military frowns on that kind of thing. Are you a Maverick, Goose, Iceman, or Charlie?
I have been a travel nurse on and off since 1996; this last go around for seven years. Fusion Medical Staffing and their fabulous staff makes my life so much easier. My recruiter, Jessica Franson, is awesome. No words can describe how much she does for me. There is a great behind-the-scene staff also. I'm learning new things everywhere I go, from Level 1 Trauma Centers to very small community hospitals. Diversity makes my job new and exciting with each contract. Traveling gives me more job flexibility. to explore new cities and meet great people.
I remember when I was growing up, I had a passion for helping people. I always knew I'd end up doing something in the medical field. I have more than five years experience in the CNA field. The day I called Fusion Medical Staffing and inquired about a travel CNA job, I spoke with Matt Waters. We had a long talk about CNA travel, and I automatically knew I would soon be on a awesome and amazing journey. I remember telling Matt that I was ready to head out ASAP, and I knew I was the right fit for this type of work. We got stuff rolling, and I got assigned to a wonderful recruiter named Becca Jacobs. She is very outgoing, helpful, and caring. This was my first travel assignment, so I was kind of nervous, but everyone I spoke with at Fusion really made me feel good about this journey I was about to set out on. I was happy and excited that I was offered a 26-week-long contract. So far this journey has been amazing, and it is very joyful meeting new people, building friendships, discovering new places, doing new things, and building memories that will last a lifetime. Knowing that I'm making a difference in other peoples’ lives makes me feel good. Remember to enjoy the small things in life and always remember that days can get hard and lonely, but in the end you can look back on your journey.
You will be paid a taxable hourly rate and then given a tax-free stipend for food and housing. Typically, nurses will take around $20 per hour taxable to maximize those stipends, but we are able to mix and match pay a number of different ways. Pay packages will always look different depending on the area you are working.
We like to let our travelers and reputation speak for us. We strive to give the ultimate long-term experience and not just “sell” you on a job. We want you to be part of the family for the long haul. We are transparent and committed to our travelers.
You can work in your local area; however, there are rules that apply. Most hospitals will have radius restrictions that won’t allow local travelers to apply there. There are also per diem guidelines that go into place. Local travel positions can be really hard to find, so if you are looking on staying within an hour radius, a PRN option might be the best fit for you, but make sure you reach out to a recruiter for more specifics.