Are you a nurse or do you want to be a nurse? Do you love to travel? Are you looking for above average compensation? If you answer yes to these questions, chances are you are looking for an LPN Travel Nurse Job. While the pay seems to be lucrative, an LPN travel nurse has some major considerations, qualifications and disadvantages as well.
Thus, in this article, we will discuss a bit about a travelling licensed practical nurse and how you can be the person for the job.
First, here are the requirements for a travel nurse. By knowing the requirements, you will know how you will qualify or if indeed you will ever qualify.
– You have to be a licensed practical nurse. This means that you will need to pass the licensure examination for a practical nurse.
– You have to have more than one year practical nursing experience. If you have worked in a hospital as a practical nurse or nursing aid for one year, you may qualify. Shorter experience may not do well for you.
– You have to be willing to travel. You may be away from your family from three months to a year or may be two years depending on your contract.
– You have to have good communication skills and can work in any medical facility with no problem.
This is mainly the reason why you have to have an experience to serve in a hospital or special nursing facility because you have to be adept with the equipments and rules of medical facilities anywhere you are.
Now, what are the advantages of being a travel nurse?
It may be mentioned that the position requires a minimum of being licensed as a practical nurse. This does not mean that registered nurses cannot be travel nurse; they can if they want to.
The advantage of being a travel nurse if you are an LPN is that the pay is usually better. Remember, in a hospital, aside from the LPN receiving instructions and tasks from a registered nurse, your pay is usually lower than a registered nurse.
If you take on the job of a travel nurse, you may be able to demand your pay. Of course, it may be dependent on your experience but surely, it will be a bit more than what you will get from a hospital.
The second advantage would probably be traveling to exciting destinations without paying a cent and in fact being paid for it as well.
Now, while you may easily meet the requirement and consider the advantages, you may also look into the disadvantages of a travel nurse job for an LPN.
You will be traveling away from your family for a specific period, this can be extended if required and you may not even have the say on it.
The other disadvantage is that you work 24 hours a day. You are traveling with probably a cruise ship or offsite medical facility, anytime there is need for your service, you will be called.
Being an LPN travel nurse is quite nice, however, to be sure that you are off for the challenge, you have to assess the advantages and disadvantages. Never go blinded by mere pay, always weigh things before deciding on taking a job away from your family.