There are many opportunities available for Registered Nurses who choose to join the travel nursing profession. Nurses in this profession receive invaluable information, training, and special travel assignments. But being a nurse can be exhausting. Therefore, the housing provided by your employer will be your best getaway from the hustle and bustle of life as a travel nurse.
Travel housing is one of the most important benefits that a travel nursing agency can offer along with their pay package. As a travel nurse, you must be provided a safe and secure place to stay during each of your different work assignments. A good nursing agency will be able to assist you every step of the way.
Choosing amongst the thousands of travel nursing housing options can be a difficult and daunting task. There are a lot of options to choose from. Here are 3 things to consider when choosing your travel nursing housing.
What’s Included With Your Housing Package?
Travel nursing jobs usually come with a wide variety of benefits. Competitive medical packages, weekly pay periods, and paid vacation time are enticing. However, housing is one of the most important benefits in the pay package for a travel nurse.
New Directions Staffing takes the hassle out of housing for you by helping you find appropriate housing for each assignment. Our agency has an internal housing department to help find nurses a short-term lease for quality housing. Our staff then supports your rent, furniture package, utility bills and more.
Your choice of benefits is taken into account when determining your salary. Therefore, it is important to clarify with your recruiter which priorities you value when selecting your housing option as your pay can vary depending on which options you choose. Your recruiter will assist you in making the best choice for you and the specific location.
Stipend-based Travel Nurse Housing
Signing up for a stipend-pay housing benefit is a good option for many travel nurses. Not all travel nursing companies offer this option, but many do, including New Directions. With a stipend-pay system, you are responsible for all your own housing expenses. However, you will receive a monthly stipend for housing based on the average costs of living in the area you are assigned to work.
Many travel nurses like this approach because they are free to make their own living arrangements. If they find housing acceptable to them that is cheaper than their stipend, the extra money is theirs to keep. If they find housing that costs more than their stipend, they are free to take it and pay the difference.
Know The Location
Another thing to consider when choosing your housing is the location you’ll be living in. Sometimes you may get an assignment to a location you’ve always wanted to visit and explore – score! Other times it may not be your first choice, but just make sure it’s not an area that you are unwilling or unable to go. If you receive an assignment that you are uncomfortable with, vocalize this. When choosing your travel nursing housing, ensure the location works for you personally.
The average salary of a travel nurse can be far more than staff nurses. With a housing stipend added to the package, there are a lot of perks in this industry. New Directions Staffing is one of the leaders in staffing traveling dialysis nurses. We offer incentives such as competitive housing, health benefits, completion bonuses for completed assignments and most importantly personalized service. You are never just a number with New Directions! Reach out to us for more information on starting your travel nursing career today.