How to Earn More Money as a Travel Nurse

It’s a fantastic time to be a nurse. Registered nurses are in high demand across the country and are often paid very well. According to US News & World Report, the average salary of a registered nurse in the U.S. is $70,000.

As a travel nurse, you’ll have access to schedule flexibility, adventure, and professional growth. Did you know you could take advantage of those benefits to make even higher pay?

Read on for our list of ways to make more money as a travel nurse!

Be Flexible

The length of standard travel nursing contracts is 13 weeks. Higher pay rates mean that travel nurses often have opportunities to pursue other passions or spend time with loved ones in between assignments.

However, picking up extra per diem shifts is a great way to earn more money while you’re waiting to begin your next travel nursing assignment.

Referral Bonuses

Looking for an easy, stress-free way to make more money as a travel nurse? Look no further than your RN friends.

GIFTED Healthcare offers generous referral bonuses. Our travel nurses get paid every time one of their references becomes a GIFTED Nurse!

Maintain Multiple State Licenses

As all RNs know, obtaining a state license costs money. But obtaining more than one state license is well worth the additional fees and processing times.

Maintaining multiple state licenses will provide you with more job opportunities. It will also allow you to be more selective, giving you the freedom to choose higher-paying assignments.

GIFTED Healthcare offers licensure reimbursements — so don’t sweat the cost!

Contract Extensions

If you’re trying to maximize your travel nurse salary, it’s important to provide patients and healthcare institutions with exceptional clinical experiences.

Performing at your best increases the chance that your assigned facility will offer you a contract extension. If the pay rate is high, an extension could make a big difference in your salary.

Become More Qualified/Specialized

As the nation’s aging population grows, demand for specialized RNs will increase. Seeking education and becoming more specialized will ensure that you make more money as a travel nurse.

For example, cardiovascular operating room nurses, Epic Trained nurses, RN First-Assist, and interventional radiology nurses often earn higher pay.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that RN job growth will increase by 15% over the next 5-10 years. Specialized RNs will benefit most from this increase in demand, giving them higher pay rates and more freedom to be selective.

Rapid-Response & High-Demand Assignments

Rapid-response travel nurses are RNs that make themselves available to begin travel assignments on short notice. These jobs are often available due to nurse strikes, staffing difficulties in remote locations, or natural disasters.

Quick, high-demand assignments offer higher paying rates and also present opportunities to help patients and facilities in dire need of clinicians.

Become a GIFTED Nurse Today for Great Pay and Benefits

Interested in travel nursing? Apply now and become part of the GIFTED Family today!

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