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What To Look For In A Travel Assignment

Choosing the best travel assignment can be difficult when you want to travel everywhere. Travel nurses are high in demand so if you’re a great nurse, chances are you’ll be a hot commodity in the travel nursing world. IPI understands that choosing the right assignment is an important decision and we will be there to support you every step of the way. You’re not only working in this area but you’ll be living and establishing your “travel nurse” life in this location as well. It is important to remember you’re not alone in this process; your recruiter will always be there to guide you and help you choose what best fits your needs at any particular time. Some areas are in constant demand for travel nurses while others are not, this is something your recruiter will be very familiar with and you will want to take into consideration when choosing your assignment.

Things to Consider:

● Location – Most travel nurses have a “bucket list” of areas they would like to travel to. Make a list of where you would like to travel and number them so your recruiter will know where to start. Making your list will allow the recruiter to keep an eye out for your dream travel destinations months in advance. Travel assignments are constantly changing per the needs of the facility so your recruiter is constantly getting updates on new positions available in your desired areas.

● Compensation – There are two types of travelers, those who travel for money and those who travel for the destination. Let your recruiter know what you’re aiming for in your travel assignment. For some people money is not the deciding factor but as we all know, money is always important so if you’re aiming for both that is okay too. If you are someone who is geared fully towards the money aspect of traveling, we often have positions with completion bonuses. These positions could be anywhere and the bonuses can range anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000. You will want to keep in mind these are not paid until you have completed your assignment and they are taxed higher than your normal pay. Regardless, assignments with completion bonuses will always leave you with some extra cash in your pocket!

● Benefits – This is not something you will have to worry about with IPI. Some companies do not offer benefits with their contracts however, we allow you to customize your contract per your needs. We have one of the most comprehensive benefit plans in the healthcare industry. Of the many benefits offered, we have one of the most competitive compensation plans, national choice of employment assignments, and group health insurance. IPI’s benefit packages begin the day you begin, so there is no waiting for medical coverage or 401K participation.

● Housing - Housing is also a huge deciding factor in choosing your travel nursing assignment. It is important to completely understand your housing options before you accept your assignment. IPI offers company provided housing or you can receive a housing stipend each month. Both these options have their advantages and disadvantages depending on your situation. Our housing manager, Taylor, is a great resource when deciding your housing options.

● Shift – Some nurses’ worry about their shift when choosing their assignment, which is definitely understandable. Your shift will not change once you’ve agreed to a shift with your hiring manager because it will be outlined in your contract. If you prefer to work a certain shift, just let your recruiter know up front so they can search for positions with your desired shift. It will be easier to find multiple assignments if you are flexible, however, it is understandable if you are a “night” or “day” person. We would rather you find a job with your desired shift than to be discombobulated from the change in shifts.

These are just some of the basic factors that will need to be considered before choosing/looking for your travel nursing assignment. You also want to keep in mind you will be working at this facility for quite some time so you may want to research the facility before accepting an assignment with them. The more informed you are the better your transition into the facility will be. IPI wants your travel experience to be an easy transition so if there is anything we can do to help, just let us know.

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