5 Advantages of Being a Home Health Travel Nurse
By Erin Wallace
If you're considering becoming a home health nurse, you've made a great decision.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of healthcare occupations overall is expected to grow 18 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than average for all occupations. Home health nursing is part of this growth.
Below we outline five reasons why RNs should consider a home health travel nursing career and the benefits they can expect.
5 Reasons RNs Should Consider a Home Health Travel Nursing Career
1. Enjoy greater job flexibility
Because home health travel nurses often work independently of a facility and typically work with an agency, they have full control over the hours and schedule they work each week.
If you're the type of person who struggles to adapt to the inflexible schedules of many hospitals and nursing homes, being a home health travel nurse can help with that.
As a home health travel nurse, you can organize your assignments to fit your busy lifestyle.
2. Develop a close relationship with patients
Since home health travel nurses get a firsthand look at a patient's home environment, they can enjoy a more personalized relationship with the patients they care for.
They also work one-on-one with every patient they visit, so they can take as long as is necessary to provide the proper level of care and instruction that a patient needs.
Being a home health travel nurse allows you the opportunity to get to know your patients and their families on a more personal level, something that's just not always possible in a hospital setting.
3. Time to decompress
Floor nurses often work standing 12-hour shifts in a hospital, but as a home health travel nurse, you have time to yourself to de-stress during drives in between visiting patients.
Many nurses like the advantage of not being stuck in an office or hospital all day — they can be outside while traveling between patient homes.
4. Expand your skill set
As a home health travel nurse, no two days are likely to be the same, and you'll care for patients with a wide range of medical needs, allowing you to utilize the valuable skills you've learned in nursing school.
You could care for a newly discharged premature infant, a 35-year-old amputee and an elderly person with chronic COPD all in the same day.
5. Earn a potentially higher salary
While your overall salary will depend on the agency you work for, an RN with home health or home care skills earns an average of $28.07/hour, although this rate varies by state, agency and your experience.
You may earn additional money through bonuses and overtime pay. Add in the travel aspect to a home health nursing job and your salary may increase even more.
If you're feeling overwhelmed by your current hospital nursing job, consider a career as a home health travel nurse.
You'll be able to utilize your nursing skills in the homes of your patients and form close relationships with them and their families.