Interested in finding out how much money travel nurses make? Although individual nurse salaries vary tremendously based on years of experience, location of the job, and specialty, the average nurse salary for a staff nurse in the United States in 2017 was $65,000. Compare to the national average for travel nurses: travel nurses made an average of $85,000/year in 2017. Typically, travel nurses make 25-30% more than their staff counterparts. Travel nurses travel (hence the name) from their homes to provide temporary staffing coverage at a facility that needs their help. Travelers are experienced nurses who are expected to hit the ground running when they arrive--there's no down time for these professionals, and they're well-paid for all their hard work!
Compared to travel nursing, staff nursing is a more predictable environment. It's very important to have a few years of staff nursing experience under your belt before you start travel nursing. Staff nurses provide the same great care, but without the added challenges of changing computer systems or ever-moving supply closets. Some people prefer to work in a single location as a staff nurse due to family in the area, or to further their education.
To become a Registered Nurse, you must earn your Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and pass the NCLEX exam. Though the ADN route is the most common way to become a Registered Nurse, many also go on to achieve their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). An ADN is the minimum travel nursing education needed, though BSNs are becoming more highly sought-after because hospitals who employ a large portion of BSN nurses are more likely to achieve Magnet status. Once you've met the educational requirements for travel nursing, you'll also want to gain a few years of experience in your area of practice.Get Started Today
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