Travel Nurse Stories, Resources, and Tips

Travel Nurse Stories, Resources,
and Tips


How to Earn More Money as a Travel Nurse

As a travel nurse, you have access to schedule flexibility, adventure, and professional growth. Additionally, travel nurses are in high demand across the country and are often paid very well. But do you know there are ways to maximize your earnings?

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

1. Try Per Diem Nursing

The length of a standard travel nursing contract is 8 or 13 weeks. Higher pay rates and short-term contracts mean that travel nurses often have opportunities to pursue other passions or spend more time with friends and family in between assignments.

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

2. Referral Bonuses

Looking for an easy way to make more money as a travel nurse? Refer your RN friends to GIFTED!

GIFTED Healthcare offers generous referral bonuses. In fact, each time you refer an RN, both you and your RN friend make $500 when they start working. Our travel nurses get paid every time one of their references becomes a GIFTED Nurse!

3. Maintain Multiple State Licenses

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

Maintaining multiple state licenses will provide you with more job opportunities. You can also be more selective and maintain your freedom to choose higher-paying out-of-state assignments when the opportunity arises.

You may also qualify for licensure reimbursements — just ask your GIFTED recruiter!

4. 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.

5. Become More Qualified/Specialized

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues and the nation’s aging population grows, demand for specialized RNs will only 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.

6. 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, natural disasters, or seasonal spikes in patient census.

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

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