reasons to love travel nursing

5 Reasons to Love Travel Nursing and Allied Health

The travel nurse and travel healthcare industry has been getting a lot of love lately because of their superhero response to filling positions at hospitals with staffing shortages during COVID-19.  All of this newfound attention may mean you’re looking for reasons to try travel nursing jobs yourself. There are more reasons that we can count in one article to love travel nursing and allied health traveling, but we’re sharing some of our favorites.

1. Exploration at its finest

Travel nurses and allied clinicians are typically on assignment for 13 weeks at a time. While they are mastering their new work setting, travelers are also able to explore a new city and state, make new friends, and get out of their comfort zones both on and off their shift. Many of our travelers at Emerald believe that adventure is a way of life, and they love getting to constantly experience new things.

2. You’re in the driver’s seat

One of the most obvious benefits of traveling is the ability to choose your next work location. Whether you’re ready to try life in a big city, or want to see what it would be like to work in a more suburban area, the choice is always yours! Other factors travel nurses and allied professionals typically consider when choosing assignments include the climate, proximity to family and friends, compensation package, and nearby leisure activities.

If you’ve always wanted to know what it would be like to experience a white winter, choose an assignment based in a snowy climate (and throw on some skis). If you’re  considering moving permanently, but want to test drive the location first, travel nursing might be your answer. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to surf, but you’re from a landlocked state…well, you get it.

3. Career advancement

Another great benefit of travel nursing and travel allied is the opportunity for personal and professional advancement. Because the average contract is only 13 weeks, you will have the chance to meet and learn from new people, and experience firsthand the way different facilities work. Our clients include Level 1 Trauma facilities, teaching hospitals, charge nurse and healthcare leadership opportunities, and other jobs that look great on a resume.

4. Recruiters who care

At Emerald, we like to think the most important benefit we offer to our travel nurses and allied healthcare professionals is the one-on-one attention provided by our amazing recruiters. Recruiters have inside knowledge on open jobs to get your resume in front of hiring managers quickly, and they zealously advocate for you and your unique goals. Not to mention serving as an extra source of encouragement during the entire process.

5. Perks on perks on perks

Other fantastic benefits of travel nursing and travel allied include the amazing perks! Travel clinicians are paid competitive rates, and also may be eligible to receive bonuses. Emerald has a great referral program, and travelers who refer a friend to Emerald are eligible for a referral bonus. Travelers may also be reimbursed for things like licensing and other expenses for their assignments. Our concierge-level travel nurse license program does the legwork for you, getting you on the fast-track to a new state without the headaches.


The only way to learn all of the amazing reasons to love travel nursing or allied healthcare traveling is to experience it for yourself. As many Emerald travelers will attest, it is truly a once in a lifetime experience that can change you for the better. Your only regret will be that you didn’t try it out sooner!