As a nurse, you sacrifice a lot.
You give a lot. You laugh a lot. You cry a lot.
You wouldn’t trade it for anything, but you’re looking to add to your nursing resume.
Maybe you want to have shorter contracts to be home more. Or are you looking for a side hustle?
But can travel nurses work part-time?
Part-time travel nursing is possible. Keep reading to get the answers to your questions about working part-time as a travel nurse.
Table of Contents
- Can Travel Nurses Work Part-Time?
- How Does Part-Time Travel Nursing Work?
- Why Might Someone Be Looking for a Part-Time Travel Nurse Position?
- 3 Benefits of Part-Time Travel Nursing
- Part-Time Travel Nursing FAQs
- Find a Part-Time Travel Nursing Position With Trusted Nurse Staffing
Can Travel Nurses Work Part-Time?
Yes, travel nurses can work part-time. While most travel nurses work full-time, part-time travel nursing is possible.
Part-time travel nursing is a flexible choice that allows a nurse to have a change of pace from the typical 13-week contract. By working a shorter assignment (although usually full-time daily hours), it can equal part-time pay with more time off and at home.
Whether you’re wanting a full-time career or looking for supplemental income on your days off, travel nursing can open many doors for you — both personally and professionally.
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How Does Part-Time Travel Nursing Work?
Part-time travel nursing doesn’t work in the same way as a typical “part-time” job.
Instead of working fewer hours in a week, you work shorter contracts.
The typical contract length is 13 weeks. However …
Many staffing agencies, including Trusted Nurse Staffing, offer shorter contracts.
This depends on a facility’s needs, but shorter contracts between 6-10 weeks are often available. Occasionally, we have even seen even shorter contracts available.
But whether you sign a 6, 8, or 3-week contract, part-time travel nursing works the same as full-time travel nursing:
- Sign your contract
- Arrange housing and other travel needs
- Work to complete your contract
- Pad your resume
- Travel and make memories while doing it
Before your contract comes to an end, you’ll let your recruiter know what you want to do next.
Do you want to extend your contract? Do you want a longer or shorter contract in a new state?
You get to decide your next step — your recruiter will work to make it happen.
If you want to learn more about specific contract lengths, we recommend reaching out to one of our recruiters now to discuss what opportunities are available for you.
Why Might Someone Be Looking for a Part-Time Travel Nurse Position?
One of the biggest perks of being a travel nurse is flexibility.
Someone may be looking for part-time travel nursing to:
- Take a lengthy vacation between assignments
- Take more time for family
- Take the family along during shorter contracts
- Supplement another job on days off
- Experience a variety of hospitals and places
You can choose to work a 13-week assignment and then take 1, 2, or 3 months off if needed.
Or you could work a 6-week assignment and take 2 weeks off between contracts.
Travel nurses can control how often they work and how much income they can make.
3 Benefits of Part-Time Travel Nursing
#1: Flexibility With Supplemental Income
Some people accept part-time travel nurse positions to supplement their income from another job.
A nurse staffing agency may provide multiple contract lengths. Those can range from 4-13 weeks, depending on hospital needs.
This allows a lot of flexibility in your schedule to supplement your income working as a part-time travel nurse.
For example …
You can do this by accepting a regular, 13-week contract. Then, you can supplement a part-time contract of four weeks before your next full-time contract begins.
You can even choose a few part-time positions a year or take a leave of absence while working part-time contracts as needed.
#2: Avoid Work-Related Exhaustion
Many nurses pursue travel nursing to avoid “burnout” that can come from working at the same place for a long time.
- Feeling like your career is at a standstill
- Tired of hospital politics or favoritism; or
- Bored of the same race every day
… consider full-time or part-time travel nursing.
You’ll get to experience …
- New people
- New places; and
- New adventures
… while continuing to do what you love most.
#3: Experience a Variety of Clinical Programs
A nurse may have a staff nursing position at one hospital or clinic and take a part-time position elsewhere in a different specialty to build experience.
You can work at and learn from top research and teaching facilities or small, rural hospitals that rely on little technology to solve problems.
Working at different facilities enables you to broaden your nursing skills and expand your professional resume — all while enjoying exciting new places around the country.
Part-Time Travel Nursing FAQs
How Do You Get Started in Part-Time Travel Nursing?
Step #1: Earn Your Degree
Part-time (as well as full-time) travel nurses either have …
- An associate’s degree
- A bachelor’s degree; or
- A master’s degree
… in nursing; but an associate’s degree in nursing is generally all that is required to become a travel nurse.
Step #2: Obtain Licensing
Once you earn your degree, you’ll need to pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).
You’ll then need to meet your state’s RN requirements for state licensure. Some states participate in the Nurse Licensure Compact. This allows you to apply for licensure in multiple states.
Step #3: Gain Experience
Next, you’ll need to gain nursing experience.
Most staffing agencies require one year of experience working in your desired field in a hospital setting.
Step #4: Work With a Recruiter
The final step? It’s time to speak with a trusted and reliable nurse staffing agency that will meet your unique needs.
You’ll want to talk to your recruiter about factors such as:
- Part-time contracts
- Housing allowances
- Special requirements or policies
At Trusted Nurse Staffing, we work hard for our nurses. We offer part-time travel nursing contracts to help you be in charge of your career. Work as little or as much as you want!
How Long Do Part-Time Travel Nursing Contracts Last?
Since part-time travel nursing means that you decide how long you want to work for and how long you want to break for — the answer depends on you.
Typical contracts for travel nurses last for 13 weeks. You can work a 13-week contract and choose to take off an entire month or more if you wish as a part-time travel nurse.
Or you can work a 6-week contract, take two weeks off, then start again.
The choice is yours.
How Much Money Can a Part-Time Travel Nurse Make?
Many travel nurses have the potential to earn over $3,000 per week.
With bonuses and housing accommodations, it’s possible to make well over $100k per year as a full-time travel nurse.
Salary also depends on factors such as:
- Nursing credentials and experience
- Type of facility
- Shortage needs
- If it’s a time of crisis, natural disaster, etc.
If you’re wondering — can travel nurses work part-time and still make big money — the answer is yes.
But how much money you earn is entirely up to you — as it depends on how much you want to work.
Is it Possible to Find a Part-Time Travel Nursing Position Close to Home?
Yes, many travel nurses, both part-time and full-time, accept contracts that are close to home.
Keep in mind: If you’re choosing part-time travel nursing in your own state, you might not be entitled to the same tax-free subsidies for lodging and meals depending on how far you travel from your home.
What Specialties Are Most Common in Part-Time Travel Nursing?
All travel nurses are in high demand.
But those with a specialized nursing focus are sought after by medical facilities across the nation.
These high-demand specialties include:
- NICU nurse
- L&D nurse
- Psychiatric nurse practitioner
- ER nurse
- ICU nurse
- Dialysis nurse
- Telemetry nurse
Where Are Part-Time Travel Nurses in Demand?
Part-time travel nurses experience the same adventure as full-time travel nurses — they just might not be in the same place as long.
With so many amazing destinations to choose from, it can be difficult to decide where to go first.
In terms of salary, demand, and amazing things to do, you can start your part-time travel nursing list by considering these top 10 picks:
- Maui, Hawaii
- Anchorage, Alaska
- Denver, Colorado
- Austin, Texas
- Las Vegas, Nevada
- Burbank, California
- New York City, New York
- Dallas, Texas
- San Francisco, California
- Tucson, Arizona
Find a Part-Time Travel Nursing Position With Trusted Nurse Staffing
At Trusted Nurse Staffing, we work to make sure our nurses feel completely in control of their contracts.
If you’re looking for part-time travel nursing contracts, or if you’re unsure what contract length would be best for you, our recruiters are here to help. They work for you.
We also believe in rewarding our traveling nurses and their families with well-deserved benefits.
We are proud to offer:
- Flexible full or part-time contracts
- Medical benefits for the entire family
- Dental and vision benefits
- The highest in the industry
- Generous bonuses (sign-on and completion)
- License, certifications, and CEU reimbursements
- Housing, travel, and food stipends
- And more
We value you.
Our recruiters are ready and excited to begin helping you achieve your goals. Where will your next adventure take you?
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