You love being a nurse — but you aren’t thrilled just working in a hospital or clinic.
Home health care is one of the nation’s fastest-growing industries.
Combine that with the perks of traveling, and home health travel nursing can be a dream job.
Keep reading to learn if becoming a home health travel nurse is right for you as we share the day-to-day duties, hiring requirements, salary, and more.
Table of Contents
- What Do Home Health Travel Nurse Assignments Look Like?
- A Day in the Life of a Home Health Travel Nurse
- How Long Are Average Home Health Travel Nurse Assignments?
- How Do I Become a Home Health Travel Nurse?
- The Pros and Cons of Accepting Home Health Travel Nurse Assignments
- Home Health Travel Nurse Salary
- Where Is the Highest Demand for Home Health Travel Nurse Assignments?
- If You’re Interested in Home Health Travel Nurse Jobs, Trusted Nurse Staffing Can Help
What Do Home Health Travel Nurse Assignments Look Like?
A home health travel nurse’s position looks much like that of a home-based home health nurse.
With the added benefits of being a travel nurse.
Much like nurses working in a hospital setting, home health travel nurses can expect to tackle a wide variety of duties. You’ll work with patients one-on-one in their homes.
Your home health patients are usually:
- Disabled; or
- Terminally ill
Your nursing duties may include:
- Taking vital signs
- Helping patients with mobility issues
- Cleaning wounds
- Post-surgery care
- Administering medication; and
- Drawing blood
You’ll also be responsible for handling paperwork, charting, and other administrative duties.
As a home health travel nurse, you can also fulfill some of your own goals — both in your career and personally. You can travel across the country while checking off your bucket list!
Each of your days will be interesting and different, just as each of your home health patients is different.
Ready to combine your need for adventure with your love for working in home health? We would love to help you combine those two passions. Trust Nurse Staffing is here to help you take your nursing career to the next level. Contact us today.
A Day in the Life of a Home Health Travel Nurse
Five patients today.
Nadia is on week two of her 13-week contract in Denver. She always wanted to have Colorado as a home health travel nurse assignment. So she was thrilled when the opportunity was presented by her agency.
Nadia had a day off yesterday, so she spent it exploring the area:
- Breakfast in Union Station
- A visit to the Denver Art Museum
- Civic Center Eats (awesome food trucks, btw)
- An evening strolling downtown
Today, she’s refreshed and ready to care for her home-bound patients. One home is never like the other.
Nadia’s patients today include:
- An elderly veteran living on his own
- A young boy living with a cardiovascular disease
- A senior woman recovering from hip surgery
- A teen who survived a serious car accident; and
- A woman with COPD
Each day is different. Each patient is different. Each adventure is different.
So, what should a home health travel nurse expect from day to day?
Each day will be unique.
How Long Are Average Home Health Travel Nurse Assignments?
A home health travel nurse can expect a 13-week contract.
However, assignments can range from four weeks to up to a year. If you enjoy your current assignment, a contract extension is possible.
How Do I Become a Home Health Travel Nurse?
Basic Requirements of a Home Health Nurse
The first step for any home health travel nurse is to fulfill the basic educational requirements for a home health nurse.
Many home health nursing jobs are open to hiring an LPN with a diploma or certificate from an accredited, state-approved nursing program.
However, many healthcare agencies require their home health nurses to have earned a BSN and to have worked as an RN for at least two years in a medical setting.
Whether you’re pursuing your LPN or going further to obtaining your RN licensure, you’ll also be required to pass the NCLEX exam.
Special Requirements of a Home Health Travel Nurse Agency
Home health travel nurse agencies are looking for you to have:
- An LPN, RN, or BSN in the state or compact state where you’ll be working
- A minimum of 1-2 years of experience working in home health
- Completion of CEUs for state licensure — if you’re looking to be licensed in a new state
- Updated vaccination records, drug screening, and background checks
- Don’t worry — Trust Nurse Staffing can help with this
What Makes an Applicant an Optimal Candidate for Home Health Travel Nurse Positions?
Want to stand out from the crowd?
We love home health travel nurses who are:
- Proven professionals
- Open to new opportunities
- Committed to providing compassionate, skilled medical care
- Focused on patient satisfaction
The Pros and Cons of Accepting Home Health Travel Nurse Assignments
Pros of Being a Home Health Travel Nurse
As a home health travel nurse, you can look forward to perks like:
- A personalized career schedule
- Flexibility and control in your schedule
- Workplace independence
- Competitive pay
- Lower stress environment
- Meaningful relationships
- Great pay and benefits
- Caring for diverse patient populations
- Continued support from an agency
Cons of Being a Home Health Travel Nurse
What may be a pro for one health care nurse could be a con for another.
If home health travel nursing isn’t your thing, you might find things like …
- Logistics of travel
- Being away from family (although you can travel nurse with family); or
- Having to possibly obtain multiple licenses
… are cons and reasons to not pursue travel nursing at all.
Home Health Travel Nurse Salary
It’s no secret — a travel nurse’s great pay is one of the biggest perks.
Home health travel nurses make significantly more than those who work full-time home-based positions.
Glassdoor.com reports that home health nurses make on average about $69,000 annually.
So, what about a home health travel nurse?
Performing the same duties, you can earn up to $2,400 a week. For the average 13-week assignment, you can earn up to $31,200 just on one assignment. Then — wash, rinse, and repeat those scrubs. If you love working in home health, travel RN jobs can provide you with an excellent salary.
Keep in mind that salaries vary by state and facility. Contact us today to discuss your ideal home health travel nurse earnings.
Where Is the Highest Demand for Home Health Travel Nurse Assignments?
There is a high demand for all travel nurses — and home health travel nurses are no exception.
You can find excellent assignments all around the country.
That’s where we come in …
Contact us today. Tell us your dreams. And we help make them a reality.
Below, we highlight three cities that are popular assignments for many home health travel nurses.
3 Cities Home Health Travel Nurses Love
#1: New York City
Travel nurse salaries in New York City are lucrative — one of the highest paying cities in the country.
As a home health travel nurse in NYC, you’ll have a flexible schedule to be able to take in the city, make memories, and develop lasting friendships.
City highlights include:
- Central Park (Friends, anyone?)
- The MET
- Times Square
- Food tours
- The High Line; and
- Broadway (Of course!)
If you love the sun and fun, Orlando could be your travel nurse city.
Home health travel nursing comes with many perks while you’re assigned to Mickey’s city.
Some favorites are:
- Walt Disney World parks
- ICON Park
- Kennedy Space Center; and
- Blue Spring State Park
#3: San Diego
We’re moving to the West Coast. As a home health travel nurse in San Diego, you can live the beach life in between your patients’ homes.
When you think of California, you might consider the cost of living too high — even for a short assignment. But San Diego is cheaper than most parts of CA.
San Diego is known for having one of the best clients in the country year-round.
Enjoy endless activities including:
- The San Diego Zoo
- LEGO Land
- Sea World
- An amazing downtown area
- Balboa Park; and
- USS Midway Museum
If You’re Interested in Home Health Travel Nurse Jobs, Trusted Nurse Staffing Can Help
If providing support to patients in their homes while getting to travel appeals to you …
Trusted Nurse Staffing can help you fulfill your home health travel nurse career goals.
As experts in the travel nursing industry, we ensure that every one of our nurses has personal support. We are here 24/7 to provide you with the support you need to successfully fulfill your travel nurse assignment.
We believe in rewarding our traveling families with the benefits they deserve.
Just a few benefits we provide are:
- The highest pay in the industry
- Medical benefits for the entire family
- Dental and vision benefits
- Flexible full or part-time contracts
- Sign-on and completion bonuses
- Travel, housing, and food stipends
- Wellness benefits
- License, certifications, and CEU reimbursements
- And much more
Whether you’re interested in home health travel nurse jobs or another area of travel nursing, Trusted Nurse Staffing is ready to help you find your dream assignment. Contact us today.