Traveling as a nurse combines caring with adventure

Traveling nurses fill a severe shortage of staff in hospitals across the country as they pursue their passion for adventure.

Soralla Gonzalez is on her way to making house calls, but instead of working day in and day out at a hospital or medical center, she’s on the road as a home visit nurse.

“It all starts the night before when I schedule my visits for the next day, and then I just go out and start seeing patients,” Gonzalez said.

She said this career choice gives her autonomy.

“I have more control over my life and more freedom,” Gonzalez explained.

Recruitment agency Ardor Health Solutions works with travel nurses like Gonzalez.

“We distribute clinicians for about 13 weeks. Typically, a home nurse sees about 6-7 patients per day. your home,” said Stephanie Salzgawer of Ardor Health Solutions.

Some choose this career path for the sake of new adventures.

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“We have a lot of people who do this because they want to see the country. You can go from Florida to California if you want. It really depends on you.

Being in the world of travel, you actually have full access to the benefits, as if you were a full-time nurse on assignment,” Salzgaver said.

There are other benefits as well.

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“Initially, I would say that it was very monetary. It’s just that much more money is spent on business trips than on the work of Perm employees. This is a great tax break. clinicians, encouraging them to sort of leave home. But now I really think that for a lot of people it’s more of a lifestyle change. You know, they like not to be permanent staff. They like to be able to take things and go to different places. every 13 weeks,” Salzgaver said.

Road nurses can fill the void in hospitals when needed.

“For example, when the pandemic hit, there was a shortage of nurses. People could not cope with the number of patients arriving. So these hospital systems will be hiring outreach nurses to sort of fill in the gap to help staff nurses who are overworked, can’t take vacations and things like that to really come in and save the day in the background,” Salzgawer said.

Gonzalez said it’s a job that allows her to take care of herself while taking care of others.

“I always tell patients and other nurses that you are the most important person in your life, and if you don’t take care of your mental health, then how are you going to take care of anyone else,” Gonzalez said.

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