Travel nurses are nurses who work for agencies that place them in assignments where nursing staff is needed. They have the luxury of choosing which city, state, and even country they wish to work.

Many potential travel nurses are curious as to how they are set up in their new city. Relocation costs can include:

  • Moving expenses
  • Accommodations
  • Living expenses
  • Transportation

So, who pays for what? The answer lies in the individual agency. Many agencies offer a sign on bonus, that can be used as to offset relocation costs. Other agencies offer to pay for:

  • Health Insurance
  • Housing
  • 401 (k) plan
  • Travel costs
  • Continuing education courses
  • Assistance with MSN/ BSN programs
  • Certification and licensing reimbursements
  • Guaranteed pay (in case of shift cancellation)
  • Paid Worker's Compensation/ Liability insurance

While the above reimbursements are attractive to travel nurses, it's important to note that if the nurse must break contract, he/she may be required to pay back the costs that were paid by the agency. Nurses should research agencies and make sure they read the fine print before signing. Recruiters are available to help explain cost reimbursement and what is covered.

RELATED: RN License Transfer and eNLC Guide

Additionally, nurses should read the specifics about coverage. For example, while medical coverage might be available through an agency, there may be high co-pays or deductibles, and specialty services may not be covered. Recruiters can help break down the specifics for travel nurses.

Find a travel nurse job.

Amanda Bucceri Androus RN, BSN
Latest posts by Amanda Bucceri Androus RN, BSN

Our Visitors Found These Nursing Topics Useful

Pesticides Nurse

Inherent Risks of Pesticides - Nurse's Point of View

The widespread use of pesticides across the globe has been a controversial topic for many decades. Pesticides such as insecticides, herbicides, fumigants, and fungicides are used to protect crops and other plants from infections, weeds, and insects. Typically, direct exposure…

Group of nurses standing in stairwell

How to Be an Effective Preceptor

Tired of working short-staffed, your manager has received the go-ahead to hire more staff for your unit. After a week of hospital orientation, the newly-hired nurses are ready to hit the floor for...more orientation. And you've been asked to help…

Should RNs Go to Professional Nursing Conferences?

The short answer to this question is yes - there is a huge benefit to nurses attending nursing conferences. There are several reasons why attending professional conferences is advantageous to nurses; read on to see why it's a good idea.…

Is Nursing Education Contributing to the Nursing Shortage?

Nurses make up the largest majority of the healthcare profession with nearly 4 million in the U.S. alone. It is estimated that the need for registered nurses (RNs) will skyrocket to 15%, more than double that of other occupations, in…

Strong group medical team

Healthcare is a Team Sport

With so much attention on the nurses these past few months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I want to take a moment to recognize the immense value that all team members play in healthcare: Housekeeping These are our silent heroes…