Andrew Wettengel / Thursday, December 28, 2017 / Categories: Work World, Travel


Separating fact from fiction is an integral part of any informative blog because, let’s face it, there are a lot of falsehoods out here on the web. The world of travel nursing is no different. Chances are you’ve heard some whoppers about our profession and you’ve wondered whether they were true.

That's what this blog is all about. Today we're going to lay down some truth by correcting the five falsehoods we hear most often.

* The 50-mile rule. Even some recruiters are guilty of believing this myth. The 50-mile rule, as it is commonly called, is a falsehood that states a travel nurse is eligible for tax-free stipends so long as the nurse is at least 50 miles away from their tax home. Nope, not true, and it certainly won’t fly with the IRS. More detail on that here.

* Travel nursing is only for extroverts. Yes, the idea of meeting several new people with each assignment can be daunting for some people, but it doesn’t have to prevent you from accepting a travel nursing assignment. Healthcare facilities don’t care if you’re an extrovert or not. They are looking for compassionate, talented nurses and all personalities who fit that bill are certainly welcome.

* Pets and family members must stay behind. Fortunately, this one isn’t true at all. Travel nursing can be a family affair — no matter how large your family is. If you plan to travel with family members, let your recruiter know this ahead of time and they can help you find the best housing solution for your needs.

* Opportunities only exist in major metro areas. Opportunities are often based on demand, so larger population centers have more need — but they don’t have all of it. Smaller communities often find themselves devoid of professional talent and depend on travelers to fill the gap. Talk to your recruiter and they can help you find an assignment in a community that fits your size goals.

* No matter what, my role will be over in a few months. It can be or it could not be. Some travel nurses accept an assignment and return home when it’s finished, that's true. However, other assignments may leave room for the option to resign and stay in the role for another 13 weeks. Work hard and show your skills and there’s no telling how long you could stay — and that's a fact. 


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