There comes a time when a travel nurse wants to get off the road and set down some roots.
Perhaps you’ve landed in the perfect city and you want to make it permanent. Or you simply want to try a different career path. For those already having trouble coping with on-the-job stress, a permanent position is almost a necessity. Whatever the reason, the change to permanent employment is a big step.
So, here are some benefits to consider for getting off the road – as well as some tips to help you find the right permanent career path going forward.
Benefit #1: Stable Location for Home and Family
While being a traveling nurse may appeal to those wanting to experience multiple locations around the country, it can be tough for families who need more of a routine. Settling down allows you to be in one residence for a prolonged period of time, creating roots in that location and community.
Benefit #2: Job Security
Entering a permanent position in a healthcare facility can enhance job security, which you may not have as a traveler. Registered nurses, especially those with a BSN, are and will continue to be in high demand across the country. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects registered nurse employment to grow 15% between the years 2016 and 2026, a much faster rate than the average for all occupations.
Benefit #3: Potential for Growth in the Hospital System
Not only does nursing offer great job security, but it also presents strong salary potential, with plenty of room to grow. In nursing, the sky is the limit. Whether you want to become a legal nurse consultant in an office setting or get right into the action of a hospital trauma unit, there is an incredible variety of career paths available to nurses.
Tips for Finding the Perfect Permanent Position
If you’ve decided to pursue a permanent position, it’s important to seek out a permanent placement agency well-versed in the healthcare and nursing fields. Permanent recruiting firms include resume tailoring, mock interviews, and, of course, seeking positions that fit your skills.
Some important things to do prior to reaching out to an agency include:
- Updating your resume: Think of your resume as a living document that grows with you. Be sure to update your resume regularly to ensure all your skills are properly displayed for employers.
- Think about your destination: As a permanently placed nurse, you’ll be in one location for at least a year or two, maybe even your entire career. Make sure you’ve got a list of your ideal locations handy when speaking with your recruiter.
- Opening up to your recruiter: The more you share your personal and professional goals, the more they can assist you in making these goals a reality.
Helping you Reach the Next Step in your Career
Whether you’re new to nursing, or have been around the block a few times, finding the right permanent position can often be stressful. Especially if you’ve spent the last few years on the road as a traveler.
If you need help figuring out your next career move, contact the healthcare recruiting experts at i4 Search Group. We’ll take the time to discuss your goals, explore the best options, and help get you on the right path to a challenging and rewarding permanent nursing career. There’s no obligation, so when you’re ready to make that move – let us know!
i4 Search Group – Recruiting Healthcare Heroes since 2019. We’re a permanent placement recruiting firm specializing in healthcare recruiting across North America. If you’re a nursing, allied health, or any other healthcare professional looking for your next career move, visit our website and see how our experienced team of professionals can help you find a great position in 2021.