Staff nurses in a hospital are usually paid a set salary based on education and experience.
They typically receive incremental pay increases at various time frames.
Lastly, areas that are considered “destination locations” (like, Hawaii and Florida) may pay lower.
Though, with rapid-response assignments, this isn’t always the case. Non-specialty nurses such as the medical/surgical and psychiatric specialties are typically paid a lower rate than specialized nurses.
The good news is that many hospitals offer higher rates for their night shift assignments.
If you want to make the most money, flexibility is key.
“Travel nursing isn’t worth it anymore.” You’ve probably heard this sentiment echoed throughout the nursing community. Or, the freedom to stay clear of hospital politics?
So, what exactly isn’t “worth” it about travel nursing? No, all those moments create the epic memories of a travel nurse’s 'wanderlust' experience.
If you’re looking to make the most money possible, the best way to do so is to work rapid-response assignments or strikes.
Ask any travel nurse why they chose to leave their staff job to travel.