Traveling Nurses Housing

Traveling nursing intrigues many, as it offers a frequent change of pace, a high salary, and excellent opportunities for experience. However, many struggle with the logistics of working as a travel nursing. One common question raised is that of housing. How do travel nurses find housing? And how is it reimbursed?

How Travel Nursing Works

Traveling nurses do exactly what the name implies: they provide nursing care on a traveling basis, working wherever they are needed. They can expect to work in a number of facilities for variable amounts of time. Travel nursing is admittedly unreliable, as needs can change in just a day. However, the high rate of pay makes travel nursing a desirable option for many. In addition, it provides nurses with the opportunity to travel the country while still having a moderately consistent job.

At first, travel nursing may seem confusing. Many people talk about the high rate of pay, but the typical pay for a traveling nurse is only $20 per hour. This does not seem substantial, but there are additional benefits that make the effective rate of pay much higher. $20 per hour rate is the taxable rate, but on top of this you can expect a stipend of about $250 a week for meals, $2,000 a month for lodging, and $500 for travel expenses. The benefit of these pay supplements is that they are non-taxable. These non-taxable amounts increase the rate for a traveling nurse from $20 up to about $40 an hour.

Travel Nursing Housing Options

While the above-mentioned $40 an hour seems like excellent pay, it is not quite that simple. When working out the details of a traveling nurse housing contract, two housing options are typically offered.

One option is a housing stipend, typically estimated at around $2,000 a month, with the exact rate dependent on location. With this stipend, a nurse is expected to find their own lodging. Some find this beneficial as the allowance more than covers their accommodation and the excess can be kept. This route requires close scrutiny, however, as many factors can affect housing options. The primary concern is budget. In order for travel nursing to be as lucrative as many claim it is, not only rent, but utilities, furniture, and other housing related expenses must be accounted for. It can also be difficult to find an affordable option on short notice and for a short period of time. Some travel nurses even make use of an RV or local friends to ensure their bottom line. So the allowance option is beneficial for those who want control over where they stay, but can be more complex than it initially seems.

On the other hand, a travel nurse has the option of the placing agency finding you housing. This housing includes furniture, utilities, housewares, and even potentially additional benefits like cable and internet. This option is great for those who do not want to worry about the details, especially on short notice. Occasionally, a travel contract may be negotiated with just a few days notice, and in these cases figuring out housing can be difficult. Agency housing may be the easiest choice in this scenario.

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