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Holiday jobs for nurses: 5 reasons to travel this holiday season

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Maybe you’re dreaming of a white Christmas but grew up in Florida. Or you’re already sick of the colder weather and ready to head south for the winter. Whatever your motivation may be, there are more holiday jobs for nurses than ever, and many are paying top rates. These jobs (and rates) won’t last forever, so now is the time to start planning your holiday assignment. Here are five reasons to work the during the holidays this year.

1. Extra holiday pay

While it depends on the facility and your specialty, you will most likely notice a pay boost when you take a travel nursing assignment during the holiday season. With the spike in COVID-19 cases, rates are even higher than usual this year in many locations. While the highest paying jobs aren’t always the most exciting ones, it’s a great way to earn a little extra for holiday gifts or paying off your debts or student loans.

2. A chance to give back

One of the best reasons to work the holidays is the opportunity to help your patients — and your coworkers — get through this difficult time. The holidays will be harder than ever this year on both patients and nurses. No one wants to be stuck in a hospital bed, away from home, and missing the chance to celebrate with family. You can brighten someone’s day with a cheerful attitude and make a real difference during their stay. You’ll find that you feel better and that the holiday may mean more because you spent it with someone who really needed you there.

3. Opportunities to learn — and stand out

Taking a new assignment always presents the opportunity to learn from other nurses or doctors, and people are often more open to sharing during the holidays. A colleague may ask for your help or strike up a conversation, and you’ll have the chance to learn from them or show what you know. If you’d like to work at this facility in the future, working when other staff nurses are on vacation is a great time to prove your worth. You may even be asked to extend your contract or return to that hospital next year if you impress the manager.

4. More flexible schedules

If you’re frequently working the night shift and want to switch to day shifts, the holidays are a great time to make that request. Since staff nurses want time off from November to January, you’ll have more flexibility in the hours you work during those months. You may even be able to take some weekends off, depending on when certain holidays fall, or work only weekends so your weekdays are free.

5. Time for yourself

The holiday season can be stressful for many people. Why not escape from the demands of the holiday (even if you’re putting them on yourself) and head somewhere completely different for a month or two? You may find you come home after your assignment recharged and ready to start a brand-new year with different priorities.

If you’d like to see what holiday jobs for nurses might be available this season, you can browse a few here. Though it may not seem like working over the holidays would be a good idea, your patients and the staff members you come to relieve will thank you. You are making a huge difference in the world right now, and we’re thankful for your dedicated service.

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Lindsay Wilcox

Lindsay Wilcox is a healthcare writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional writing experience. When she's not circling typos, she's enjoying fish tacos and hanging out with her family.

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