While most professionals seek permanent positions to build their careers, there are multiple lucrative opportunities for those willing to travel to take interim health care positions. The demand for professionals in nursing homes, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, assisted living settings, hospices, and most other care facilities is steadily growing. There are currently shortages of qualified registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), certified administrators, directors of nursing (DON), and wound care nurses nationwide.
One way facilities are dealing with the problem is hiring professionals to fill vacant positions for thirteen-week periods at a time. That keeps facilities in compliance while a permanent replacement is found for the vacancy. In some cases, the assignment may be renewed for another thirteen-weeks. The pay is substantial and there are travel and living expense provisions as well.
In addition to the pay, interim positions provide experience for nurses and administrators. This is helpful for those who are not sure what specialty, if any, they wish to pursue during their careers. It is also beneficial to professionals who are considering becoming supervisors or administrators. Working with a staffing agency that assigns professionals to interim positions is the best way to have experience count because the employment record will indicate experience gained at each specific position
Management positions are much different than floor positions in long-term care facilities of any kind. It is difficult for some nurses to give up daily contact with residents or patients to take higher positions. Trying an interim position can help inform that decision. It will certainly allow professionals to learn more details about what is expected of managers in those settings.
You Get to Travel
Applying for interim positions provides the opportunity to travel nationwide every six months. See the country and still hold a job. There are very few occupations that offer that sense of freedom. The advantages include keeping burnout and boredom at bay, seeing different ways of approaching long-term care, meeting new people all the time, and visiting interesting places. It is not a lifestyle for everyone, but those who are not ready to settle in any one place will enjoy the changes in scenery.