As a travel home health RN, you'll be responsible for providing care to patients who are unable to leave their homes. You'll need to have compassion and empathy for what these patients are going through while also being able to provide them with an environment that is comfortable and conducive to healing.
Travel nursing can be an exciting and rewarding career, especially for those who are excited about experiencing new places and meeting new people. There are many benefits to working as travel home health rn, such as an increased income, professional development opportunities, and gaining experience in areas outside of your own geographic region.
610 Travel Home Health RN jobs available
610 Travel Home Health RN jobs available
Travel Home Health Nurse FAQ
What Does a Home Health Nurse Do?
Home health nurses visit patients in their homes to deliver medical care as ordered by a physician. They may work either on shifts, assisting one patient for several hours at a time or intermittently, traveling to care for several patients in one day. Home health RNs are responsible for the initial patient assessment, determine the plan of care, and coordinating care with the rest of the home health team.
Typical Home Health RN Responsibilities:
Take vital signs, help patients with mobility issues, perform wound care, administer medications, and draw blood.
Teach patients and their families how to manage their disease, such as diabetes or heart failure, and when to contact the nurse or physician.
Teach patients and families how to self-administer IV medications, change wound dressings, and insert urinary catheters.
Bran/spinal cord injury
How Much Do Home Health Nurses Make?
The salary of a registered nurse can vary significantly depending on the experience of the nurse as well as the experience, certifications, and location they are working. The median salary for a registered nurse was $ 80,010 per year or $36.22 per hour in 2020 with most earning between $61,630 and $93,590 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Entry-level registered nurse jobs or those with the lowest 10% salary earned around $53,410, while the highest 10% earned more than $116,230. Typically, a travel nurse job will provide higher hourly and weekly pay than permanent positions in the same location, especially for critical care units like medical-surgical units.
How to Become a Home Health Travel Nurse?
Education & License Requirements
In order to work as a Home Health RN, Registered Nurses must complete their associate's or bachelor's degree in nursing and take the National Council Licensure Exam NCLEX -RN Exam, which is a requirement to practice as an RN in the United States. Once the NCLEX exam is passed and you meet the board of nursing license requirements in your state, then all that is left is to do is gain the necessary experience in your specialty and explore additional certifications.
Where Do Home Health Nurses Work?
Home health nurses work in a variety of settings, including private residences, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities. They provide care for patients who require medical attention but prefer to remain in the comfort and familiarity of their own homes.
How Do Pay Packages work for Home Health Travel Nurse Jobs?
While compensation offers can vary greatly depending on the contract or agency offering, pay packages for Home Health travel nurses typically have four major components: hourly taxable wages, meals and incidentals, housing, and travel. The estimated weekly gross pay is based on the specified number of hours per week and includes available stipend amounts.
Full-time nurses working at healthcare facilities receive a salary, but most travel nurse employers offer hourly wages. Every pay package must include a taxable hourly wage, and the amount can vary depending on the shift, location, and specialty required of the assignment.
Housing payments can be included in a payment from a staffing agency. This is typically offered in two ways. Either the company is providing housing, or the traveler is taking the housing stipend. It is more beneficial for the traveler to take the housing stipend for two primary reasons. First, they will have a choice in where they stay. Everyone’s definitions of comfortable and acceptable are different. The second reason the housing stipend is more beneficial for them is that it can be given as a nontaxable amount.
Meals and Incidentals
Also known as per diems, meal and incidental stipends provide a daily budget for daily living expenses. These standards vary depending on the cost of living in cities and states across the country.
Travel is the last portion of the pay package. Many recruiters may not even offer travel and instead put that money into the per diems or housing for their traveler so they are receiving the benefits over the entire contract, not just at the very beginning or end of the contract. While a travel stipend can be used to cover the cost of a flight for the traveler, it is more often than not used to subsidize the traveler’s expenses to and from an assignment. Travel expenses can be offered as a reimbursement rate per mile, though many agencies will opt to offer a flat rate to and from an assignment.
Getting Started as a Home Health Travel Nurse
Many Home Health nurses find work through recruitment agencies and marketplaces, which means you have better access to job boards to choose your schedule, location, and salary. When you begin browsing for jobs, be sure to consider the housing options, the benefits, the guaranteed hours' policy, and the recruiting company’s overall reputation.
The good news is that Fusion Marketplace has everything you need when it comes to finding the perfect traveling nursing jobs. Here, you have the freedom to compare benefits, packages, and staffing agencies—all in one place. So find your next job today.