Is Healthcare Travel the Right Move for You?

May 28, 2024


Megan Bebout

IsHealthcareTravelTheRightMoveForYouLet’s be honest — there are lots of reasons why people choose a healthcare travel career. From enhancing skills to visiting destinations you’ve never explored to weekly paychecks, there are many benefits. But how do you know that healthcare travel is the right move for you?

It’s not up to us to decide the direction of your career, but what we can do is give you the important information you may need to make the decision that’s best for you. Here’s what you need to know.


Is Healthcare Travel the Right Move for You?


Perks of travel nursing and allied health travel

Ready to unlock a wealth of benefits for travel nurses and allied professionals?

At the top of the list is the potential for increased pay, since many travel assignments often offer higher wages and stipends compared to perm staff members. Plus, as a traveler, you’ll gain the career flexibility to pick assignments that match your lifestyle, whether you want to work in hospitals or rural clinics or take a break between travel nursing jobs or allied jobs.

Not only could you earn higher pay and experience career flexibility, but travel nursing and allied health travel also gives you the chance to learn and grow with every facility you work in. With exposure to different healthcare settings and practices, you’ll become even more skilled and adaptable.

Related: The Perks of Being a Travel Nurse or Allied Health Traveler

Financial benefits. ✅ Personal freedom. ✅ Continuous personal and professional growth. ✅ Healthcare travel could fill all your buckets.


Signs you’re ready for a healthcare travel career


You may be itching to update your LinkedIn profile to include “traveler” in your professional title. If that’s the case, check out this list of sure-fire signs and ensure you’re ready to start your next great adventure.

✈️You’re adaptable and adjust easily to new environments

✈️You face challenges and unexpected situations with strength and positivity

✈️You’re able to clearly convey information and comfortably connect with people from diverse backgrounds

✈️You find new solutions and make informed decisions, even in unfamiliar situations

✈️You have a deep understanding and sensitivity toward the cultural and emotional needs of others

✈️You’re eager to continuously learn and embrace opportunities to gain new skills and knowledge

✈️You have a genuine curiosity about new places and experiences

✈️You’re passionate about the well-being of others and wish to make a positive impact

Whether you want to travel to vibrant cities or tranquil landscapes, take advantage of the freedom and flexibility that healthcare travel offers and explore different places, meet new people, and expand your horizons, all while doing what you love most.

Fusion Medical Staffing traveler resources

You should know that when you travel with us, we’re going to go all out to make sure you have everything you need for a great travel assignment. That means that we have resources on resources on resources available to you at every point in your journey.

With us, you’ll have a dedicated team of supporters — including members from our traveler experience team, clinical experts, and of course, your recruiter — who are always available to answer any questions that you need answered, whether that’s information about your new city, health insurance, or benefits of travel nursing and allied travel.

For times when you need a little additional TLC, there’s our employee assistance program (EAP). Regardless of if you’re dealing with stress from work, financial worries, or personal issues, LifeWorks EAP is there to lend a hand. From financial advice to help you manage your budget or pay off debt, emotional support with counseling services, and even physical health resources to keep you feeling your best, we offer you an EAP to ensure you’re supported in every aspect of your life.

Learn more about LifeWorks EAP.

GettyImages-1708238793-minAnd in case that doesn’t cover it, we also offer our travel nurses and allied health professionals access to free mental health resources.

Learn more about Fusion Medical Staffing’s free mental health resources.

Of course, the support doesn’t stop there. From our experience, securing temporary lodging as a healthcare traveler can be one of the biggest hurdles you overcome with a travel assignment. That’s why we have a slew of tips and tricks for finding short-term housing, and we’re not gatekeeping that important information.

Learn more about tips on searching for lodging.

It’s our duty to give you the tools and guidance you need to thrive in your healthcare travel career, and we take that very seriously.

Frequently asked questions

How long does a typical travel assignment last?

Typically, travel assignments for registered nurses (RNs) and allied professionals last an average of 13 weeks. During that time, you get to immerse yourself in new environments, adapt to diverse medical settings, and gain valuable experience.

Related: Benefits of Extending Your Healthcare Travel Contract

But the journey may not always end after 13 weeks — travel assignments may come with the possibility of extension, allowing you to continue your work in the same location.

How much experience do I need to start traveling?

So, now you know that healthcare travel IS the right move for you. How do you get started?

To begin, you must have the necessary experience in your field. Here’s a breakdown of our traveler experience requirements:

👉Nursing: RNs, licensed practical nurses (LPNs), surgical techs, sterile processors, and any other nursing professionals must have 12 months of combined total experience within the past three years

👉Cardiopulmonary: anesthesia techs, dieticians, electrocardiogram techs, electroencephalogram techs, perfusionists, polysomnography, respiratory therapists, and any other cardiopulmonary professionals must have 12 months of combined total experience within the past three years

👉Lab: phlebotomists, pathology assistants/techs, histology technicians, histotechnologist, medical technologist, medical lab technicians, and any other medical laboratory professionals must have 12 months of combined total experience within the past three years

👉Cath lab: cath lab directors, cath lab managers, cath lab nurses, cath lab techs, interventional radiology nurses, interventional radiology techs, electrophysiology nurses, electrophysiology techs, and any other cath lab professionals must have 12 months of combined total experience within the past three years

👉Radiology: rad techs, ultrasound techs, rad therapy, nuclear medicine techs, physicists, computed tomography tech, magnetic resonance imaging techs, and any other radiology professionals must have 12 months of combined total experience within the past three years

👉Home health: RNs, LPNs, and any other home health professionals must have 12 months of combined total experience within the past three years of general nursing experience, plus six months of additional combined total experience within the past three years of home health experience

👉Long-term care: RNs, LPNs, medical assistants, directors of nursing, certified nursing assistants (CNAs), medication aides, and any other long-term care professionals must have 12 months of combined total experience within the past three years

👉Therapy: occupational therapy assistants and physical therapy assistants must have 12 months of combined total experience within the past three years; occupational therapists, physical therapists, and speech-language pathologists can start traveling upon receiving a valid state license

What do people like about traveling with Fusion Medical Staffing?

We’re not usually ones to toot our own horn, so we’ll let our travelers do the bragging for us. We asked, they shared, and these are some of the top things people love about traveling with us.

“I’ve worked with multiple companies and recruiters as a travel nurse and my Fusion Medical Staffing recruiter has never let me down or disappointed me,” said Traveling Intensive Care Unit RN Rebecca. “My recruiter here is easy to work with, professional, and has a great attention to detail. I sense that he genuinely cares about me and checks to make sure things are running smoothly. He provides support, encouragement, and valuable insight into helping me find the best contracts for me. I know I can rely on him every step of the way.”

Related: What Healthcare Travelers Love About Fusion Medical Staffing Recruiters

One of the standout features of working with us is having the same recruiter for every job, ensuring a seamless and trusted relationship with someone who understands your needs and career goals. Additionally, other beloved benefits we offer include day one benefits, clinical advocacy, 401(K) retirement matching, and paid time-off. And the fun doesn’t stop there.

“If you’re looking for travel advice and what company to work for, Fusion Medical Staffing is your answer,” said Kristin, traveling surgical tech with Fusion Medical Staffing. “My time with Fusion Medical Staffing has been nothing but positive all the way around. If you’re open and honest about your traveling needs/wants, whether it’s to make tons of money or simply work in the location you want, they’ll make it happen. Don’t believe the hype? See for yourself!”



You already have the passion and expertise to make a positive impact in the lives of others so the question is not “can you expand your reach?” but rather, “how will you do it?” Easy: start traveling with us.