According to Vivian Health, a national health care hiring agency, the average weekly pay for U.S. travel nurse pay in December 2022 was $3,177, down 16% from December 2021′s $3,782.
Money isn’t the only reason travel nurses don’t stay in one place, however, according to the survey.
Almost as important was freedom and flexibility, with 67% listing it as a motivator. According to the survey, 41% said they would never go back to a staff position.
Also influencing travel nurses were:
- Sense of adventure: 32%
- Work/life balance: 32%
- Ability to focus on patient, not the politics: 26%
Overall, 76% of the nurses surveyed said they were satisfied with their recent travel job, compared to only 51% who said the same about their last staff position.
According to Nomad Health, a digital marketplace for health care staffing, traveling “helps nurses avoid the elements that contribute to burnout, such as long shifts, challenging patient-to-staff ratios and hospital politics,” Heath Leaders reported.