Travel nurse assignments typically last 13 weeks. With part of it spent training and adjusting to a new facility, you’ll reach the end of your assignment before you know it. If the length of your assignment was too short for your liking and you want to extend it, you can ask your recruiter for more time or for help on finding similar opportunities in the area.
Here are a few reasons why you may want to extend your travel nurse assignment and the benefits of doing so.
You’ve Found a Work Environment You Love
Your experience might have exposed you to your ideal work environment. Whether you clicked with your team, enjoyed working in your unit, or both, extending your travel nurse assignment allows you to continue working in a positive and fulfilling space. As you take on more assignments in the future, you can always look back to when you extended your assignment to see if any upcoming opportunities align with what you know feels right.
Additionally, the people you’ve connected with are now part of your network. In the same way you’d help and support them, they’re there to help and support you as you move forward in your career.
You’ll Have More Time to Enjoy Where You Are
Perhaps what you loved most about your assignment was the location. Whether it’s the weather, scenery or local hot spots, you enjoy where you are, and that’s as good a reason as any to extend your stay. Even if the work itself gets stressful and winding down around town is what you love most about your travel nurse assignment, then extending your assignment is still worth it.
It’s a Practical Decision to Stay Longer
You don’t have to have an emotional connection to where you work and live to want to stay. Sometimes extending your assignment is the move to make because it makes the most sense. Below are practical reasons to stay where you are longer:
- You want more stability. If you don’t have an assignment lined up that you’re passionate about and would rather stay in your current position, then extending your assignment is a safe and practical option.
- You’re comfortable where you are. If you don’t want to start over at a completely new facility, unit, and location, you can stay where you are.
- You can see yourself building a life here. If you love where you are and want to see if the feeling is still there longer term, then test the waters for longer. After an extension, you can see if you want to pursue a more permanent position.
If You Want to Stay, Know You Have Support
If you’re weighing the pros and cons of staying and want more professional insight on extending your travel nurse assignment, a recruiter can help. HealthCare Support is a national staffing resource that supports the professional, personal and financial goals of passionate healthcare professionals. With compassionate guidance and highly responsive support, our dedicated recruiters can help you thrive where you are. We’ll help you throughout the extension process to make sure your situation aligns with what you want.
To connect with our team, please give us a call at 888-219-6285.