Short term employment can take multiple forms when working with an agency. Agencies offer a level of flexibility that nurses don’t have when working as a staff member for a specific facility. You may be looking to stay close to home to work per diem shifts at a facility. Or, you may be looking to travel for a certain amount of time. In either case, a short term assignment can offer several benefits. We’ve explored the top five short term employment benefits below:

1. Opportunity to experience multiple facilities

When you choose a short term assignment, you can experience a variety of facilities without a long term commitment. Are you wanting to move to a new state but what to see if it lives up to the hype? A travel assignment in the area can give you a taste of what daily life is like in the area. Are you moving to a new area but not sure where you want to work? Per diem shifts through an agency allows you to experience different facilities as you settle into your new neighborhood.

2. Learn and network at an accelerated pace

When placed at a facility for a shortened length of time, you are typically expected to hit the ground running with little to no orientation. While they may sound daunting to some, for others, it allows them to thrive in a fast paced environment. In addition to on the job learning, short term assignments allow you to grow your network faster than most people as you meet more people, more frequently.

3. More control of your schedule

While this may look different if you are working per diem or travel, you typically have more control of your schedule. When working per diem, if you feel like you want a day or two off, you just don’t have to accept shifts. If you are a traveler, you typically don’t get time off during your travel contract. However, you can take as much time off as you like (and can afford) in between assignments.

4. Avoiding workplace burnout

When you work at the same facility day in and day out, burnout is possible. It’s easier to get burned out by the same people, same routines, and (often), the same drama. If things aren’t working for you at a particular facility, you have the choice to leave after a couple of days (per diem) or a few weeks (travel). You don’t have the worry of whether you will have another job to go to when it all becomes too much.

5. Dodging workplace politics and drama

This is a bit of a carryover from the previous benefit. However, even if you don’t completely burnout, most people are not a fan of the politics and drama that can come with working for a certain place for any length of time. In most cases, short term nurses have the luxury of simply showing up, doing their job, and then leaving. There typically is no expectation of socialization or relationship building with your colleagues. Thus, you are usually able to leave most drama at the door and get on with your job.

Flexibility that meets your needs 

Agency employment can take several different forms- local PRN shifts, short term travel contracts, and longer term local placement.  The beauty of trusting your employment with an agency is that you have the flexibility to choose what suits at the time. So, if you are looking to travel, there are jobs for you. If you are interested in relocating but are not sure where you want to work once you settle in, there are jobs for you. Or, even if you are looking for a longer term placement at a facility in your area, there are jobs for you.

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