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Travel Nursing in your backyard: What Does It Mean?

Chances are good that you’ve heard the term “local travel nurse” but aren’t sure exactly what it is. Let’s dive in!

What is Local Travel Nursing

Quite simply, local travel nursing is when you live close enough to go home each day after your shift. Depending on where you live, local travel nurses may be asked to float to different facilities or they may spend their entire contract in one hospital. Before you sign a contract, it’s important to understand what you’ll be doing so you can make sure you’re comfortable with what’s expected.

What Are the Benefits of Local Travel Nursing?

There are three distinct benefits of local travel nursing. One—although these travel nurses don’t usually receive a stipend (tax free money for housing/meals and incidentals which is set forth by the federal government), they are typically paid a larger hourly rate than staff nurses. Two—and this is a big one—local travel nurses get to go home each night at the end of their shift. Three—because you’re local, you don’t need to worry about getting a new license from another state. This means you can just start right up, as soon as you go through the compliance and onboarding process.

What Are the drawbacks of Local Travel Nursing?

Along with some benefits, there are a couple drawbacks, so you’ll have to decide if these are dealbreakers for you. The first is that you won’t usually be eligible for stipends. After all, a stipend is used to compensate you for duplicated expenses and if you’re going home each night, you’re not going to have those. Another is that some hospitals or states can prohibit local travel. For instance, during the Covid crisis, Texas refused to allow any Texas based travel nurse to take a crisis assignment, even if they lived hours away. This was a state-wide decision by the government, unrelated to any agency or facility.

How to Get Started With Local Travel Nursing

If you’re interested in getting started as a local travel nurse, make sure to have a conversation with your recruiter. Your recruiter needs to understand that you’re only looking for a local contract so that they can find you the best option.

If you’re interested in local or tradition1al travel nurse jobs, visit our job board or connect with a recruiter at Specialty Professional Services . Call today 800-863-3600