What Are the Advantages of Being a Travel LPN?


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Advantages of serving as a travel Licensed Practical Nurse, or an LPN, include visiting unique destinations, having flexibility over work schedule, enjoying bonus payments and receiving relatively high wages. Travel LPNs receive degrees in practical nursing, letting them complete less comprehensive educational programs than traditional registered nurses, or RNs. Earning a degree or certificate with fewer educational requirements ultimately lowers the cost and time of schooling, helping travel LPNs enter the workforce quickly.

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LPNs enjoy considerable flexibility deciding when and where to work. They might choose work destinations based on personal interests or lifestyles. Avid hikers, for instance, might select work locations in mountainous regions. Some travel LPNs work in more traditional settings, such as physicians' offices, hospitals, clinics and even private homes, but travel between those places instead of remaining in one setting. Most enter contractual agreements with employers; contracts typically last 13 weeks.

Travel LPNs choose their work schedules - some work full time, while others work selected contract times, then take time off. Most travel LPNs receive substantial bonuses. These bonuses range between $500 and $1,500. Travel LPNs, like RNs, receive compensation for working overtime.

These professionals generally earn certificates by enrolling in special nursing programs, lasting about a year. In addition to completing these state programs, LPNs need licenses for practicing.

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