Travel nursing is a great way to see the country and expand your professional skill set. However, many travel nurses report that finding housing in a new city is extremely stressful and overwhelming. In this travel nurse housing guide, we provide you with all the information you need to make the hunt for accommodations an easy one. We explore the housing options available to you, highlight ways that you can maximize your housing stipend and offer some best practices that should always be followed when looking for travel nurse housing.
An Overview of Travel Nurse Housing Options
When it comes to travel nurse housing options, your healthcare staffing agency will likely offer you one of two choices: agency-placed housing or a housing stipend.
With agency-placed housing, your healthcare staffing agency secures accommodations on your behalf. This means the agency assumes responsibility for finding a location, signing a rental agreement, paying the rent, etc. While this is a terrific option for first time travel nurses or for those who get easily overwhelmed, there are some associated drawbacks. For instance, with agency-placed housing you do not get a say in where (and sometimes with whom) you will be living. For this reason, most seasoned travel nurses prefer to receive a housing stipend.
As a proud supporter of our non-profit partner, Heroes for Healthcare, Premier Medical Staffing Services is always excited to share stories of the amazing things that happen when the military and nursing intersect. Our recent interview with David and Rebecca Goings, a dynamic husband and wife team, is a prime example of the ingenuity and hard work that results from a combination of these forces. Keep reading to find out how David’s military career and Rebecca’s nursing career launched a successful business, Goings Places LLC, that is now helping military families, travel nurses and so many others.
1. Tell us a little bit about yourselves. What are your professional backgrounds? When and how did you meet? How long have you been married?
Rebecca: David and I met 10 years ago through mutual friends, the stereotypical “eyes meeting from across a crowded room” type scene! We lost touch for a few years while David deployed overseas, and I began my journey through nursing school. Now, we’ve been married for three wonderfully exciting years. David has encouraged me my whole career, since I became a brand-new nurse to transitioning to critical care and then to travel nursing. David served seven years in the Army Infantry, eventually earning the rank of Captain, before he joined the world of real estate investing.