Blog originally published on July 30, 2020.
Updated on October 6, 2021.

Dreaming of a career in nursing that offers travel, skill development and financial stability?

Most nurses know about travel nursing, but many don’t know all the great financial benefits it offers. Are you a qualified nurse looking for a change of scenery, or hoping to add a new, exciting experience to your life? Maybe you are looking for a way to save up for a big purchase!

Here are 6 great financial reasons to travel nurse:

1. Explore Canada – on us!

Have you ever dreamed of exploring more of Canada? Select Medical offers placements in over ten Canadian jurisdictions…and you don’t have to pick just one!

With cross-country assignment locations, there are countless places to explore, and plenty of new friends to make, while growing your career. On days off you can indulge in a weekend getaway, but you can also take time off between assignments at any time throughout the year. Once your assignment is finished, you can visit family, rest up, or simply carry on your adventure in a new location. The country is your oyster…take a look at what our nurses have said about some of their favourite work-travel destinations:

Top Travel Nursing Destination: Manitoba
Travel Nursing in Saskatchewan: A Top Rated Destination
Top Travel Nursing Destination: Nova Scotia
Travel Nurse Diaries: Sarah’s Found Gold in The Yukon
Adventure Awaits! Do you Want to Know the Best Kept Secret in Alberta?

2. Travel nurses can make more money

It’s true! When you work as a travel nurse for Select Medical Connections you can receive anywhere from $30 – $70 per hour or higher depending on location, your experience, and your specialty. With a better salary, travel nursing can help you line your pockets and build a financial nest egg, and in pandemic times, the pay rate may even be higher.

3. Travel and housing covered

When you work as a travel nurse for Select Medical Connections, you receive free accommodation when out on assignment. That means no need to pay rent! By eliminating this significant cost from our nurses’ lives, we hear countless stories of how travel nursing enables a downpayment for a first home, paying off student loans, affording a wedding, or a new car, or a luxury vacation. What would you do with all that extra rent money?!

As if that wasn’t enough, your travel costs to and from your assignment are paid for when you work as a travel nurse with Select Medical Connections.

4. Carpe per diem

Seize the per diem! Select Medical Connections also provides a daily allowance to our travel nurses, anywhere between $28 – $42 per day depending on location and your specialty. Your expenses will be even further reduced while out on assignment since you’ll have a daily budget to cover your meals, or whatever you choose!

5. Professional growth

If you travel nurse consistently, you’ll find yourself on an ever-changing career path. Yes, working in a new hospital can be challenging, and even intimidating at first, but it is also incredibly rewarding and a great way to grow your career.

You may be exposed to a variety of locations across Canada but also different ways of providing care, which can add up to both professional and personal growth. Some assignments even come with paid coursework to help advance your career and develop life skills to take with you. Courses may include Hazardous Drugs & Safety training, Care and Discharge Planning, and Emergency Department Management. Get paid to educate! 

6. Get paid to talk to your peers

Referral Bonus​You’ll love travel nursing with us so much that you’ll want to bring your friends and co-workers on board. This is why we offer referral bonuses! Is there a nurse you loved working with during your last full-time position? Well, imagine if she joined you on your next travel assignment and you made a few hundred dollars from it. It’s a win-win situation.

Consider the benefits

Travel nursing is a great way to experience new places, and the financial benefits that come with the position make it even more attractive. If you are interested in learning more, view our travel nursing job opportunities.