June 3rd, 2008 | The Blog
Are you a nurse who wants to retire, but you can’t afford to quit your job? Retirement can seem like a pipedream when you need a regular paycheck in order to pay your bills.
Fortunately, nurses nearing retirement age have options. Travel nursing allows nurses to experience a retirement lifestyle while the paychecks keep rolling in.
Aging baby boomers are facing the hard cold facts about retirement. No one can survive on social security alone, and you can only make a limited amount of money each year until you become sixty-five years old if you opt to start taking social security at age 62. Travel nursing is a viable option for nurses facing these dilemmas because travel nurse agencies offer flexible work schedules not offered by other employers. Travel nurses choose their assignments and hours. They can work as many hours as they want during the year in order to meet specific Social Security benefit guidelines. Travel nursing also solves another problem faced by retirees who opt to take social security at age 62. The government deducts nearly 25 percent of monthly income benefits to anyone who opts to take social security at age 62. These monthly deductions do not stop at age 65, but continue on for a lifetime. Nurses can make up this shortfall in their monthly income benefits by working as a travel nurse.
There are many other advantages to working as a travel nurse. Travel nurses live the retirement lifestyle while they work. Do you have kids? Great! Travel around the country to see your family as you work as a travel nurse. Do you hate winter weather? No problem! You can work under the sunny skies of the Sunbelt during the winter months as a travel nurse. Travel nurse agencies pay for moving expenses, housing, and utilities while you enjoy life. Most travel nurse companies also pay for state nursing licenses and health care benefits, as well as sign on and renewal bonuses. And don’t think that you are too old to be a travel nurse because nothing is farther from the truth. Employers are looking for mature nurses with a wealth of lifetime knowledge. Your knowledge and wisdom are desperately needed in all areas of the health care market. Employers are looking for nurses just like you to fill vacancies within the workplace.
Enjoy a retirement life style by paying your way as you go. Look into working as a travel nurse. You can find Travel Nursing Jobs listed by state or job function on the NursingJobs.org website. If you’re of retirement age, and are working as a travel nurse, please stop by NursingVoices and share your experience with others. We are waiting to hear from you!