How much time can you take off between travel nurse contracts?

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Q: How much time is usually taken off in between assignments? A: Again, it's totally up to you! You can go straight from one contract to the next or take weeks or even months or years off in theory.

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You just need to plan and prepare accordingly. Keep in mind that travel nurses do not typically receive any form of paid time off, so budgeting for those down times is crucial. We typically do a mix of both. Sometimes we try to stack assignments back-to-back, and sometimes we take a week or two in between contracts.

To maintain health insurance, though, you cannot take off more than 30 days. If your plan is to take extended time off between assignments, it would be wise to get your own health insurance. Also, most travel nurse companies do not offer paid time off (PTO) or short-term disability.

Unfortunately, it does not. You wouldn’t be able to complete the standard 13-week contact when you returned. Example 2: Travel Nurse Routinely Returns to the Same Location. Now let’s say that you work as a travel nurse in Place(X) for 6 months. Then, you take 2 months off for fun. Then, you return to your tax home and work for 4 months.

Most assignments last 13 weeks, though some travel jobs may be as short as 8 weeks while others may be as long as 26 weeks. Many assignments are renewed if the traveler and the hospital are in agreement. Some travel nurses extend multiple times, when the job is a perfect fit!

Travel Nurse Overtime There are some travel contracts offering overtime; for example, some agencies will ask you if you want to work 4 days a week instead of 3 days a week. Overtime by law has to be paid time and a half of your taxable base rate. So, if you make $20 and hour, then your overtime pay will be $30 an hour.

Cancellation clause to protect the travel nurse: Here we are referring to a clause that covers the traveler in case the facility cancels the contract without cause. These clauses are VERY rare. However, many agency/hospital contracts include a clause that allows the agency to bill the hospital 1 to 2 weeks of time if the hospital cancels the contract without cause.

Many agency/hospital contracts include non-billable orientation hours. Essentially, the agency agrees not to bill the hospital for a specified number of hours during the travel nurse’s orientation. The standard range is anywhere from 4 hours to 12 hours but it can be more.

“Travel nurse contracts really limit your pay.” Travel nurse salaries are set by contract, but there are several ways to earn more than just your hourly rate. Certain travel jobs offer sign-on bonuses, completion bonuses and extra money if you work a certain shift or days (such as every holiday during your assignment).

Smith also adds to be careful when filling out residency on your tax return, as he sees many travel nurses make the mistake that working a travel assignment means they have moved; however, working a temporary (under 12 months) travel nursing position does not qualify as a move of your permanent residence — instead, they are just away from home temporarily and that’s an important distinction to make come tax-time.

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