Thinking about taking on an assignment as a strike nurse? To help you weigh the pros and cons, we have shared some points on strike nursing, looking at both sides of the coin.
Heads – Flexibility
Strike nursing jobs are usually short-term contracts of about 2 weeks.
Tails – Quick Changes
The strike status could change at any moment, so you need to be prepared to adjust to the changing demand.
Heads – Travel Expenses
All your travel expenses are fully covered, including roundtrip airfare and transportation from the airport to your hotel.
Tails – Sharing a Room
Your family is not invited on a strike assignment. In fact, you may find yourself sharing a hotel room with another nurse.
Heads – Caring for Patients
As always, it’s great to care for your patients. With a strike assignment, you are helping to prevent patients from becoming innocent casualties in a labor dispute.
Tails – Moral Dilemma
Some nurses struggle with feelings of betrayal towards their fellow healthcare workers when they cross the picket line.
Heads – Great Pay
Strike nursing assignments need to be filled quickly, so they generally have a higher hourly rate.
Tails – Long Shifts
Because the hospital is running during a strike, they may need you to work longer shifts than normal.