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Travel Nursing Career Benefits

Caring for others is a rewarding career. Registered nurses with the Avera Travel Nurse Program get great compensation and benefits. Please see our job board for specific details.

You'll have the opportunity to receive:

Salary position $2,564 per week ($64.10 hourly)

$1,000 weekly stipend

Full time benefits eligible

Ability to pick up extra shifts

Up to $10,000 Fidelity student loan repayment

Ability to extend in same location

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What Our Travel Nurses Have To Say

I felt accepted where I went – always. The staff at every facility created a good culture and community.

Patricia Kurschat, Avera Travel Nurse in Pierre, SD

I think switching locations lets you keep a refreshed and energetic attitude. Having the opportunity to work in other communities and facilities helps you achieve a well-rounded experience in service.”

Amber Stoltenburg, Avera Travel Nurse in Sioux Falls, SD

Avera Travel Nurse Program

As a travel nurse, your assignments will typically run 13 weeks per location. Depending on your experience, you'll be placed in ICU, emergency, women's and children's, med surg, long-term care or dialysis.

In South Dakota, Avera has five regional hospitals and many departments where travel nurses are needed.

  • Avera St. Luke’s Hospital, Aberdeen, SD
  • Avera Queen of Peace Hospital, Mitchell, SD
  • Avera St. Mary’s Hospital, Pierre, SD
  • Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center, Sioux Falls, SD
  • Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton, SD

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South Dakota, Best Travel Nurse Destination

On your days off, enjoy everything the Midwest has to offer. South Dakota is home to beautiful sunrises, quiet country escapes, family attractions and convenient shopping. There’s an abundance of outdoor adventures with a variety of fun during all four seasons.

Besides the breathtaking beauty of our landscapes, the cost of living is lower than the national average. Have a great quality of life in South Dakota. Here’s why:

  • Affordable place to live and raise a family
  • Low tax wages and no state income tax
  • Recreational outdoor activities all year long
  • Historic travel destination, fine arts, restaurants and culture

Frequently Asked Questions

Why You Would Make a Great Fit?

Live out your values to help others by positively impacting the health of individuals, families and communities. Avera considers health care a ministry. We invite you to bring your best self and deliver compassionate care to those in need across South Dakota. Many Avera employees find it rewarding to become part of something bigger than themselves. If hired, you will work in a key role as part of an integrated care team.

What kind of health insurance will I have as an Avera travel nurse?

As a full-time employee working for Avera, you will be offered all the same health benefits that all our full-time employees receive. Our health plans come with multiple coverage options. You’re welcome to pick the best plan that works for you.

What is there to do in South Dakota?

Besides being an affordable place to live, South Dakota has plenty to offer. Enjoy the weather of all four seasons, and take part in recreational activities like hunting, fishing, hiking, camping and site-seeing. Multiple cities like Omaha, Minneapolis and Rapid City are within driving distance.

What is available for affordable and safe housing?

Multiple options are available through each community in South Dakota. As a traveler, you may be looking for something different depending on your preference. You’ll find options for short stays at apartments and houses. If you’re looking for adventure, camp sites at state and recreational parks are another option.

What is taxed for the pay and the stipend?

Both your salary and the monthly stipend are taxable income. South Dakota does not require an income tax as well.

Can I choose my own work schedule?

Avera cannot guarantee blocked scheduling at each of our respective clinic and hospital locations. You may work with your leaders at your assignment location for schedule requests.

What is there to do for me and my family?

Every travel nurse chooses to travel for different purposes. If you’re a solo traveler, you’ll have options to experience new people and new places. Exploring South Dakota can also be a wonderful experience to share with your family. Bring them along and make lasting memories together.

Have Questions on Applying as a Travel Nurse at Avera?

Get answers to your job application questions. Contact our team at 605-668-8478 or email for assistance.

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