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Frequently Asked Questions About Travel Nursing

Travel nursing FAQ | Travelnursing.orgWho can become a travel nurse?

Travel nursing is open to RNs and Surgical Technologists who have at least a year of clinical experience in a hospital setting.

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How long is each assignment?

Most assignments are between 8 and 26 weeks long. Sometimes the facility offers you the option to renew if you want to stay longer! That allows you to decide where and when you want to work.

Can my family come?

Yes! If you choose to travel with family, you may be asked to pay for part of your housing, but this is a great way for family to travel together. The great news is even the furry member (cat/dog) of your family can come! Pets are welcome in many cases!

Can I pick my city?

Depending on your nursing specialty and what is in demand, you can pick where you want to go! Your preferred city may not immediately be available, but there are many great travel opportunities and maybe your favorite city will eventually come available.

What’s the pay like?

Because of the high demand, travel nursing often pays very well. In addition, travel nursing agencies pay for your housing while on assignment. Your compensation varies based on skill level, specialty, and facilities. Also many travel nursing companies have great bonus programs and provide retirement, medical, and dental benefits.

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If an assignment is cut short due to low census (low patient count), do I still get full pay?

If your assignment is cut short due to low census you typically will not get paid. However, your recruiter will attempt to find you a replacement assignment and the number of shifts allowed to be canceled will be written in your contract.

What is an extension assignment?

This is an additional assignment you receive from the facility you are currently working with while a travel nurse. Hospitals usually wait until the last 3-5 weeks of your assignment to make an extension offer, but you should talk with your recruiter as soon as possible if you are interested in an extension and not wait for the facility to start the process.

Can I travel with another travel nurse?

Yes. Many traveling RNs select assignments together. You can request to work in the same hospital, same city, share an apartment or apartment complex.

How will working as a travel nurse affect future employment?

Traveling as a nurse actually increases your skill level and could make you a more eligible candidate for future nursing jobs. Here’s why: 1) Short travel nursing assignments around the country expose you to different regional nursing procedures. 2) You may have the opportunity to work in a wider variety of specialties. 3) It’s impressive to future employers when a travel nurse can drop into a clinical environment and successfully care for patients quickly and with high quality.

Can I take a travel assignment close to my home?

Many facilities and agencies have a radius rule that does not allow you to take a travel nursing assignment within 50 to 100 miles from your home. This rule is in place to keep permanent local RN’s from switching to higher paying travel nursing contracts.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to work far from your friends or family. In fact, about 80% of first time traveling nurses work within their home state or a neighboring state, according to the National Student Nurses Association. And many nursing schedules give you multiple days off, making it easy to travel home for a visit.

What are standard travel nurse hours?

Standard hours are five 8s, four 10s or three 12s, making it easy to travel home during your days off.

How long has travel nursing been around? Will demand for travel nurses fall?

Travel nursing companies started operations in the 1980s as a result of nursing shortages. Demand for travel nurses has been strong since then. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics estimates a shortage of 1 million nurses by 2020. As medical facilities need more RNs the need for travel nurses will grow, possibly faster than the number of nurses in general.

How do I apply to become a travel nurse?

Simply click here to apply and have a travel nursing recruiter call you.

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