What to Expect as a Traveling Nurse
Travel Nursing is a great career option for many nurses. In order to be a travel nurse, you typically need 12-18 months of hospital based experience in your desired field; sometimes more will be required depending on your specialty. Each facility that you consider will have its own requirements. The best way to get started is to pick a specific field of expertise and look for opportunities in that area.
Once you have selected a specialty, the fun begins. Think of all the places you have ever wanted to live or visit. Now is the time to choose! You have the option to select anywhere in the nation to work. Once you have selected a city or state that you wish to work in, you need to make sure that you are qualified for the positions that are available. Speaking to a recruiter is the best way to get started finding and applying for available positions that can get you placed and working right away.
Once you and your recruiter have selected a location and have found open positions that you qualify for, the next step is to interview. While your recruiter has helped you find and apply for the position, the decision to hire you or not is up to the facility. Your recruiter can help you prepare for the interview so that you aren’t caught off guard by any of the questions that may be asked.
If you are chosen by the facility to come and work for them, congratulations! You have the opportunity to accept the position and go and work in a new city for the duration of your assignment. This opportunity will allow you to try out a new city and live in a new place. Being a travel nurse is a great adventure as it allows you to visit new places that you have never been before. Your job is like a working vacation!
Once you complete your first assignment as a travel nurse, you can sometimes renew your position at the facility you are working at or you can look for a new position in a new location.
Travel nurses have the opportunity to enjoy great benefits such as great pay, great health and personal benefits, the ability to choose from top assignments around the country, and gain valuable experience from a variety of clinics, hospitals and facilities. In addition, travel nurses often qualify for bonuses based on their performance at the end of an assignment, and housing and living quarters are generally provided free of charge to all travel nurses on assignment at their particular locations.
If you are interested in learning more about being a travel nurse, the first step is to speak to a recruiter and see which positions are available immediately. Imagine where you could be working in just a few weeks! Fill out our form to speak with a travel nurse recruiter and get started working as a travel nurse right away!