Nurse's Guide to Becoming a Travel Nurse
Are you new to Travel Nursing and don't know where to start? Perhaps you've traveled before and just need a refresher. Check out this guide on how to become a Travel Nurse. There just might be some crucial steps you missed.
- Earn a Nursing Degree - Arm yourself with either an RN, BSN or MSN degree.The job market is a competitive one, so the more education you have the better chance you have at landing that Travel Nursing dream job.
- Get Experienced - Hospitals and other healthcare facilities are demanding more qualified nurses to fill their open positions, which usually amounts to around two years worth of clinical
experience in a hospital setting.
- Decide Where to Go - Once you’ve gained some valuable
experience, you can plan on where you'd like to travel. There are 50 states to choose from, so think of some places you’ve always wanted to visit or move to.
- Research Companies - Spend some time online comparing the many different Travel Nurse companies available. Each will have similar offerings and benefits like health insurance, but be sure to find the one that can meet your individual needs and goals.
- Choose Your Company - Once you’ve figured out which company is right for you, fill out their online contact form or call them directly. Remember, the larger companies may have more assignments to offer, but maybe not the service you deserve.
- Interview Recruiter - Finding a recruiter you can relate to and get along with is an important part of the process. This person will be your lifeline while you are traveling, so you want to make sure they are responsive now before you are out on the road.
- Complete Paperwork - Fill out all the necessary forms and paperwork. Make sure your resume, references, skills checklists, certifications and licenses are all updated and ready to go. This is a great time to also update all your credentials and keep them in order for future reference.
- Apply for Jobs - Once you’ve narrowed your search of companies and recruiters, you can start deciding which jobs are right for you. Work with your recruiter to discuss what options are available and find the right fit.
- Sit Back and Relax - You found a company you’re comfortable with, now let them guide you through the remaining steps (interview/placement process and housing options). After you’ve accepted an assignment, get your affairs in order and pack up!
If you would like to learn more about career opportunities as a Travel Nurse, call a Career Consultant at 866-633-3548.
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Apply now and take the fast track to starting your career as a Travel Nurse.