Student Guide to Travel Nursing
Have you been thinking about becoming a Travel Nurse, but aren't really sure how to start? Let the adventure begin! We've designed an easy step by step student guide to becoming a Travel Nurse to help you succeed in your traveling career.
- Education - To become a Travel Nurse, you first must become a Registered Nurse. The first step is to enroll in an accredited program by the National League for Nursing Commission (NLNAC). Two main options for education:
- 2-3 year Associates of Science Nursing degree (ADN)
- 4 year Bachelor of Science Nursing degree (BSN)
- Pass the NCLEX - This is the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Regardless of the type of degree you obtain, you will be required to take the NCLEX. Once you pass, you will be given the designation Registered Nurse (RN).
- Get Experience - It's best to get at least two to three years clinical experience in your specialty before you start searching for a Travel Nurse position. This has become a standard requirement for travel companies, and will make you more valuable and desired Nurse. Some in demand specialties include: Operating Room (OR), Emergency Room (ER), Pediatrics, Oncology, and Labor and Delivery.
- Find a Company - Once you have enough experience, you can find a recruiting company that specializes in Travel Nursing opportunities. From there, a recruiter will help you seek out and secure the assignments you want. They typical travel assignment is 13 weeks in duration.
- Get Your Travel On - Time to pack! Many companies provide benefits like travel stipends, paid housing and health insurance. Your recruiter will be in contact with you periodically through your assignment making sure everything is going smoothly and setting you up for your next adventure!
Good Skills to Have
- Adaptablitiy - Travel Nursing is all about new experiences and flexibility.
- Confidence - Travel Nurses need to be poised and assertive, without being pushy or condescending.
- Organization - A Travel Nurse's career is filled with paperwork, and staying organized can help avoid future headaches.
- Friendliness - Just the nature of the job. Moving to new assignments and meeting new people requires excellent interpersonal skills.
- Eagerness - Being an enthusiastic learner who enjoys learning new skills and nursing principles will be important.
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