Travel Nursing FAQ
What is a Travel Nurse?
A Travel Nurse is a licensed RN who works in numerous short term assignments that require travel (usually 13 weeks in duration). Assignments are often coordinated by a Travel Nursing company that match the Travel Nurse with the staffing needs of various hospitals, physicians' offices or clinics.
First, you must obtain a nursing degree and pass the NCLEX to become an RN. Then, you must gain experience in your specialty. Most Travel Nursing companies will not take a nurse with less than 2 years clinical experience. It's a good idea to learn about the basics of Travel Nursing and research the industry. The last step is to find a Travel Nurse company that suits your individual needs, and you are on your way to being a Travel Nurse!
Benefits to Travel Nursing
Being a Travel Nurse is exciting, especially if you're flexible with your time, family and social life. You generally receive higher pay, paid lodging, preferred scheduling, and bonuses through your company's loyalty program(s). Assignments are typically 13-15 weeks in duration, long enough to enjoy your new city and maybe even make a few friends. The Travel Nursing lifestyle is best suited for those who can easily adapt to new surroundings, are flexible with location, and confident in their clinical skills.
Advantages to a Permanent Position
On the other hand, you might enjoy a permanent position more if you enjoy being a part of an established hospital culture, you have a family, or are content with your current location.
Compare and Contrast
When asked to compare their experience working as Travelers to practicing in permanent nursing positions,
• 52% of respondents said that Travel Nursing is more rewarding than working in a permanent job.
• 42% thought Travel Nursing and permanent work are equally rewarding,
• 6% believed permanent work is more rewarding than Travel Nursing.
You can search our database of Travel Nurse positions by specialty and location here: Travel Nursing Jobs. You can also sign up for our monthly jobs newsletter which sends you available jobs only in your specialty.
The average length of an assignment is 13 weeks in duration. You are obligated to finish your assignment; however, there is no contract binding you to work more assignments afterward. You can take a new assignment right after your last or take a break. It's all up to you!
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