5 Actionable Tips for Finding Your Next Travel Nursing Job


find your next travel nurse jobBy Brook Jillings, Contributor

Travel nursing jobs are exciting and rewarding opportunities to gain experience and expose yourself to different types of patient care. If you're just starting out, finding a travel position may seem overwhelming, but there are steps you can take to get your foot in the door.

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5 tips for finding a great travel nursing job

Consider these five tips to find the travel nursing job you've been searching for.

1. Use a recruiter to find a travel nursing job

Recruiters can handle the bulk of your search for a travel nursing job, leaving you with more free time to work on landing the position you apply for. "Locate a recruiter and update that recruiter on what you are looking for," suggests Julia Kuhn, a veteran travel therapist and blogger. "Have that person search for jobs and let you know if anything is available."Once you find a recruiter, be sure to keep them updated on changes in preferences, availability or qualifications.

2. Use social media to your advantage

Social media offers another avenue for travel nursing job opportunities. Using social networking sites like LinkedIn helps you connect with professional contacts who may know of openings in your field. Other social media platforms have networking groups for travel nurses to share tips and information.Be sure to keep your profiles professional, and make it known that you're searching for a travel nursing job.

3. Obtain multiple state licenses

Being licensed in multiple states allows you to broaden your search to other areas. Kuhn recommends applying for new state licenses to increase your chances of finding the travel nursing job you want. "The more state licenses that you have, the greater chance that you have of finding an assignment." In some cases, you may be able to take advantage of nursing compact licensure to practice in multiple states.

4. Be flexible

Flexibility is an important factor when looking for a travel nursing job. Take it from Kuhn, who says, "Being flexible to setting (big versus small hospital) and location can help you land your next job faster!"Having rigid expectations can cause you to miss out on incredible opportunities, so keep an open mind.

5. Branch out with continuing education

Increasing your knowledge through continuing education helps you qualify for more positions. Travel nursing jobs include a range of specialties that require specific skill sets. The more qualifications you earn, the more opportunities you have to choose from. Finding a travel nursing job can seem daunting, but don't let that discourage you. With a little planning, some outside help and an open mind, you can uncover many opportunities.

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