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    Becoming a Travel Nurse


    How do I become a travel nurse?

    Simply apply now to travel! Our travel nurse career partners will assign a recruiter to work with you on defining your needs and expectations.

    What are the requirements?

    Travel nurses must be graduates of an accredited healthcare professional program in the United States or Canada and have a minimum of 12 consecutive months of experience in their specialty. References are also required.

    How will travel nursing impact my resume?

    One of the greatest things about travel nursing is that it allows your resume to stand out from the rest. Travel nursing demonstrates a unique level of dedication and the ability to be flexible and adaptable to a variety of situations. The travel healthcare industry is well respected by nurse managers and hospital human resource professionals. Should you seek a permanent position after working as a travel nurse, your resume will be vastly strengthened by your experience.

    Do I need to pay application fees or commit to a long-term contract?

    No. Applying to work as a travel nurse is free and confidential. As for contracts, the terms are limited to the length of the assignment that you agree to accept.

    All About Travel Assignments

    How long do travel assignments last?

    The typical assignment ranges from four to 13 weeks. However, our travel partners may offer shorter or longer assignments to best suit your needs and those of the healthcare facility.

    Where are assignments located?

    Our nursing partners offer assignments in all 50 states, across most nursing specialties. From major cities to rural communities, you can work in almost any location you desire.

    Will I work full or part time?

    All travel assignments are for full time work. Many assignments also afford the opportunity to work overtime.

    What type of facility will I work at?

    Assignments are primarily in hospital settings; the sizes vary and could include large teaching hospitals or small community facilities.

    How do I choose an assignment?

    Once you submit an application, you will be contacted by a recruiter who will discuss your assignment expectations, career goals and desired destinations. You will then be presented with available opportunities that match your specifications, with details on pay rate, facility, unit, shift, location and bonuses. You choose the jobs that you would like to interview for and your recruiter will help you prepare. All interviews are conducted over the phone and, once you are offered the assignment, you decide whether to accept or not.

    Can I travel with my family or pets?

    Absolutely. Travel nursing is a great way to explore the country and share the excitement with your family. Pet-friendly housing can be found upon your request, although you may be required to put down a pet deposit.

    Is it possible to take an assignment with a friend?

    Yes. Many travel nurses select their assignments together and work at the same hospital or at different facilities in the same city. Some share apartments while others arrange to have separate living quarters in the same complex.

    How long does it take to start an assignment?

    It's really up to you. You can potentially start your first assignment within a matter of weeks, or plan your assignments several months in advance. Factors include the readiness of your documentation and whether or not your license is current for the state in which you will be practicing. Not to worry, though, our travel partners will work with you to ensure that your paperwork and credentials are ready by your start date.

    What about licensing requirements in different states?

    Your recruiter will advise you on the specific requirements for the state in which you have chosen to take an assignment.

    What happens after I complete the term of my assignment?

    Many facilities will give you the option of extending your assignment, or they may offer you a permanent position. You are free to accept these offers, travel to a new assignment, or return home and travel at a later date.

    Compensation and Benefits

    What can I expect in terms of salary?

    Although it will depend on the facility, location, and clinical specialty, you can expect your pay rate to be higher than equivalent permanent positions. In fact, we have found that travel nurses with our partner companies earn up to 15% more per paycheck. Quick-start and short-term assignments can generate even higher rates for nurses who are available for immediate travel.

    What benefits will I receive?

    Our travel partners offer a variety of benefits including health, dental and life insurance, as well as free housing, 401(k) retirement plans, continuing education, travel reimbursement and incentive programs.

    Will I be able to maintain my health care benefits when my assignment term ends?

    If you have booked your next travel nurse position, you may retain your benefits for up to 33 days between assignment terms.

    All About Housing

    What type of housing is provided? Is it free?

    Travel nurses can expect private, quality housing at no cost. Once you select a destination, a housing manager will secure furnished accommodations on your behalf, in a neighborhood close to your facility.

    Will I be provided accommodations if I travel with my family and pets?

    Yes. However, if you require private two-bedroom accommodations, you may need to pay a nominal fee. This fee will depend on the location and assignment. Most travel companies also allow you to bring your pets, although you may be responsible for a pet deposit.

    What if I prefer to stay with family or friends?

    If you provide your own accommodations, our travel partners will offer you a monthly housing subsidy (which will depend on the assignment and location).

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