Traveling Nurse

What Is a Travel Nurse?
Travel nurses are registered nurses who work in short-term roles at hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities around the world. Travel nurses help fill gaps in areas where there are nursing shortages.

They are employed by an independent nursing staffing agency instead of a single hospital. This means they can travel as far as a different country, or they can work at local hospitals that are in need of temporary nurses.

Many nurses opt to go into travel nursing for the many perks, like the chance to explore new places, experience diverse practice environments, and make new friends. Competitive pay, great benefits, and free housing are also major benefits of the job.

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Travel nurse pay is typically not influenced by experience level or education. In fact, a traveling registered nurse with 2 years of experience has the potential to earn the same amount as a traveling registered nurse with 15 years of experience. Which makes it an EXCELLENT opportunity for newer nurses who want to make more money and help pay off some of the cost of their nursing education.

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Travel Nurse Requirements
Travel nurses do need a few requirements before being considered, including being a registered nurse with a license in good standing, and typically 2 years of nursing experience. They don’t need any additional certifications or credentials other than the ones they need for their specific specialty.

Requirements during the COVID pandemic

However, right now hospitals and healthcare staffing agencies are going to great lengths to make it as easy as possible to recruit nurses to in-need areas during COVID-19, including waiving state nurse licensure requirements in states that have declared a state of emergency, asking retired RNs to come back to work, and more.

If you meet those requirements, the first step is to get connected with a travel nurse recruiter.

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