Travel Nursing 101: Everything you Need To Know About Being A Travel Nurse

What if you could use your professional qualifications to help areas and people who need it most while traveling to new places, advancing your career, and enjoying a flexible schedule with generous benefits?

You can.

Travel nursing provides registered nurses with the opportunity to work for reputable healthcare facilities in some of the most travel-worthy locations throughout the United States. Sound like something you’re interested in? Here’s everything you need to know about being a travel nurse.

So, how does travel nursing work?

Travel nurses are registered nurses who fill short-term positions in healthcare facilities around the world. These short-term positions exist because of healthcare staffing shortages caused by a variety of situations including fluctuating patient censuses, varying State and Federal regulatory requirements, and leaves of absence. When healthcare organizations, networks, and hospitals experience staffing shortages, they work with staffing agencies that hire travel nurses to fill in the gaps.

How long are travel nurse assignments?

Typical travel nursing contracts are 13 weeks, although assignments can vary depending on the needs of the facility. Assignments can range from 4-26 weeks or longer, with options for contract extensions if you enjoy the facility and location.

How much experience do I need to be a travel nurse?

The experience you are required to have to be a travel nurse can vary depending on your nursing specialty or the requirements outlined by the job order. Typically candidates should have at least one year of recent experience.

How do I become a travel nurse?

Once you have at least a year of experience under your belt, you will work with a staffing agency to determine a position that fits your wants and needs. At ECMStaffing, we assign each employee a recruiter that works with them one-on-one to find a travel assignment that fits their desired location, schedule, and pay range.

What are the benefits of travel nursing?

Besides the obvious benefit of being able to travel and explore new places, travel nursing is a great way to build your professional network as you work alongside healthcare professionals in a variety of settings. Travel nurse contracts also include competitive wages, travel stipends, medical insurance, and retirement plans.

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