How to Become a Travel Nurse

If getting paid to explore new places, meet new people, and learn new clinical skills alongside skilled healthcare professionals from around the world sounds compelling to you, then travel nursing might be just the right option for you. Read more to learn about how to become a travel nurse.

Travel Nurse Education and Experience Requirements

To be a travel nurse, you must first meet a few basic education and experience requirements. The most important requirement for becoming a travel nurse is either an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from an accredited program. In addition to your degree, the amount of experience required to be a travel nurse varies depending on your nursing specialty or requirements outlined by the specific job order.

In general, healthcare providers require travel nurses to have one to two years of recent experience.

Picking a Travel Nursing Assignment That Makes Sense For You

Travel nurses are in high demand due to today’s fast-paced, ever-changing healthcare marketplace. In order to find an assignment that is best for you, think about what you’re hoping to get out of your travel nursing experience.

  • You might be excited about getting to travel to places you haven’t been before.
  • You want exposure to diverse different places and cultures.
  • You want to build up your professional network.
  • You’re interested in trying a new specialty or type of facility to determine whether it’s a good fit for you.
  • Whatever your reasons are, they can help you evaluate your priorities as you look for travel nursing opportunities.

How to Find Travel Nurse Assignments

Once you determine what you want to get out of your travel nursing experience, the next step is to get plugged in with a staffing agency that can help you find a travel assignment that fits your needs. Staffing agencies work directly with healthcare organizations, networks, and hospitals to fill short-term positions caused by staffing shortages.

Become a Travel Nurse

At ECMStaffing, we know that finding a travel nursing assignment that’s the right fit for you is important. That’s why when you start the hiring process with us, you get a designated recruiter to learn about your needs and help find you the perfect assignment.

Ready to kick off your travel nursing career? View current travel nursing opportunities or call us at 253.475.0695.

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