Deciding to become a traveling nurse can be an intimidating decision, but it can also be the start of the best journey of your life! Are you ready to explore the country while being well compensated for your time?
We’ve been helping traveling nurses find great jobs all across the country for well over a decade, so if you’re looking for information on how to get started, you’re in the right place. Check out an overview of the basic steps below, or take the leap and speak to one of our career experts today.
Becoming a traveling nurse
Get the required education and experience
Traveling nurses are often expected to walk into a brand new situation and work without close supervision. This means you’ll want to make sure your clinical skills are well-practiced. Some typical travel nurse requirements include appropriate certification in your field and at least 1-2 years of experience. Learn more about traveling nurse requirements
Set your expectations
Before you jump into looking at specific traveling nurse jobs, you’ll want to make some decisions. Is there a certain area of the country you want to visit? Will you have any special travel considerations like family or pets? Do you need medical benefits, dental, or vision coverage? These factors will help guide you in finding both an agency and job that are the best match.
Find the best travel nursing agency for you
Travel nursing companies work with facilities all across the country to help fill their urgent staffing needs. This is who you’ll work with to get your first travel nursing job! When you accept a traveling nurse contract, you become an employee of the agency, who’ll then handle all your employee paperwork, W-2s, and other details.
There are many travel nursing companies to choose from, but the best company will be the one that offers great travel nursing jobs, traveler benefits, and earns your trust. Learn more about choosing a travel nursing agency
All you need to do to get started with an agency is apply online or call and speak to a career specialist.
Get the ball rolling
Once you’ve connected with a travel nursing agency like trustaff, you’ll be matched with a recruiter or career consultant who specializes in nurses with your skills. They’ll take some time to get to know you, including your specialty and your work history, and then ask about your goals. Where are you hoping to go? Do you prefer night shift or day shift?
This is also your time to learn about them and their company. What types of traveling nurse benefits do they offer? How and when will you be paid? Will you have an interview? What can you expect on the first day of your first assignment?
Your recruiter is there to answer all these questions and more. They will be your main point of contact as you apply to jobs, during your assignment, and when you’re ready to go somewhere new.
Finding a traveling nurse job
With the help of your recruiter, you’ll complete your application, skills checklist(s), and clinical references. Next you’ll gather your employment documents, such as licensing and certification paperwork. Once the majority of your paperwork is up-to-date, you’re ready to apply to some travel nursing jobs!
With the help of your team, you’ll review jobs that meet your criteria and choose which you’d like to apply to. Your recruiter will submit all your information to the facility, who will review all your employment information and consider you for the position. Once the facility gives their approval, you can accept your first traveling nurse job!
Whether you’re just getting started or you’re an experienced traveler, trustaff’s team of career specialists are always at the ready to help you become the most successful traveling nurse you can be! Contact us at 877-880-0346 or apply online today.