Travel nursing is an adventurous career choice! It’s a ton of fun, but it comes with a lot of questions.
With our weekly FAQ series, we will address some of the common questions we hear from nurses looking to start their travel nursing career.
Q1: What are the minimum requirements to become a traveling nurse?
A: To start traveling, you’ll need to meet a few basic requirements. You must have a degree from an accredited healthcare professional program in the United States or Canada AND at least one year of acute care experience in the specialty area for which you’re applying, with the exception of Physical Therapists who are eligible to begin traveling as soon as they receive their license.
Some facilities might require more experience before a nurse can take an assignment, but your recruiter will help you find the best assignment that fits both your experience level and the facility’s needs. They will work with you to make sure you have everything you need to get started.
Q2: Do I have to travel with trustaff if I submit an application?
A: No! The application process helps our career consultants get you started. The information helps us find positions that could potentially be a good fit. You are not obligated to take a position just because you’ve submitted an application with us. If you decide that you’re ready to take on an assignment, you’ve got a head start! Your career consultant will walk you through the rest of the process and get you ready for a wonderful career as a traveling nurse.
Q3: How long are travel assignments?
A: Typically, an average assignment lasts for about 13 weeks, but there are some exceptions. We have a wide range of assignments, as well as permanent and per diem positions available. Talk to a career consultant if you’re looking for something longer or shorter. They will do everything they can to work with your needs and find something that can accommodate your schedule.
Q4: How will trustaff prepare me for my assignment?
A: Our career consultants start off by confirming your start date, shift, unit, pay rate and pay plan. They will walk you through all the information to make sure you understand the expectations and how everything will work. You’ll receive a package with all the information you’ll need to start your employment. We have an entire team dedicated to support you and answer any questions you might have, called Travel Advocates, as well as what we call Onboarding Specialists who will take care of all your paperwork and credentialing.
Q5: What shifts are available?
A: Every assignment and facility is different. We have 8, 10, and 12 hour shifts, both days and nights. Make sure you communicate your availability with your career consultant. They will help you work through the list of assignments that fit what you need.
Travel nursing can be such a rewarding experience when you’re well prepared and informed. Keep an eye out for next week’s frequently asked questions!
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 become! Contact us at 877-880-0346 or apply online today.