Home to everything from dynamic, celebrity-filled cities to stunning mountains, valleys, redwoods, and beaches (not to mention the best pay and even better patient ratios), California is one of our traveler's favorite places to explore.

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Travel Nursing Jobs in California

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California is the most populated state in America and home to hundreds of hospitals, medical centers, and other healthcare facilities. A booming economy and a growing population means nurses like you are in extremely high demand!

Current needs include but are not limited to:
• Medical-Surgical RNs
• Oncology RNs
• Surgical Techs
• Dialysis RNs
• Float RNs

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What to do during your assignment

Running all the way down the Pacific Coast to Mexico, the Golden State has so much to explore that you won't see it all during just one assignment. Home to some of the country's largest cities, you can explore the streets of Chinatown, watch the traffic over the misty Golden Gate Bridge, stroll the Hollywood Walk of Fame outside the Chinese Theater, ride the ferris wheel at Santa Monica Pier, or see the giant pandas at the San Diego Zoo.

Northern California, in particular, is famous for its scenery. Drive Shoreline Highway up the coast, cross the famous Bixby Canyon Bridge, and soon you'll be staring up at soaring Redwoods. To the west, Napa Valley is the heart of California's flourishing wine country.

Brush elbows with the rich and famous, experience what feels like the end of the world in Death Valley, or be stunned into silence by the beauty of Yosemite Falls. Your options in California are endless, so get ready and gear up for great food, great weather, and a busy schedule.

Getting your California nursing license

Not licensed in California yet? trustaff can help! As part of our services, we offer all our travelers assistance with getting licensed in new states and will reimburse your costs. We can even help you get your California license sooner!

California is not currently participating in the nurse licensure exchange. That means even if you currently hold an active compact nursing license, you'll need to apply for a California nursing license before you can work there.

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Fast track your California job application

Ready to hit the road? Before we can submit you for consideration at the California facilities of your choice, we'll need the following:

Step One: Register online at my.trustaff.com

  • Complete the basic information and work history
  • Provide 2 professional references from recent charge nurses/managers
  • Upload copies of your personal identification (driver's license and social security card)
  • Upload copies of your professional licenses and certifications (BLS, ACLS, NRP, etc.)
  • Complete any skills checklist(s) that apply

The sooner you submit your documents, the sooner you'll be interviewing! Candidates with a complete file receive preferential consideration at many facilities and are able to instantly apply to fast-moving jobs.

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What other travelers are saying about working in California

"I'm working in northern California right now. They've been super friendly and welcoming. I've returned for a second extended assignment and it truly feels like home. I doubt you'll find a more welcoming staff."

"The facility I'm at in Palo Alto is very traveler friendly. Great learning environment. Lots of travelers sign on staff. I almost did but talked myself out of it because traveling is in my blood."

"Currently in Sacramento. I love it here! Close to the coast, the bay, Lake Tahoe, but the city is super driveable. Lots to do but I rarely run into any traffic. I live in Oak Park which is only a few minutes from midtown but very quiet and safe."

"If you like beach—San Diego. If you like mountains—central California. (Yosemite, Lake Tahoe) The Bay Area has Monterey & San Francisco. There are so many things to see and the pay is great too."

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