Travel nurses typically work short term assignments averaging about 13 weeks where they’ll experience a new city and facility with each change in assignment. There are a lot of benefits to working as a travel nurse, especially the ability to live in new cities across the country. General, travel and housing expenses are paid for, so for those who want to experience life in other places, it’s a great solution. So what does it take to become a travel nurse? Here are some of the qualifications necessary to find a job on the road.
Become an RN, LPN, or NP
Almost without exception, a travel nursing job will always require someone to be a registered nurse, a licensed practical nurse, or a nurse practitioner. If you believe you want to do travel nursing as a part of your career, work toward these professional certifications while attending school and looking for your first jobs.
Get at Least 2 Years Clinical Experience
Travel nurses also need to have previous experience to be considered for open positions. You’ll need to wait until you have at least 2 years’ experience in a clinical setting under your belt. There are a variety of ways to get that entry level experience, and you may even be able to talk to your school about job placement opportunities.
Have a Multi-State License
You’ll need a license to practice as a nurse, but travel nursing complicates the issue a little by requiring you to be licensed in the state where you’ll be assigned. There is a pretty straightforward process to obtaining the multi-state license, and you can do it through your state board of nursing. Some states participate in the Nursing Licensure Compact, which can make this process easy. Keep in mind that you will still need to adhere to the requirements of the state where you’re working.
Specialize in an In-Demand Field
Your travel nurse experience can be enhanced by specializing in a field that is always in demand. Some needed specializations include:
- Kidney Dialysis
- Emergency Room
- Cardiac Cath Lab
- Case Management
And more. When you specialize you may have more opportunities for travel nursing roles in the cities where you want to work most.
Are you looking for a travel nursing job? Contact Fortus Healthcare Solutions today.