Travel nurses get to experience life across the country, all while building their resume and earning competitive pay. Clearly there are many benefits travel nurses can take advantage of, but you may be wondering:
“What are the travel nurse requirements I need to consider?”
The good news is, the road to travel nursing is fairly straightforward. Follow these simple steps to help you start on the right track to become a travel nurse.
1. Attend nursing school
The first step to becoming a travel nurse is to attend a nursing school and obtain a degree as an RN, at minimum. Depending on the program, this can take anywhere from two to four years.
2. Pass the NCLEX
Once you have your degree, you must pass the National Council Licensure Examination, or NCLEX. Luckily, we have a few simple tips to help you prepare for this exam.
3. Gain some experience
After obtaining a degree and a nursing license, new nurses need a year of recent work experience. Some specialties require extra experience, but this can vary by facility.
4. Obtain the necessary certifications
Again, depending on your specialty you may be required to have different certifications, such as BLS, ACLS or NIH. Your recruiter will help you in determining what is required for an assignment.
5. Work with a Favorite recruiter
After you submit an application and it’s reviewed, you will be matched with a recruiter. Our recruiters are here to help you throughout the entire process so don’t be afraid to ask questions!
6. If applicable, apply for a new state nursing license
One key travel nurse requirement is to obtain the correct state nursing license if you plan to work in another state. Again, our recruiters will know what you need to do.
7. Choose your assignments and complete interviews
Just like any other job, once you know what location you would like to work in you will need to participate in an interview. Most travel nurse interviews are conducted over the phone with the hiring manager at the facility.
8. Get ready for your new assignment
Once you sign your travel nursing contract the exciting step comes next: starting your new assignment! Recruiters will help you arrange housing options.
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