The overall process of becoming a travel nurse is actually a basic series of steps, however each step is fairly involved and you need to be prepared for it. Luckily you can learn more about each step of the overall process by reading our Travel Nursing Career Checklist.
At its basic though becoming a travel nurse is a pretty straight-forward process.
Step 1 – Get a nursing degree
This sounds obvious, but first things first become a nurse. Either an RN, BSN or MSN degree will work, but in a competitive job environment the more education you have the better (assuming experience is equal).
Step 2 – Get nursing experience
In the past hospitals (and consequently travel nursing companies) were more willing to hire travel nurses with just one year of hospital experience in their specialty. However after the 2008 recession, hospitals have not needed as many travelers (this is however starting to reverse) and consequently have been more able to demand more qualified travel nurses and the new minimum level of experience needed is becoming two years of experience if not more.
Step 3 – Find a good travel nursing company
There are a lot of good travel nursing companies out there to choose from and they each try to offer something a little unique. Most of them do offer similar basic benefits like health insurance, dental insurance, etc. which as a whole are very comparable to those a permanent nurse receives. The key though is to find a travel nursing company that meets your individual needs. Here are some good links to help you find a good travel nursing company or companies to work with.
- Ask a Travel Nurse: What agencies are well known in the travel world?
- Travel Nurse Company Ratings
- Ultimate List of Travel Nursing Companies
Step 4 – Let the company do the rest, basically
Once you have found a travel nursing company that you are comfortable with they will guide you through the interview and placement process. They will also be instrumental in helping you successfully navigate your way through any challenges you face on your assignments, which is why it so crucial to find a company that you are comfortable with.
There you have it, a simple basic overview of what it takes to become a travel nurse. Be sure to read more of Travel Nursing Blogs.com to learn more about the more important parts of becoming a traveler.