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Ask a Travel Nurse: What are the qualifications for Travel Nursing?

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Ask a Travel Nurse: What are the qualifications for Travel Nursing?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question:

I want to try Travel Nursing because I am young, want to explore the U.S., and make higher wages, so I am considering going to nursing school next year at a community college and getting my RN. I currently have a Bachelors of Science in Medical Laboratory Science and am a licensed Medical Technologist. I’m wondering: Can I become a Travel Nurse without a BSN? I am not totally clear on the qualifications for Travel Nursing. What are they?

Ask a Travel Nurse Answer:

To become a travel nurse, you simply need to be a licensed RN (having passed the NCLEX exam) and have at least a year of clinical experience (preferably hospital based). However, many facilities are now m and ating two years of experience to start traveling (but I cannot say what the state of travel nursing will be dictating when you graduate).

But you do not have to have your BSN. I have a Diploma of Nursing (3 year program) and have been traveling, without issue, for close to twenty years.

Hope this answers your question.



About the Author:

Hello everyone. I’m a travel nurse originally from Ohio who graduated in 1993 from Mount Carmel School of Nursing in Columbus. I completed a critical care fellowship at Riverside Methodist Hospital in 1994 and started traveling in that specialty a year later. My first travel assignment was in Maui and since that time I have completed close to 40 different contracts in various states with multiple travel companies. I am the author of Travel Nurse’s Bible (A Guide to Everything on Travel Nursing), in addition to my writings here and in the pages of Travel Nursing publications such as Healthcare Traveler Magazine and American Nurse Today. I am presently on assignment in Phoenix, AZ and travel anywhere from six to eleven months of the year.

3 Comments on "Ask a Travel Nurse: What are the qualifications for Travel Nursing?"

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  1. ruth hawkins says:

    Can you travel nurse without a specialty. I do have 20 years acute care experience (hospital)?

  2. David says:

    I’m not sure I understand the question. I’ve never seen a travel position listed for “just a nurse” 🙂

    If you work acute care, that is a specialty. What “acute care” means in different facilities, is likely up to interpretation.

    If your experience is hospital based, then other facilities throughout the U.S. would probably also have a unit similar to yours. You would just need to compare the patient population of your unit to that of others (in other words, find a unit that exposes you to similar types of patients).

    Hope this helps.


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