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Ask a Travel Nurse: Can I learn new specialties as a Travel RN?


Choosing your Travel Nurse Specialty

Ask a Travel Nurse Question:

Hi, I was just wondering if you knew any way to continue education with in travel nursing. I am a medsurg/tele travel nurse but I eventually would like to work up to ICU. Is it possible to do that traveling or would I have to be permanent staff?


Ask a Travel Nurse Answer:

If you want experience in a different specialty in nursing, get that experience BEFORE embarking on a travel career.

Facilities hire you to come in and fill a specific need. Additionally, since you are there for such a short period of time, what incentive do they have to spend resources on training you? It’s unfortunate, but there are little to no opportunities to branch off into another specialty in travel nursing.

Build your core skills (IV starts, foley and NG insertions, time management, assessment skills) and work your way into ICU at your current facility. Sure, this will take additional time, but that time will only help you once you are out on the road.

Hope this helps.


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.

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