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Travel Nursing FAQ: How do I become a travel nurse?


nurse asking a question about travel nursingThe 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 dem and 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.

 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 to learn more about the more important parts of becoming a traveler.

About the Author:

My name is Jeff Long. I’m the Marketing Director at Medical Solutions, one of the leading travel nursing companies. I have never been a nurse and am not a recruiter. I have worked at Medical Solutions for over five years and think it is a great company that has a lot to offer nurses and allied health professionals interested in a travel career. I do post just a small sampling of travel nursing jobs from Medical Solutions, but mostly I write about travel nursing. On this site you will not be recruited on this blog (unless you specifically inquire about traveling with Medical Solutions then I will forward your info to a Recruiter). I understand that you are reading and/or commenting on this blog purely for informational purposes and I want you to enjoy that experience My job is to help you meet your career goals by sharing information, advice and the benefits of travel nursing with you.

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