The travel nurse works in various hospitals and medical facilities throughout the world. Assignments can last anywhere from one month to a year or more. In order to become a travel nurse, you must become a registered nurse, work in any nursing specialty at a hospital or medical facility for a year or more, and apply with a staffing company to become a travel nurse. Here are some instructions for becoming a travel nurse.
1. Earn an Associate's or Bachelor's degree in registered nursing. Take the NCLED-RN degree to become a registered nurse. A registered nurse should work in a hospital or clinic for two to three years before applying to become a travel nurse.
2. Fill out an application with a travel nurse staffing company either online or in person. You will need a valid form of identification and your registered nursing license. If you need support, staffing companies assist nurses in locating assignments throughout the world and coordinate the details of relocating. Each staffing company offers different benefits and pay. Ask coworkers and current travel nurses for recommendations and coordinate interviews with staffing companies to ask questions you have about their company.
3. Determine which geographic location and setting you would like to work in. Most travel nursing assignments last for a minimum of one month and a maximum of one year. Consider what kind of setting you would like to work in. A travel nurse can work in any type of medical facility, from rural small town clinics to big city hospitals. Work with a recruiter from your staffing company to select and apply for your first assignment.
4. Interview for the travel assignment on phone or in person. The staffing company recruiter will help you prepare for the interview and will let you know the details of the travel nursing assignment. If the interview goes well, accept the travel nursing assignment and work with staffing company to coordinate the details of your relocation. Once your assignment is over, work with the staffing company to find a new travel nurse assignment