How to Get Started in Travel Nursing

As a nurse, you have one of the best jobs in the world because you get to help people heal. You never know what types of illnesses or injuries you’re going to face and that challenge alone may keep you excited about what you do. But, what if you’re looking for something more. You want to see more of the United States and want to learn more about how other medical facilities in other states operate. If you’re looking for this type of adventure, here’s how to get started in travel nursing. First, sign up with My Nurse Recruiter today. We will help you match up with travel nurse agencies throughout the country.

Get Licensed In That State

Depending on the state where you were originally licensed, you may need to get an additional license for the state you plan to work in. If you’re licensed in states such as Arizona, Florida or Texas, these states are considered Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) states, so another license may not be required if the state you plan on working is a NLC state as well.

Lock in A Contract

There are numerous recruiters that offer travel nursing jobs. Each one will have it’s own requirements and opportunities. Are you looking to work a strike for a couple of weeks? Are you looking for a 3 to 6 month gig, with higher wages than your state or are you looking for something long term. No matter what you are searching for, there is a contract out there waiting for you. Reach out to a travel nurse recruiter and see what they have available and then lock in your contract. Make sure you are available for the times and dates that you sign up for. Also ask about sign up bonuses. A couple of extra dollars never hurt anyone.

Where Do I Stay?

Depending on the contract you accept, most will cover the cost of your housing. Many traveling nurse agencies provide housing and take care of all accommodations for you. Some shorter-term assignments may even be a hotel or an AirBnB. Be sure to discuss your housing needs with your recruiter, always ask questions and make sure you’re comfortable with your living arrangements. Most quality recruiters are looking to make sure you’re both happy and comfortable!

Ready, Set, GO!

Once you’ve chosen a recruiter, got your licensing in order, and located that perfect job, it’s time to get ready to go. Since you will spend much of your time working, travel lightly. Pack what you think you’ll need to ensure you have at least a couple of weeks of clothing and uniforms. Also, have fun. Take in some sites and do some shopping. If you work hard, you should play hard. Ready, set, go!