If you’ve decided to pursue a career as a traveling nurse, then you know how very exciting the prospect of getting paid to see the world can be. Not only do you get paid, but you get paid a lot. And not only do you get to see the world, but you get to work in a variety of environments, meet all different types of people in the medical field, and expand on your occupational knowledge in order to broaden your nursing expertise and improve your future career prospects. The decision to become a traveling nurse isn’t hard, all things considered. But finding that dream assignment may be a little trickier, if you don’t know where to look. Here are some tips for how to find traveling jobs for nurses.
Prerequisites. Of course, you must have a registered nursing (RN) degree to work as a traveling nurse. Additionally, you must complete at least one year in a specialty of your choosing in order to qualify to be a traveling nurse.
Staffing agencies. There are a number of medical profession staffing agencies that have listings for travel nursing jobs both nationally and abroad. Try searching the web for companies like Aureus Medical Group, Aya Healthcare, and MedicalExpress in order to find a database of available opportunities in any location you desire. Once you choose a travel nurse company, you sign a contract with them and, from that point on, they are responsible for providing you with the necessary resources to travel to your assignments, set up temporary residence in the assignment areas, and file all the necessary paperwork with the property authorities, if needed.
Shop around. It is important that you compare traveling nurse staffing agencies before you settle on one. Remember that there are many companies vying for your business, so don’t ever feel pressured to sign on with one before you’ve been able to do your research and make sure it’s the right one for you. Compile a list of agencies you are interested in – that offer the types of opportunities you are looking for – then ask their administration about pay, benefits, assignment lengths, and employment policies that may affect your decision.
Making the decision to pursue a career as a traveling nurse may be one of the most rewarding things you will ever do. Now take your ambitions to the next level by finding the perfect assignments for you. Happy hunting!