While the requirements for travel nursing are quite specific, they are well within reach for any passionate nurse.
They fall under a series of categories:
- Professional Experience
How do you become a travel nurse? Let’s break it down!
1. Educational Travel Nursing Requirements
Obtaining a Bachelor’s degree (BSN), continuing your education, and holding a specific number of CEUs may also be needed.
Remember that each state is different in terms of regulations, so you will want to conduct a search concerning requirements to work in the state.
2. Professional Travel Nursing Experience Requirements
Requirements among agencies may vary. For us, the following requirements for travel nursing must be met:
Prior to job submission:
- Current resume
- Completed skills checklist
- Graduate of an accredited program
- Active state licensure
- One year of experience in desired travel setting
- Eligible to work in the US
- MMR vaccination
- Tetanus vaccination
- Chest x-ray or 2-step PPD test (depending on client requirements)
- Negative 5 or 10 panel drug screen (depending on client requirements)
- Physical exam
- Nationwide criminal background screen
Most employers require that you are a practicing bedside nurse for at least one year to be eligible for travel nursing.
If you have a high acuity specialty, you may be required to have at least two years experience.
Travel nursing also brings incredible tax advantages, so make sure you are aware of how they apply to you.
3. Flexibility Requirements for Travel Nursing
Typical travel nursing assignments are 13 weeks, but assignment length can vary. This means you need to be open to shorter and longer assignments.
The following types of facilities all have needs to fill crucial nursing roles:
- outpatient centers
- long-term care facilities
- private clinics
Although you have the final say regarding where your next assignment takes you, the more flexible you are, the more opportunity you have to see the country while you earn a living.
It’s also important to be flexible between assignments. This is because the time between submission of your application and when you begin a travel assignment can vary.
Recruiters can begin finding you a position right away, but it will depend on when you are ready to go and if there are any current openings that meet your interests. You can also travel at your leisure and bring along whomever you choose!
Your Next Journey is Awaiting
Once you’ve fulfilled all 3 requirements, you’ll be ready to embark on your next adventure. If you have any questions about what’s needed to become a travel nurse, contact us today.