Travel nursing is an exciting, rewarding, dynamic career choice. If you’re interested in this profession, it can seem a little daunting – we get it. So, how does one get started on the journey to become a travel nurse?
Get the education.
First things first – you need the proper education to work as a travel nurse. Like any nursing career, you’ll need either your Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) or a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) from an accredited program to start working at all. Once you have that, you can sign up for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) exam, which is the federal examination nurses take to become certified.
Pass the NCLEX.
Now it’s time to pass the NCLEX and meet all your licensure requirements. Note that travel nurses can either gain certification in the state they plan to work in or get a nursing licensure compact (NLC), which allows you to travel from state to state and work without having to obtain permanent licensure in every state.
Gain experience in your specialty.
Most hospitals and healthcare networks require nurses to have some experience as staff RNs before coming to work for them as travel nurses. Usually, at least two years of experience are desired. Gaining this experience in your field allows you to hit the ground running once you decide to take the next step and look for travel nursing placements.
Pick your placement.
Once you’ve passed the NCLEX, obtained the proper licensure to start working as a travel nurse, and gained crucial experience in the field, the only thing left to do is decide where you’d like to go. Travel nurses typically work in hospitals, but their services are also needed in specialty clinics, outpatient facilities, home health settings, nursing homes, and more. The choice is up to you – it’s a great way to work in a variety of settings while getting to explore multiple cities across the country.
Launch Your Travel Nursing Career With Us
One of the best ways to start your travel nursing journey and find the placements you really want is by working with a healthcare staffing firm like Medical Talent. Partnering with our recruiters means you get your choice of top placements in the area where you want to work. Contact our healthcare recruiters today to get started.
Have you ever considered partnering with a staffing firm to source and hire top talent? There are many benefits to doing so. You’ll find qualified candidates quickly and reduce your time to hire and the costs associated with posting job openings, reviewing resumes, and interviewing. Plus, you’ll be able to free up your core staff to focus on broader objectives and facility goals rather than getting bogged down in the details of the hiring process. And it turns out that partnering with a staffing firm is mutually beneficial – it’s as good for the firm as it is for you.
A staffing firm can meet a variety of needs.
Do you need permanent or full-time team members to add to your roster? How about temporary or contract workers? Maybe you’re not ready to commit to a full-time relationship without testing out the employee on the job first. In any of these situations, a staffing partner can help. By offering temporary, temp-to-hire, and direct hire options – just to name a few – you’re gaining access to a variety of solutions to meet your hiring and staffing needs. And the staffing firm benefits from your business and gets to engage all its business lines as necessary.
A staffing firm is your long-term partner.
Don’t think of a staffing firm as a one-time solution. The aim is to be your long-term partner, available for you whenever the need for a staffing solution arises. Need one temporary employee in a few days to cover an unplanned absence? A larger pool of contractors to assist during busy periods? A full-time member of leadership to help guide your facility in a new direction? Staffing firms can help with all of the above. By remaining your trusted source for staffing, the firm keeps up business while your facility benefits from having the necessary staffing solutions available at a moment’s notice.
Staffing firms can help with more than just staffing.
Staffing might be in the name, but staffing firms also help with a lot more than just hiring. From assistance with worker classification and compliance to safety training, background checks, drug screenings, pre-employment interviews, and much more, you can rely on your staffing partner for a variety of needs beyond simply finding great people for your facility.
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