Choosing a Travel Nurse Job

how to choose a travel nursing agency

Professional travel nurse jobs, which are very good careers, are growing in demand. There is the potential to make more money than traditional nursing jobs working as a travel nurse. This profession came into existence during the early 1900s. It has grown into a large industry that has many different types of nursing disciplines.

Presently, there are several thousand traveling nurses in the USA. Traveling nursing jobs tend to be short-term nursing assignments that can range anywhere from four to fifty-two weeks. It is a highly specialized career within the health-care profession. You travel to various parts of the nation to provide care.

You get to see different parts of the country at various times of the year. This job is never routine. There is always something new to look forward to each day. These nurses can pick and choose assignments that can be as long or as short as you want.

What is required to travel as a nurse?

travel nurse certificationBecoming a traveling health professional requires a degree in nursing.  The job requires a BSN, ADN or 3 years diploma graduate. In addition to this, we should have the actual clinical experience with one year as a licensed nurse in the area of your specialty.

It is suggested that those interested in this profession obtain 2 to 3 years of clinical experience. The actual requirement of experience differs with the actual specialty area. There are many specialties in nursing and some require specialty nurse certification.

All traveling nurses have to get a license for the particular state they are practicing in to be able to work. In addition to the training, they must have a good temperament and enjoy caring for others.

What is the purpose of a Travel Nurse Agency?

The Travel Nursing agents role is looking for opportunities that fit your needs. The agency then sends information regarding open and temporary vacancies to a travel nurse searching for jobs in a given specialty. The agency task is to submit all the applicable paperwork.

Once the paperwork is completed, a contract may be drawn up supposing if the interview goes well.  These jobs may be for a short term or even a long term duration. Occasionally, the health care facility will hire a nurse to fill a full-time position if both parties agree.

You can acquire travel nursing careers via the actual staffing company or even private hospitals. These staffing agencies not only assist nurses in finding jobs but will also assist a person with the relocation process.

These travel nurse agencies will certainly help you find work opportunities primarily based on your particular expertise. The duration of your particular assignment will vary. It can be as short as a few days or up to a year. There are numerous benefits to this type of job. The salary range is generally higher compared to a registered nurse employed in a hospital.

The main reasons for becoming a Travel Nurse

This might be : a higher pay rate, stipends for transportation, housing, bonuses and opportunities for travel…

travel nurse bonus & benefitsA higher pay rate

When you add expenses and bonus money to the base pay. Travel nurses earn ten to fifteen percent above the average of other nurses.  Some of the pay is tax exempt.

Most pay falls between thirty to forty dollars an hour. That can amount to a good sum of money at the end of a year. Many nurses look for ways to increase their earning potential despite the higher pay.

Remember, pay is more than just the amount of cash that you bring home every week. Pay can include your benefits such as housing, professional insurance, and other work-related expenses.

Health benefits

You can get detailed information on the health benefits that the agency offers. Compare the cost of an individual policy with one as part of a benefits package. Some agencies offer full coverage at no out of pocket cost. If the benefits are important, find out if it is cheaper for you to carry your own policy, or accept a lower paycheck with a premium policy.

Housing and bonuses

Housing allowances are a great benefit. You will get a housing allowance to rent an apartment in the location where you are working.

Almost all agencies offer bonuses for referring people to them. Bonuses may be available for holidays and overtime that are not available to regular hospital staff. This can add up quickly.

Gain more experience

It’s also a great opportunity to add new experiences to your resume. When nurses make the choice to travel, you must find one or more staffing agencies. They act as an intermediary between the health care facilities in need of skilled staff and the qualified nurses who can help.

There is a lot of paperwork a nurse needs to sign on with a travel nurse agency. Typically, it is necessary to have at least a year of clinical experience in your area of specialty. Once the initial hiring stage is complete, it is fairly easy to pick up jobs in different parts of the country.

Insurance Coverage

Health and life insurances are not the only benefits provided by the agency. You may also be covered by a professional malpractice insurance. The cost for this insurance is expensive and health care professionals should carry it.

It may be provided for free from the agency, at the cost of a few dollars, or at a cheaper rate. It is up to you to determine if this benefit is worth the money. In some cases, hospital contracts may not be available if you do not have professional malpractice insurance.

Happy travels!!

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Cheryl Roby, RN

Cheryl J. Roby is a Registered Nurse and retired US Army Reserve Nurse Major. She has more than 30 years of nursing experience and 26 years of military experience in the Army Nurse Corp. During her nursing career, she has traveled as part of her military experience visiting many of the 50 states and to South Korea. She was trained as an Army Medic during the Vietnam era and later as an OR tec. She went on to become a Licensed Practical Nurse and then completed her nursing training as a Registered Nurse. She was then commissioned as an officer in the Army Reserves. She appreciated the challenge of working in various specialties and expanding her clinical and professional skill sets. Her time in the Army Reserves and California National Guard gave her the opportunity to travel to most of the 50 states and work in other medical facilities. During her career, she had the opportunity to work in several specialties to include, OR, Occupational Health, Hospice, Sexual Assault Team, Forensic/ Correctional Nurse, Nurse Case Manager for developmental disabilities, Parish Nursing as well as a Nurse Entrepreneur.

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