Want to see places, yet be on the job? Many careers offer that pleasure, but none like travel nursing jobs. It’s exciting to experience different cultures, and it is equally rewarding to know many kinds of people in travel nursing jobs. Think about it. Travel nursing jobs will not only offer you excellent money in addition to free housing and insurance, they will also let you see the entire country, experience different cultures, taste different cuisines, and above all meet new people. But there is another advantage. By opting for travel nursing jobs, you are adding to your unique experience of multiple nursing abilities.
A travel nursing job is a temporary requirement of the mobile health care provider who is able to attend contracted assignments for a health care facility. Normally, these assignments are for a term of 13 weeks, but may vary subject to terms of agreement. The travel nursing job differs from agency nursing whereby, in the case of the latter, the service provider is a local nurse whom hospitals contract mostly for single-shift assignments.
In view of shortages of experienced nursing staff, there is a good scope for travel nursing jobs. Since hospitals can hire experienced travel nurses, by so doing they can save on their resources that would have otherwise been spent for orientation of new nurses or extending matching employee benefits.
Though there is no dearth of travel nursing jobs, a prospective candidate will do well to do solid homework before joining the fray. Here are some pointers:
1. Before You Apply
You need minimum of one-year experience in nursing. Also, you must have nursing license for the states where you wish to practice. A new state license usually takes not less than 6 months for issuance. If you are licensed in a state that participates in the Nurse Licensure Compact agreement, the usual wait to obtain a new license may be waived.
2. Which Travel Company To Choose
This is an important step in finding a suitable travel nursing job. Be diligent and try to unearth as much information as you can. For example, if you can locate other travel nurses, do ask them pros and cons of a company’s service. Not all companies measure up to expectations. Does a company issue paychecks in time? Does it stand by you in emergency? Does it offer free housing and insurance? What is the standard of housing offered? Will you get travel reimbursement? For all these and much more extensive information, think of participating in various travel nurse forums.
3. After You Choose Travel Company
Now is the time to arrange all your papers and start applying. When your application is accepted by a company, you will be asked to select from among several travel nursing jobs. Use some time to research the hospitals of your choice by visiting their websites. After your confirmation, and once your profile matches with the requirements of a recruiting hospital, you will need to establish communication for a phone interview with a company representative. If your interview goes well, you may land the job.
4. What Next ?
Okay, you are now ready for your travel nursing job. But wait. Scan the contract papers thoroughly. Remember what is not written is not guaranteed. So, if there is something amiss in the contract papers, ask for it. Ensure that you perfectly know what is expected of you when you start your new assignment. If this is mandatory on your part, there are other pressing needs you must attend to. Gather information about the new place, its climate, the people, the facilities, where and what to eat, places to see, taxes and levies to think about and so on.
If you are a willing nurse eager to try out travel nursing jobs, an exciting career awaits you. You will get to work in top-ranking hospitals with cutting-edge technology and innovative practices. You will become a good manager of your finances and have more control on your career. But perhaps the most redeeming feature of travel nursing jobs is the incredible opportunity to visit many places and know many people. What could be better? Indeed!
Copyright 2006 Linda Raye