5 Common Resume Mistakes to Avoid as a Med-Surg Travel Nurse

When applying to medical-surgical travel nurse jobs, one of the first things a recruiter will ask you to do is to provide an updated resume. While you likely will say, “Sure, no problem,” we understand if you’re silently contemplating the last time you updated—or even looked at—your resume. Where is it saved again? I know it’s on a USB thumb-drive somewhere…

Whether you regularly polish your resume or are pretty certain CV is shorthand for “cardiovascular,” (it’s actually curriculum vitae in the context of job applications), this article is for you! At Next Travel Nursing, our team of med-surg RN recruiters understand that you’re busy and want to help ensure your resume has that extra polish it needs to put you at the top of the applicant list. Here are five common resume mistakes we see travel nurse applicants (not just med-surg, of course) make we submitting to a new job.

1. Overlapping Work History

This is a biggie, and could get you resume tossed out even if you’re a well-qualified med-surg RN. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most common mistakes we see, often due to an easy-to-fix typo. Be sure to check that all of your work history start and end dates properly align—and then check again!

2. Lack of Prior Facility Details

You’re experience is your most valuable (and most marketable) asset when it comes to travel nursing applications. It’s not enough, however, to just list the facility you worked at (or currently work at) alongside the dates. Giving the evaluate some context can help move the needle in a big way. For each job experience item you include, add a few key points such as total beds at the facility, the trauma level, the number of beds on your unit, and whether or not it was a teaching facility.

3. Lack of Job Experience Details

Similar to the aforementioned point, simply listing that you worked as a med-surg nurse at Example Hospital from this date to that date won’t be a major attention grabber. For each job held, write a few sentences that describe what you did at that facility or any notable things about your work there that you are especially proud of. This should go beyond, “Provided great care to patients.” Make sure they notice you for the amazing nurse you are!

4. EMR Skills Not Included

Technology know-how in hospitals is becoming ever-more important each year. However, this is something Next recruiters must often ask travel nurses to provide after first viewing their resume. By including this on you resume from the start, you can expedite the submittal process and demonstrate your EMR chops to potential travel nurse host facilities.

5. Certifications and Licenses Not Listed Clearly

This is something we frequently see among med-surg nurses who have worked in one state their entire career. While this section of your resume is simple and straightforward, it’s very easy to forget one or two certifications you may hold. Even if you don’t think a license or certification is relevant to the med-surg job for which you’re being submitted, include it on your resume anyway—you never know what additional positives will help you stand out from other applicants.

6. Permanent Address Not Provided

If you’re an experienced med-surg travel nurse who has been away from your legal permanent residence  for quite some time, this may be an easy oversight. However, it’s very important for your Next recruiter to have this information, as it will be needed during the submittal process.

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Why Home Health Travel Nursing Could Be Your Next Best Career Move

If you’re a home health nurse, kudos to you for making a smart career choice! After all, home health is expected to be the fastest-growing healthcare field in the next 10 years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. And, if you’re ready to take your career to the next level, check out home health travel nursing, which is expected to grow even more rapidly. Being a home health travel nurse has amazing perks and advantages over full-time, permanent positions.

While rates of diseases (such as obesity and diabetes) increase year-after-year, so does the population’s desire to age peacefully “in place,” delaying entrance to facilities like nursing homes. The good news for home health nurses is that job stability is high. Yet, in many areas, the demand for home health nurses is so high that there are not enough skilled nurses to fill the positions. That’s where home health travel nurses come in… providing exciting opportunities for a less-than-conventional lifestyle.

What’s there to love about being a home health travel RN?

1. Travel! See new places, meet new people, and have interesting experiences often!

With companies recruiting home health nurses all over the country, you can choose your next destination in life. Get to know the area as you work in various community locations, and enjoy sightseeing on your time off.

2. Freedom! Change work environments, schedules, and companies more frequently with short-term work assignments.

With contracts typically averaging 13 weeks, you can tame that itch to switch jobs with ease and without guilt. You can have more control over your schedule by accepting positions that work for your pace and desired hours. Plus, you’ll get to develop skills in a variety of settings. Looking to stay longer?  Some companies offer longer contracts, even extending over 6 months if you prefer (and such jobs are available).

3. Perks, perks, and more perks! Earn a better salary and more incentives.

To compensate traveling nurses, many companies increase the appeal to fill much-needed positions. Potential perks can include a higher salary than permanent staff, sign-on bonuses, low-cost housing or allowances, and travel stipends.  Plus, you’ll usually enjoy your conventional benefits, such as health coverage and 401(k) options.

4. Contribute! Help communities in need by providing a service in shortage.

Home health travel nurse jobs are available to fill an important need that is currently unmet. Quality healthcare is undoubtedly one o the most important things in life. Working where your’e needed, respected, and appreciated feels good, right?

The bottom line: A home health travel nursing job is an opportunity you don’t want to miss out on. If you have at least 2 years of full-time experience as a home health RN and are ready to take the leap, start searching for your perfect fit now by clicking the button below!

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6 Reasons California is a Bucket List Travel Nurse Destination

Let’s face it, you’ve got the skills to work anywhere you want. You’re at the top of your game and you’re in demand! There are jobs everywhere you look, and people are vying for your nursing talent. With everyone needing your skillset, why wouldn’t you want to go to one of the most attractive places on earth?

Here are six reasons you should have California on your travel nursing bucket list:

1. Money, Money, Money

We know you’re already singing along…but seriously, the pay in California is #legit. Yes, we know you enjoy helping people, we do get it. But… there’s nothing wrong with doing what you love and getting paid well for it!

2. The Perfect Climate for Everyone

Whether you’re into the oldies or your grandpa made you listen to it, just about everyone has heard the song “California Dreamin’”—and for good reason. Sure, the song is talking about the amazing weather, if you like sunshine and beaches. But we know some people prefer the colder, mountainous climates, or even the desert (to each their own!). So regardless of what makes you tick, California has the right climate for you.

3. A Little Vino

You work hard, you’re on your feet all day, and what do you want to relax with when you get home? Might we suggest a bottle of some of the best wine on the planet? People come from all over the world just to enjoy all the Napa Valley has to offer, and when you’re here, it’s right in your backyard. Friends and family will want to visit just to taste and experience some of the great wine California has to offer, so no need to feel homesick. They’ll come to you!

4. Iconic National Parks

California is home to some of the most spectacular views on the planet and has numerous national parks to protect these sites. Death Valley National Park is awe-inspiring (need we say visits in winter are usually the best idea?), Yosemite National Park offers glacier-sculpted geology, and Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park has trees with more mass than any others in the world. You will go home feeling short, guaranteed.

5. Walk or Bike the Golden Gate Bridge

Tourists come from all over the world to see this picturesque bridge, but you can easily take a walk or bike across without having to plan a huge vacation (if you’re already here that is…).

6. Live the Hollywood Life

And finally, we come to one of the best reasons to do your thing in California: the Hollywood lifestyle. C’mon, we’ve seen you taking a glimpse at those celebrity magazines in the lounge on break time. We also know you follow the famous on your Instagram account. So just come to terms with the fact that you love the glamorous lifestyle, and head out west. After all, #YOLO!

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5 Best Shoes for Nurses

As a nurse, you’re on your feet for up to 12 hours at a time, walking, standing, and even running. Being a lifesaver is tough work! 😅 Bad shoes can mean poor posture and pain, especially after several days of work in a row, and that’s just not cool. Because of this, making sure your nursing shoes work for you should be a top priority. A good pair of nursing shoes can make a long shift a lot more comfortable, and your feet will thank you. Here are five top-rated nursing shoes to give you a little extra bounce in your step. 👟👣

1. Dansko

Danskos have been popular nursing shoes for years, and many nurses swear by them. While they have many shoe styles, they’re most known for their nursing clogs. They have a two-inch rocker bottom to help your foot roll through each step, are great at helping absorb shock, and have plenty of toe room. They come in a variety of colors and patterns, and last-but-not-least, they last for ages.

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2. Alegria

Alegria is another popular shoe brand that uses memory foam, cork, and latex in their footbed. This combination both molds to your foot and helps absorb shock from your steps. If your footbed wears out, it’s also replaceable, which means you don’t need to give up on your favorite shoes. Alegria has many styles to choose from and some adorable patterns. It’s a win for both style and comfort—meet your new wardrobe BFF!

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3. Nurse Mates

If you’re not a fan of clog-style shoes, check out Nurse Mates. Their shoes have plenty of cushioning while at the same time being incredibly lightweight. Most styles come in black, white, gray, or navy. They’re both stain and slip-resistant, making them a practical choice for nurses who value their comfort.

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4. Timberland Renova

Timberland also makes some great styles of professional shoes. The Renova style is a fave of many nurses, especially those who have high arches. If you have high arches, you know how tricky it can be to find a shoe that supports your foot. Renovas have a specially-designed toe box and are treated with 3M Scotchgard to keep your sweet new kicks stain-free.

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5. Nike Flex Running Shoes

Nike Flex running shoes are another option loved by many nurses. If you prefer a sneaker-style nursing shoe and a lower heel, this might be the pair for you. They’re lightweight and the upper part is designed to fit your foot like a sock.

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What to Expect as a Home Health Travel Nurse

The home health industry’s explosive growth is not expected to slow any time soon. Experienced home health RNs know that their skill-set is in demand, and many are choosing to take the plunge into travel nursing for the first time. Maybe you’re burned out in your current locale and simply want to take care of patients? Or perhaps the prospect of higher pay has caught your interest?

No matter what your motivation, travel nursing offers something for everybody, and making the transition to a home health travel RN job is easier than ever.

First, the perks. Why are home health nurses ditching their traditional day (or night) jobs to take on travel assignments?

1. Flexible schedules.

Travel nurses enjoy much greater autonomy than employed RNs. Don’t want that assignment? Don’t take it. Travel nurses have the ability to work with their recruiters to find assignments that fit their personal needs and preferences. And they don’t have to worry about using up a limited bank of vacation time, because they can choose to accept assignments when they want to.

2. Higher pay.

Maybe you’re paying off debt, saving for a new house, or are less-than-thrilled with the small annual increases you’re getting in your current role. Travel nurses are able to take advantage of economic opportunities outside their local market to increase their pay. Plus, in addition to higher hourly wages, travel RNs usually get benefits, special tax breaks, and stipends for housing and living expenses.

3. Visit new places.

Maybe you’ve dreamed of going to a specific city or state, but heard that housing is so expensive there and jobs are hard to find. Home health travel nursing is an inexpensive way to visit new places.

4. Building resumes.

Travel nurses gain access to prestigious medical centers, which end up on their resumes. They can also gain exposure to new specialties, skill-sets, and EMRs—all of which can increase their value in the market both at home and across the U.S. They can also expand their professional network.

5. Patients, not politics.

Home health travel nurses rarely spend a lot of time sitting in meetings. And they don’t have to deal with the same difficult colleague or supervisor every day. Instead, travel nurses get to focus on providing direct care to patients.

6. Building confidence.

Because home health travel RNs are constantly exposed to new situations, they tend to acquire new skills and confidence at a faster rate than if they worked for one employer.

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5 Tip for New Travel Nurses

Heading out on your first travel nursing assignment can produce a wide array of emotions. You’re likely excited, but yet uncertain. Confident yet somewhat nervous?

At Next Travel Nursing, our team of dedicated recruiters is here to support you and make that first travel job go as smoothly as possible! Here are five tips for RNs new to the traveling world.

1. Be ready for change.

Starting a new job always put butterflies in your stomach, but that feeling may be more intense when you’re in a new city for the first time. Preparing yourself for lots of changes can help you embrace the excitement of the experience rather than focusing on any possible anxiety. Take the opportunity to learn about yourself and maybe meet some really cool people along the way.

2. Read the fine print.

Always read your contract (with Next or any other travel nursing company) and verify all details before signing. Ensuring you are working with a reputable travel or staffing agency can save you headaches then it comes to contract time.

3. Do your research.

Do a quick Google search or map check on the facility you will be going to. It can help ease your mind if you know a little bit about the surrounding area, like where the grocery stores are or how many highways you will have to take to get to work.  Find out what attractions and places to unwind are nearby. Knowing the size of the hospital, if they have any designations such as a trauma or stroke center, and what population they serve can help you prepare for your time there.

4. Get your finances together.

It is always a good idea to have a decent savings account balance before deciding to travel. Consider potential higher costs of living and any added expenses when planning your first assignment. (Like all the cool places you will want to visit in new cities!)

5. Be flexible.

In order to get the most out of travel nursing, you may have to give up your ideal requirement of only working day shift in a beach town ! (#goals!) The great thing about travel nursing is that it’s all temporary, and all experience is valuable. Each hospital that utilizes travel nurses truly needs the help. Try taking shorter assignments in different places and types of facilities to see what you really like. Don’t be afraid of leaving that comfort zone!

More questions? Our team is happy to provide answers or guidance as you start this exciting new journey. Contact us today!


Travel Nursing Health Insurance: 5 Things to Consider

As a registered nurse, you spend your days taking care of others. It’s important to take care of yourself, too! If you’re thinking about getting into travel nursing, make sure you secure an excellent benefits package that includes medical insurance from day one. ✅

Healthcare can be costly, whether it’s an annual wellness exam, urgent care visit, or emergency surgery. This cost is why good health insurance is one of the must-have benefits when you take any new job—arguably even more so for a travel nurse. When you’re traveling the country, it’s good to know that you can keep up on preventative care, get the prescription drugs you need, and obtain urgent care or emergency care if a serious illness or injury strikes. 

Here are five things every RN should consider before taking a travel nurse assignment:

1. When do health benefits start?

From your very first day on the job, you need to have health insurance. No probation period, no waiting. And because you could take a job anywhere in the country, you want to be sure the insurance is widely accepted. If you work with Next Travel Nursing, the coverage is first-rate. From day one of your assignment, we provide coverage to our travelers.

2. What are the premiums and co-pays? 

Health insurance helps you pay for doctor visits , prescription drugs, and preventative screenings. Rates and co-pays can vary greatly depending on your insurance plan. Our carrier negotiates competitive rates to keep your co-pays and premiums as low as possible. 

3. Is dental or vision insurance included?

What happens if you have a dental emergency on the road or need new glasses?  Dental and vision insurance are extras that not every company offers. Our benefits for travel nurses include optional dental and vision insurance.

4. How good is the coverage for prescription meds?

When you’re a travel nurse, the last thing you want to hassle with is medication issues for yourself or a family member. Most placement agencies offer prescription drug coverage through the health plan, but your out-of-pockets costs may be pretty high. Our plan ensures your prescription drug co-pays are competitively priced.

5. Do you get coverage between jobs?

The time between travel gigs is a great opportunity to schedule doctor visits and preventative care appointments for you and your family. However, make sure you understand what a travel nurse company’s policy is before you accept an assignment. At Next Travel Nursing, your benefits end the last day of your assignment unless you extend your assignment or re-sign and start a new assignment within 28 days. 

As a travel nurse, you need to be healthy and happy wherever you are. At Next Travel Nursing, our health insurance coverage will help you to feel your best. ☺

For more information, connect with a Next recruiter today!

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5 Must-Have Mobile Apps for Travel Nurses

While your Next Travel Nursing recruiter will be your BFF throughout your travel experience, getting the most out of your personal technology when on assignment is also helpful. Travel nursing is all about adventure and community—these five must-have mobile apps can help you make the most out of your stay.

1. Waze

Possibly the best-known mobile app on this list, Waze is a navigation app —but better. Waze reports information such as traffic congestion, accidents, and construction. Navigating a new area can be tricky, and rush hour can be a major headache in a large city if you’re not prepared. This app will direct you via the quickest route and help keep you on-time for your new gig and free-time adventures.

2. Google Keep

Everyone knows how chaotic moving can be, even for 13-week stints. Making lists  is a must, especially when moving to a new area with a new job lined up. Google Keep is our top pick for list apps. You can name and keep multiple lists in the app, with check-boxes next to each item to help you as you go. Keep is also useful for keeping important information on hand—you can save notes in the app. The app automatically backs up to your Google account and any other Keep apps you have on your devices (tablet, laptob, etc.), so if you lose your phone, you can have peace of mind that your information is still on your account.

3. BrightNest

BrightNest is a unique app that uses your location to create a list of the stores and services available in the area . The app pulls up a variety of home improvement and organization resources that are ultra-helpful as a renter. Forget a laundry basket? No problem! BrightNest will show you the nearest store in your new city. This app is great for those headed to cities they’ve never visited.

4. Yeti

Half the excitement of travel nursing is getting to explore a new city and state. Yeti is known as the “Tinder of places.” Using your location, the app pulls up great local places to visit, such as restaurants, attractions, and events, all presented in the “swipe” format. Swipe right for more information, and swipe left to see the next suggestion. Users can also discuss their experiences at certain attractions on the discussion board. Pretty sweet, right? Yeti’s a great tool to have in your pocket.

5. Airbnb

Nurses who work with Next have the added advantage of our in-house Travel & Housing department, a team of people who can set up company-paid housing or make knowledgeable recommendations if you choose to set up your own accommodations. However, if you’re working with another agency, or simply plan on taking any overnight trips away from your assignment location, Airbnb allows you to look at and book housing options on-the-go. The app lists apartments and rooms that individuals or families have posted for rent. Many travel nurses find housing arrangements through this app . Airbnb is also a nice way to begin to meet people in the area outside of work. The owners may be able to point you in the right direction for entertainment and attractions in the area.

Want more helpful travel nursing tips? Talk to a specialty-focused recruiter at Next Travel Nursing today!


Travel Nurse Taxes: Last Minute Advice

April 18th is Fast Approaching

Tax season is here and April 18th is fast approaching. It’s time to get things in order so you can file your travel nurse taxes. Your travel nurse salary is already impressive. How do you ensure the most from your refund?  Next Travel Nursing is breaking down four points of making the most of your travel nurse tax refund.

1) Track Everything 📈📝📝

Tracking your expenses will reduce the stress and work you have to do when it’s time to file. Mobile apps, spreadsheets, or pen and paper ledger are options. Just make sure it is accurate.  Remember to track your spending takes some time and effort, but once you’ve got the habit down, filing your travel nurse taxes will be much easier. Lots of items can be deducted from your taxes: travel costs, accommodation, transport in your area of work, and some meals. Not keeping track of them could cost you free money.

2) Receipts are Vital 💻💳📊

Receipts are your new best friend. While you work on tracking expenses, work on putting your receipts in the log. Receipts are essential for travel nurse taxes. They’re a quick and easy way to see what can be deducted. Wondering if there are types of receipts to keep or to throw? Make a point to keep them all including: association or union dues, license fees, uniform and upkeep, medical equipment, cell phone and internet, continuing education, relevant journal subscriptions, etc. Deductions can always surprise you. Make sure to follow the paper trail!

3) Get the Proper Paperwork 📄📃📑

Make sure you have the right tax paperwork. Your agency should provide the proper documents you need to file your travel nurse taxes. Individual states and countries have specific regulations concerning taxes, and it is up to you – or your agency – to know them as they apply to travel nurses. The more you know about local tax codes, the easier it will be to complete your taxes in a timely fashion. You should be aware of any special tax laws your state or country of origin have. If you have any questions about specific state tax codes call the taxing authority of the state. Travel nurses often work in more than one state over a year, so expect to pay taxes to multiple states. Any questions or concerns, speak to your recruiter. Your agency should give your confidence you’re doing the things correct AND getting the best refund.

4) File Travel Nurse Taxes as Early as You Can ⏰⏳⌛️

You know this, but life gets in the way. Or we can just procrastinate because really? Who likes to fill out tax paperwork? Organization for next filing next year’s travel nurse taxes is going to be your new mantra. Keep your receipts and paperwork in the same place, create new habits, and track it all. You’ll be surprised at how simple taxes become when everything in one spot. The earlier you file, the faster you get that oh-so-sweet refund.

Now’s the time, travel nurses. Get your money!


What to Expect: Psychiatric Travel Nurse’s First Day

First time travel nurse? Not sure what to expect on your psychiatric travel nurse first day? Nerves are an expected part of any first day on a new unit. Position yourself for success by knowing what to expect and how best to prepare. Here are a few things that we’ve found key for a first day on the job as a psychiatric travel nurse.

Getting Acclimated

A new facility may offer an orientation period as short as one day or as long as one week. Orientation may be comprised of formal classroom training, computer modules, and shadowing on the unit.  Psychiatric travel nurse jobs may also include training on behavioral interventions and the facility’s policy on seclusion and restraints. One of the most valuable tools for the psychiatric travel nurse is adaptability. Expect to walk into a new facility and be expected to roll with the punches 👊. You’ll be a welcomed asset if you can easily adjust to the routine and workflow of your new unit. You can quickly achieve this by making the most of your orientation period.

Ask questions. Take notes and review them regularly. Determine the location of key items (i.e., crash cart, restraints, supply closet, important phone numbers, etc.). Learn the names and roles of various team members. Familiarize yourself with applicable state laws regarding involuntary mental health holds. If you will be facilitating educational groups, observe a coworker facilitate a group to get an idea of the format expected.  You’ve got this.

EHR Systems and Charting

While there may be nothing to prepare you for working with different EHR (electronic health record) systems, taking thorough notes 🗒 during orientation can be immensely helpful. Make certain  what you are responsible for charting each shift and how to access it in the record. Review your MAR and charting prior to the end of each shift. Your coworkers will be grateful they don’t have to clean up after you.

Patient Interactions

Patients on a mental health unit may seek to push boundaries and test limits when they realize you are new to the facility. Set firm expectations and err on the side of caution ⚠. When in doubt, seek the support of your coworkers. If a patient asks a question and you’re uncertain of the answer, let them know you will find out and get back to them. Patients are responsive when you are honest. You will be expected to swiftly respond during an incident involving an agitated and/or combative patient. Remember you’re training and remain calm. If you aren’t feeling confident in the specific procedures at your new facility, start by directing other patients away from the area to ensure their safety. It can be easier to watch how your new team operates in this type of situation rather than to take a hands-on approach during your first code.

Remember—you know what you are doing! You’re already a phenomenal psych nurse and those skills will make you a valued asset as traveler. 😊 If you have questions or concerns, you have a recruiter on the other end of the line. Pick up the phone, drop them a text, write an email. Your specialty-focused recruiter may have more answers than you imagine. Make sure to take advantage of that recruiter-nurse relationship.

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