How to Become a Travel Nurse

Travel nursing is often an attractive career opportunity that includes great pay, the chance to see different regions of the country, and many more benefits. What it takes to become a travel nurse, however, is not always clear to those new to the field. To help, the Next Travel Nursing team has assembled a list of five steps to becoming a successful travel nurse.

1. Meet the necessary qualifications.

To become a travel nurse, you must:

Without meeting these qualifications, most travel nursing agencies will not consider registering your details.

2. Have a registered home address to access tax-free earnings.

Having a registered home address/state isn’t an absolute necessity to become travel nurse—but, if you want to earn money on a tax-free basis, this is something you need. There’s no exact rule about how far from your home address a job needs to be to be considered a travel nurse post, but the team at Next considers 75 miles the typical minimum standard. 🗺️

3. Be flexible.

As a nurse, flexibility is likely something you utilize at your job each and every day. As a travel nurse, the willingness and ability to be flexible is even more critical.

Most travel nursing jobs span between 13-26 weeks, so the flexibility might not necessarily be tied to your ability to travel on short notice ⏰. However, if your employer wants you to cover staff across a number of different departments, flexibility comes in very handy.

4. Make sure you’re licensed to work in the state you are considering taking an assignment in.

Another important travel nursing requirement is being licensed to work in the state in which your assignment is located. If you are qualified in or have worked in a compact state, you are automatically licensed to work in 25 U.S. states 🇺🇸. If you haven’t, you will need to find out what license you do need and apply for it. (A Next recruiter can help guide you through this process.)

5. Be personable.

Another soft skill that’s beneficial in travel nursing is exhibiting a friendly, approachable demeanor when on the job. This will help you quickly mesh with the many teams and colleagues you’ll be working with. This type of attitude can also help you fit in wherever you work and to avoid office politics.

6. Reach out to an experienced travel nursing staffing agency.

Ready to take the first step towards becoming a travel nurse? Or, simply want to learn more? Reach out to the team at Next Travel Nursing today to get your questions answered or to begin your travel nursing journey.

Learn more about the benefits of travel nursing with Next.

Are Travel Nurses Happier⁉️

Study says: travel nurses are happier 😁

Full-time nurses have it rough. Longer shifts, increased workloads and dangerous nurse-to-patient ratios are too common. An academic study discovered that one out of every four hospital nurses is burned out. That’s a bummer, especially when you consider that nurses provide some 90% of the world’s healthcare services.

But the recent study also proved that not every nurse is feeling the burn. 🔥

Linda H. Aiken, PhD, RN, a professor of sociology and nursing and director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania, conducted a study to determine the efficacy of travel nurses. The results of the survey revealed more than what was originally intended.

After examining over 40,000 nurses in over 600 hospitals, Linda Aiken concluded that not only are travel nurses satisfied with their jobs, but travel nurses working for agencies had a higher job satisfaction rate compared to full-time nurses. #winning

The results make sense because most travel nursing contracts only last 13 weeks, which isn’t enough time for travelers to get caught up in typical pitfalls that lead to nurse burnout 😃. Also, living life 13 weeks at a time keeps things fresh and exciting.

Are you a nurse looking to travel? Want a partner instead of an employer? There are five steps you can take to experiencing the kind of job satisfaction you deserve! Click below to find out how you can begin your travel nursing journey! ✈️🏥