Traveling Nurse Jobs
Make a difference as a Travel Nurse
It's no surprise you have a knack for helping those around you. It's likely why you got into nursing in the first place! You’re all about listening to your patients, but are you ready to listen to that inner voice telling you to travel? Travel nursing has its perks. You get to do a job you love, feel fulfilled at each day's end, explore new cities and spaces, and of course, make some pretty great cash. Travel nursing is a job for the kind-hearted, adventure seekers out there who live to care for others around the clock because people do not fall ill on a schedule, as much as that would make things easier.
Live and work in the location of your dreams and get paid to do it. As a travel nurse, you choose your specialty and your next adventure. It's not science (for once).
What is a travel nurse?
Travel nursing is a great career option for nurses who want to experience traveling to different locations and on-the-job learning about various nursing specializations while helping staff hospitals and facilities. You’ll have the chance to team up with high-performing medical nurses to sharpen your skills, giving you more jobs in the future and the best travel nursing opportunities. (Perhaps a new city?) If you want to become a medical traveler in this field, you may need certain licenses and certifications, depending on the city you’re traveling to. As a travel nurse, you:
- Evaluate and record patient symptoms
- Help doctors during exams and surgeries
- Dress wounds and incisions
- Administer medication and monitor patients’ needs
- Monitor and report patients’ symptoms and medical histories
- Perform diagnostic tests and analyze results
- Assist with patient rehab
- Teach patients about self-care and healthy habits
- Lab work
- Review patient treatment plans and measure progress
- Act in a supervisor capacity
- Med Surg
- Behavioral Health
- Labor and Delivery
- Case Management
- Sterile Processor
- Certified Sterile Tech/OR tech
- Transplant Coordinator RN
- Infection Prevention RN
- Infusion RN
- CVOR RN
- COVID Screener RN
- LTAC RN
- Rehab RN
- TeleHealth RN
- Vaccine Administrator RN
- Nurse Manager
You’re in charge of your nursing career. Where you work, what you do, and how much you get paid are up to you. This isn’t just another nursing placement; it’s your life. Make it what you want.
Take the reigns and become a nurse traveler today!
Travel Nursing Locations
There’s no one right path in travel nursing, just a lot of opportunities waiting to be grabbed. You can choose your location from the state down to the city and type of facility you want to work in. There’s no easier way to find your next travel nursing jobs.
Advantages & Perks for Travel Nurse Jobs
Travel nurses are the backbone of medical traveling. Pay transparency means you can see what you'll actually get paid before you even apply.
Travel nurses qualify for a weekly, tax-free per diem that can help you cover the cost of moving, like your transportation, meals, and other expenses.
Level-up, Nurse. Get your state licenses and travel nurse requirements reimbursed.
See new spaces. See new faces. Grow and learn in your nursing career as you grow and learn in various cities all over the country.
Medical Traveler Compliance & Licensure
Being a travel nurse is a great way to grow your experience and learn on the job. What if your dream travel assignment is asking for certifications you don’t have? Don’t sweat. You’ll get training in nursing and financial assistance for the cost of licensing and certifications!
Degrees and Certifications
Keeping up with the world of licensing and certification can be intimidating. Degrees and certifications depend on your modality and specialty but getting compliant for your home state and others you want to travel to are easier as a medical professional. Compliance experts work with your recruiter and the facility to ensure that you have all the relevant credentials required for any and all travel jobs.
Some of your compliance requirements are the same across the board, but there are others that will depend on your specialty in nursing.
The three parts of compliance
- Occupational health records: Required immunizations and health examinations
- Documentation: Tax forms, insurance paperwork, and licenses
- Testing: Certifications, online trainings, and workplace safety exams
I have been a travel nurse on and off since 1996; this last go around for seven years. Fusion Medical Staffing and their fabulous staff makes my life so much easier. My recruiter, Jessica Franson, is awesome. No words can describe how much she does for me. There is a great behind-the-scene staff also. I'm learning new things everywhere I go, from Level 1 Trauma Centers to very small community hospitals. Diversity makes my job new and exciting with each contract. Traveling gives me more job flexibility. to explore new cities and meet great people.
Who can become a Travel Nurse?
It is recommended that Travel Nurses have 12-18 months of hospital-based RN experience in their field. Depending on the specialty or the specific requirements of the facility, the required job experience could be longer.
How does Travel Nursing pay work?
You will be paid a taxable hourly rate and then given a tax-free stipend for food and housing. Typically, RN's will take around $20 per hour taxable to maximize those stipends, but we are able to mix and match pay a number of different ways. Pay packages will always look different depending on the area you are working.
What Type of Travel Nursing Job makes the most money?
Typically, the most in-demand travel nursing jobs are those that require highly specialized training, knowledge, and experience. This includes positions in the Cardiac Cath Lab, ICUs, Emergency Rooms, and Operating Rooms.
Can I find Travel Nursing Jobs in my local area?
You can work in your local area; however, there are rules that apply. Most hospitals will have radius restrictions that won’t allow local travelers to apply there. There are also per diem guidelines that go into place. Local travel nursing positions can be really hard to find, so if you are looking at staying within an hour radius, a PRN option might be the best fit for you but make sure you reach out to a recruiter for more resources and specifics.
How Long is a Typical Travel Nursing Assignment?
In the United States, the typical travel nursing assignment is thirteen weeks, but anything between eight and twenty-six weeks is common. Hospitals often offer to renew your contract, too, which is called an extension assignment. Extension offers are usually made in the last 3 to 5 weeks of your assignment, but if you’re interested in staying on longer, you should reach out to your recruiter.
Do Travel Nursing Jobs offer benefits?
Fusion offers 3 Medical plans to choose from, one PPO plan and two High Deductible Plans, as well as Dental, Vision, Basic Life, and Short-Term Disability. If traveling to the state of Hawaii, Hawaii has its own mandated coverage and you will be offered that coverage at that time. If you were previously on the BCBS Nebraska Medical coverage and/or the Ameritas Dental and Vision, this coverage will be terminated when moving to Hawaii for an assignment.
Will taking a Travel Nursing Job help my nursing career?
Travel Nursing is beneficial because it exposes you to different regional nursing procedures and patient populations, provides the opportunity to explore new specialties, and gain experience learning a new clinical environment quickly.
Can Travel Nurses Travel with Family or Pets?
Yes! You can travel on assignment with your family and/or pets, but finding housing may become more complicated. Most companies provide a one-bedroom apartment (some just a studio or an extended stay hotel), which probably isn’t doable for a family.