Travel Behavioral Health Nurse Jobs

Make a Difference as a Behavioral Health Travel Nurse

As a travel mental health nurse, you can have the best of both worlds - caring for patients in need while embarking on an unforgettable journey.

Each travel nursing assignment presents a chance to experience a new city and culture. Travel employment opportunities ensure that you have a great work life balance while ensuring top patient care. And you'll meet fellow nurses and hospital staff who share your passion. At the end of each fulfilling day, you'll rest easy knowing you made a difference in your patients' lives.

Interested in traveling as a behavioral health nurse? Browse travel behavioral health RN jobs at outstanding facilities across the country and find your fit.

What is a traveling behavioral health RN?

Travel behavioral health RNs play a crucial role in hospitals as they can provide a much-needed service to all kinds of patients. A behavioral health RN is a psychiatric travel nurse who travels to different healthcare facilities to provide support to patients struggling with their mental health. These highly trained professionals use their expertise in mental health and psychiatric nursing to assess, develop, and implement treatment plans for patients and their families. These psychiatric nurses work closely with other healthcare providers who make a positive impact in the lives of those struggling with mental health and addiction challenges.

Typical Behavioral Health RN Responsibilities:

  • Communicates and collaborates with fellow psychiatric nurses, physicians, and other healthcare providers
  • Provides and monitors patient care and patient mental health outcomes
  • Administers medications and treatments as directed
  • Maintains cleanliness of rooms and adequate stock of supplies
  • Performs a patient assessment upon intake

Choose where you go

With opportunities for travelers all over the country, we’ve selected areas with the most popular medical traveling jobs to help you find your best fit.

Advantages & Perks for Psych Travel Nursing Jobs

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Competitive pay
Travel nurses are the backbone of medical traveling. Pay transparency means you can see your weekly pay and total compensation package before you even apply.
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Per diem
As a travel psych nurse, you qualify for a weekly, tax-free per diem that can help you cover the cost of moving, like your transportation, meals, and other expenses.
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Level-up, nurse. Get your state licenses and travel nurse requirements reimbursed.
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Travel life
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.

Travel Nursing 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 education and 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 travel nurse 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 is easier as a medical professional. Compliance experts work with your dedicated recruiter and the facility to ensure that you have all the relevant credentials required for any and all travel psych nursing jobs.

Compliance Requirements

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 training, and workplace safety exams


Where are psych travel nursing jobs available?

Psych RN jobs are in high demand across the country, as they provide vital services to patients with mental illness such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and other mental health needs like addiction recovery. These specialized nurses can work during the day shift or night shift in a variety of settings including psych units at psychiatric hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities. Behavioral nursing jobs are also available in community-based settings, such as schools or community health centers, to provide support to those in underserved populations who struggle with mental illness.

How much do travel behavioral health jobs pay?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the annual average salary for RNs in the U.S. is around $77,600 per year. However, a psychiatric nurse can earn even more, depending on their level of experience, skills, geographic location, and medical facility.

Additionally, many psych travel nursing jobs offer bonuses and other incentives for meeting performance goals. With such a competitive salary range and a growing need for specialized nurses in behavioral health units, becoming a travel psychiatric registered nurse can be a lucrative and rewarding career choice.

How do you become certified as a psychiatric travel nurse?

You must first obtain a registered nurse (RN) degree from an accredited school. Once you've completed your degree program, you must pass the National Council Licensure Examination for RNs (NCLEX-RN) to earn your active RN license. To begin accepting travel nurse jobs, you'll need at least two years of experience as a nurse, preferably as a psych RN or with behavioral health programming.

Are there any certifications for psychiatric nurses that I should consider?

long with common certifications such as Basic Life Support, you can also pursue certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center in psychiatric mental health nursing to help improve your prospects as a psych travel nursing professional. This certification is granted to psych nurses who pass an exam, which tests their working knowledge of the interdisciplinary treatment team process for providing mental health care to patients in a psychiatric setting.

Do travel psych RN jobs offer benefits?

Fusion offers a comprehensive benefits package for travel nurses with three 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 a registered nurse assignment.

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