Do you have what it takes to keep up with the travel nursing lifestyle–going from one assignment to the next every 13 weeks? Traveling the nation, earning excellent compensation with, and gaining valuable knowledge and experience sure sounds like a dream but there are important characteristics. Here are some key traits ideal travel nurse candidates possess.
Adventurous. Starting a new job in a new place can be a bit intimidating but if you love to try new things and not afraid of change, then being a traveling nurse could be perfect for you. You will have the opportunity to explore new cities and develop new relationships all over the country!
Thirst for Knowledge. Every new job you work for will have different expectations but for travel nurses, learning the rules and operations of a new hospital happens far more often than going from one permanent position to the next. You should be able to quickly adopt these new practices. After all, the more knowledge and experience you gain and apply to the next is fuel for the most successful nursing career.
Adaptable. Moving from place to place every few months is no easy feat but any nurse considering the travel life will need to be able to quickly adapt to new surroundings, people, as well as policies and procedures. The facilities you work for on an assignment are looking forward to your help and are ready to throw you right in the mix. The right candidate will be able to rapidly mold into new environments with a new team when going from one assignment to the next.
Gregarious and Good Communicator. These are two traits but they sort of go hand-in-hand. Do you love people? Are you comfortable with quickly getting acquainted to new folks? As a travel nurse, you are constantly going to be the “new” person and you have to be comfortable with that fact. You do not necessarily have to strive to be the most popular person on every assignment but you should be able to easily get along with people and communicate professionally and effectively.
Positive Attitude. Every job has it’s share of challenges and frustrations but it is how you look at and deal with them that matters. If you are considering a travel nurse assignment, how will you react to the persistent changes you’ll be faced with? If you are up for some of the challenges mentioned above, a travel nursing job may very well be for you!
Do you possess all of these traits? Then you are one step closer to the travel nurse lifestyle! Before you begin browsing travel nursing assignments, lets look at the qualifications you will need to get started.
Experience. The minimum amount of experience you need varies but the general rule of thumb is about 18 to 24 months for most employers. References are a big plus for new travelers so be sure to start collecting them as early as possible! Make sure the references are up-to-date and that you also have written letters of reference that can be verified.
Licensing. While you do not necessarily have to have a license in the state you are interested in going on assignment, you do have to have a valid license to jump start you travel nursing career. Recruiters will be looking for proof to verify your education. Obtain an official copy of your transcripts to share with hiring agencies. Also, if you do not already have a license in the state you want to travel to, find out how long it will take to obtain one before you start packing your bags! You may get licensing contact information on our browse jobs by state pages.
Certification. ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support), BLS (Basic Life Support), PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) or any other certification must be carried on your person at all times. These certifications must be signed by you and the instructor.
Background Check. For every new travel assignment a new background is required. General rule of thumb is that screens cover the last 7-10 years for all cities/states where you have lived and worked. Drug screens are also required for every new assignment.
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