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How To Become A Traveling Nurse

So, you’ve taken the plunge and started looking into how to become a traveling nurse. Being a traveling nurse is just like being a staff nurse, but better! Cut the politics, multiply the pay, grow your experience, meet new people, see new things, travel and work at the same time! 

Travel Nursing 101

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Gain new experience as a traveling nurse

Pick a unit. Here’s a scenario… You’re an RN. You start off in the Med/Surg unit and work there for 5 months until you transfer to the L&D. You decide after 6 months that you don’t like babies or whiney mothers, so you transfer to the ER. After 6 months of being in the ER, you decide travel would be awesome. Even though your resume looks great and you have recent experience, you don’t have 1 full year of either Med/Surg, L&D, or ER experience. Keep on workin’, because our clients require that full recent year in your specific unit. This may be a no-brainer, but I’ll say it anyways- you can’t reach out to me and say “I want to travel in L&D” but have only worked Post-Partum or Antepartum for your career. RECENT EXPERIENCE, FOLKS!!!

You’re a guest in someone else’s house, act like it. Yes, as a traveling nurse you’re looked at as the expert and are brought in to bring some relief to these staff nurses who are worked to the bone, but stay humble and respectful. You’re not there to bully or manage, but to deliver exceptional patient care with a smile on your face and collect an awesome paycheck at the end of the week! Some staff nurses suck, we know this. Some are super grateful you’re there to help them and some others hate you because you’re in their house collecting more a paycheck than they are. Unfortunately, there’s nothing we can do about this and there is no way to know this information until a traveler tells us. We will stick up for you through and through, but there’s only so much we can do when you’ve accepted the 13 week assignment. We are at the mercy of the hospital.

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Become your own boss!

Be open. In today’s travel market, it is SUPER competitive. As soon as a position opens, it’s filled with 20+ candidates within minutes. The more open to location, shift, etc., you are, the more chance we’ll have in finding you a position. Also, be open to TRUSTING US. Our job is to find you a great travel position. We can’t do that if we have to reach out to you and get your approval to submit you to a newly opened position. Minutes/hours will go by and there will be multiple candidates presented before you to lower our chances for an interview. Help us help you and get your travel britches on!

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