Compliance requirements for travel nurses may vary depending on the state, facility, and agency where they work, but most needs are rather streamlined. Here are a few common tips for navigating the Travel Nurse compliance process:
- Your nursing license must be active in the state you are applying to, or if applicable, you have obtained a compact license to practice. The process and timelines vary depending on the state and in some instances may take a few weeks or months. Stay on top of your expiration dates so you aren’t scrambling at the last minute.
- Maintain your certifications and credentials. Different specialties require specific credentials and certifications, such as ACLS, BLS, PALS, and TNCC, to name a few. Make sure that you are up to date and paying attention to expiration dates.
- Skills assessments are an important part of the compliance process for travel nurses. These assessments give the facility you will be working at a better idea of your past experiences, as well as your strengths. At VERO RN, we use Relias (unless the hospital requires another platform for the testing, which is not very often). Keep in mind that this skills assessment is in addition to the internal assessment that you complete during the application process.
- You will be required to complete a drug screen. Our Compliance Department works side by side with our nurses to ensure that the location of your screening location is as convenient as possible.
- Background Checks are an important part of the compliance process for travel nurses. Ensure that your past work experiences, education, and references are complete and concise. Being on top of these details will help speed up the background check.
- Complete health screening and immunizations required by the facility, which can vary based on facility needs and procedures
Maintaining your documents in a convenient location with ease of access can help speed up the process. Travel Nursing assignments are extremely competitive so the more prepared you are, the better chance you have of landing your dream assignment! We hope that these tips for navigating the Travel Nurse compliance process set you up for success!