What is Travel Nursing?

post by Kristina Thomas

There is a nursing shortage in healthcare facilities across the country. Therefore, travel nurses fill that void, increase patient safety, and improve patient outcomes. As a travel nurse, you are an employee of a healthcare staffing agency. The agency offers short-term contract assignments in multiple specialties based on job orders. 

These assignments require relevant licensing, certifications, and often 2+ years of recent nursing experience in your specialty. The contract length is typically 13 weeks but varies depending on the hospital's needs. However, in many cases, assignments have the possibility of extension. 

A travel nurse is experienced because they are expected to hit the ground running with shorter orientation periods than a staff nurse. A hospital may hire travel nurses if there’s a temporary rise in the patient population, for a critical need that’s hard to fill in that region, for extra support during seasonal illnesses, or a technology upgrade, when training may occupy much of the permanent staff’s time.

What are the benefits of travel nursing? 
  • Explore new places across the country (you can make a new home for each assignment)
  • Expand your nursing skills & boost your resume (you’ll learn new skills during each assignment)
  • Earn a higher compensation than staff nursing
  • Enjoy the freedom of choosing your location, schedule, and duration
What nursing specialties are in demand? 

Healthcare facilities across the country need travel nurses in many specialties to help. There are some specialties in higher demand than others, including: 

  • Intensive Care Unit
  • Emergency Room
  • Medical-Surgical 
  • Telemetry
  • Cardiovascular 
  • Labor and Delivery 
  • Operating Room
  • Pediatrics 
  • Cath Lab 
  • Stepdown
  • PCU
  • PACU 
  • Dialysis 
  • Psych/Behavioral Health
  • And more
How can you get started? 

Now is the perfect time to start your travel nurse journey. You can find a healthcare staffing agency you like by searching online and asking other travel nurses for recommendations. 

At Vero RN, we are a boutique-style agency that provides personalization & individual care for our travel nurses. We are comprised of experienced clinical & healthcare staffing professionals. We believe that an agency & recruiter should advocate and support nurses throughout their entire career. That's why we practice 1:1 recruiting to foster long-term partnerships between our nurses. We also offer competitive pay packages, day 1 health insurance, 401k company match, unlimited bonuses, and additional perks vary per assignment (transportation, housing, rental cars).

To jump-start, the process, complete your travel nurse application. This will give your travel nurse recruiter the ability to immediately present you with available opportunities. 

To learn more about travel nursing in our eBook: How to Secure Your First Travel Nurse Assignment. 

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