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Nursing Careers - How To Become A Travel Nurse

By: Brent McNutt | Mar 9 2009 | 508 words | 2643 hits

Travel nursing is one of the many options that registered nurses in their discount landau scrubs can pursue as a career, although it is not for everyone. To become a travel nurse, you have to be a registered nurse or a licensed practical or vocational nurse with good standing and at least one year nursing experience. Instead of a hospital employing you, a Travel Nursing Agency will help you get travel assignments which usually last for as little as three weeks to as long as twenty-six weeks, and averaging at about thirteen weeks per assignment. Travel nurses are usually needed when there is a shortage of nurses in a hospital or someone in the nursing staff has to take a leave.

Choosing your agent well

If you have decided to become a travel nurse, you should think about which places you wish to visit and work in and for how long. All 50 states in the US employ travel nurses but the states that have the most opportunities are Florida, Arizona, and California. Once you've shortlisted your preferences of places to work in, you can go ahead and look around for a travel nursing agency t help you become a travel nurse. Choosing the right travel nursing agency is very important because they will be the one to arrange your contracts, recruit you for an assignment, and assist you in finding housing. Thus, you should choose a travel agency that is a good fit for you. There are different kinds of agencies with different strategies to attract prospective travel nurses. Some offer benefits packages, a wide range of perks, and referral bonuses. There are agencies that do all the work for you while some will require you to do some leg work yourself. Some of the necessary legwork involving documents and licensing to become a travel nurse can be very taxing. One example is that you are required to have a nursing license for each state where you wish to work. Some agencies will help you with securing your licenses while others will simply give you an instruction and expect you to do the work yourself. What is great is that you can sign up with more than one travel nursing agencies so that you can better assess which agency is best suitable for you. Along the way, you can simply drop the agency that is not to your liking or you can simply change at will.

Getting licenses from different states

Different states may have different licensing requirements. Some may require fingerprints while others do not and some may take a couple of days to process while others may take weeks. There are some states that are part of a national coalition that agrees for nurses who have what is called a "compact license" work in any of the states which subscribe to the "compact agreement." However, there are currently only about 1/3 of the states that subscribe to this policy. If your state is part of the compact agreement, you can simply use this license to work in other compact states.


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Brent McNutt enjoys talking about discount landau scrubs and discount urbane scrubs as well as networking with healthcare professionals online.
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