Travel Nurse Careers
What Is a Travel Nurse?
What Do Travel Nurses Do?
Where Do Travel Nurses Work?
How To Become a Travel Nurse
How Much Do Traveling Nurses Make?
Frequently Asked Questions About Travel Nursing
Most domestic assignments start at 13 weeks, according to Mockelstrom. Many health care facilities are flexible on contracts and offer the ability to extend them. International assignments tend to be longer—usually one or two years.
Staffing agencies often offer two options for housing: placement through the company or a housing stipend. Stipends depend on the cost of living in an area and can differ between staffing agencies, according to the health care networking platform BluePipes.
There are a few more steps to entering international travel nursing. International travel nurses must have a working knowledge of the language in the country in which they wish to work. Before traveling, travel nurses must secure licensure and certification in their host country, as well as work permits and other documentation needed to work abroad. While domestic assignments often have a short period of time before assignments begin, it can help international travel nurses to arrive early in their host country to learn more about the culture of the area in which they will be living and working.
Travel nurses can often extend their assignments. If travel nurses wish to stay permanently at the hospital to which they are assigned, they should check first for non-compete clauses in the contract with their nurse staffing agency.
The travel nurse market waxes and wanes in demand, but specialties that are often in demand regardless of market conditions include critical care, labor and delivery, neonatal and pediatric intensive care, medical-surgical, and operating room nurses.
Sometimes. Staffing agencies can often arrange for travel nurses to find housing with their families and/or pets. And travel nurses can independently seek housing with additional space for family members.