How Do I Become a Travel Nurse?
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So you’re asking yourself how do i become a travel nurse. You’ve heard of the great pay and the flexible time off. But you want to know how to get the process started.
Not Everyone Is a Travel Nurse
Preparing for a travel nursing job doesn’t start once you’re an experienced nurse… It doesn’t start once you’ve graduated nursing school… it starts when you’re born! Are you good with stressful situations? Are you resourceful? Travel nursing can present unique challenges and it takes a unique personality to handle them. When working with a recruiter towards gaining a travel nursing job, you can be without guaranteed employment for a period of time. You can be offered a travel nursing job that starts the next week and need to work on compliance abruptly the next few days as well as finding a living space at the same time. Contracts can shortened or in extreme situations cancelled. How would you react to any of these circumstances? Of course, you could never run into these situations but being ready for any situation is a sure fire way to be a successful travel nurse.
Make A Plan With a Recruiter
We all have a plan of how our life is going to go. And then we find ourselves in places we never imagined. While it’s good to have input on areas or realistic compensation expectations. Having a dead set plan with no room for improvisation can cause hardships for yourself and the recruiter. So let’s try to avoid that and have a realistic conversation with yourself of what you’re expecting from an assignment. Negative things such as declined offers or submitting with multiple agencies to the same assignment can affect your employ-ability later. In some extreme instances, you can be overlooked for travel nursing jobs by a health care system forever.
If you truly are extremely flexible and open to different assignments, that’s a huge positive. Commonly nurses end up in places they never imagined once they go over travel nursing jobs and areas they didn’t consider at first. Having no plan at all is okay, but only if you meet an experienced honest recruiter. An experienced travel nursing recruiter has a way of going over necessary information while also learning things about you as a person. Every recruiter is not the same. So developing your plan and ideas that’s right for you and then speaking with a recruiter is the best way to not waste yours or the recruiters time (they’re people too).
Whether you’re an established nurse looking to shake things up or you’re just starting a career as an RN, Travelnursingreport.com is here to help. Join our community of future and current travel nurses by clicking HERE
I’m Nate Shanklin and I was a Recruiter for Travel Nurses for over 3 years. I found there was an extreme lack of knowledge and transparency in the industry, so I took it upon myself to start Travel Nursing Report. A site where you can learn the details about travel nursing that commonly nurses are finding out as they go along and, more importantly, when it’s too late. My aim is to help all Travel Nurses gain an understanding of what to expect and how to maximize their career.