Which area/arena/specialty of Nursing is most needed in the Travel Nurse or Agency Nursing Industry? Is L/D or PP needed often? What is most needed?
I was thinking of doing travel nursing sometime but I need to know what specialty or experience is needed to do so.
From what I hear L&D and PP are the least needed in Travel Agencies. Although, there are a few openings once in a blue moon. Only one of the 5 hospitals in my area (the Northeast) has hired 1 L&D travel nurse in the last 10 years. Med/Surg is the way to go if you want to be a travel nurse. You'll definitely have your choice of places.
Usually a Travel Agency will take anyone who has had at least 1 year of Med/Surg nursing. I've also seen then take nurse with as little as 10 mos.
Last edit by Nemhain on Nov 5, '04
Most agencies, as well as even the hospital, require that the nurse's legal residence be at least 75 miles away to get the housing deduction. The biggest perk with travel is the housing allowance.
You can also get very good per diem contracts in your local area.
I wouldn't worry about whcih specialty to pick, but rather which one do you love the most. The other thing with agency or travel nursing is to be able to be very flexible.
Last edit by suzanne4 on Nov 7, '04