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- by kodocha77 Apr 15, '12Hello! I'm a fairly new nurse (8 months in) and I was wondering how much experience I need if I'd like to travel. Also, do you have to work on a med surg unit? I'm a spinal cord injury nurse and wonder if that would stop agencies from hiring me to travel...:s
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- Apr 16, '12 by KelRN215There is a travel nurse forum here and I am not a traveler but I believe that you generally need 2 years. You don't have to have med-surg experience... someone I used to work with is becoming a traveler next month and her only experience was peds neuro for 5 years. We've had travelers on my floor who've only ever worked on specialty units. Your experience may dictate what assignments you get but I don't think it will prevent you from traveling. I could be wrong though, as I am not a travel nurse.
- Apr 16, '12 by Been there,done thatI had 27 years of experience when I started to travel.
It's difficult to hit the floor running with very little orientation.
It 's doable though. I would imagine that you would need at least one year experience and spinal cord injury nursing would be highly desirable.
Check out the travel nurse specialty forum here and start talking to recruiters.. it take a lot of time to set up your first travel assignment.
Good luck, keep us posted!
- Apr 16, '12 by OncRNMichelle[color=#00cc33]most companies want at least one year of medical experience before hiring you (from what i have seen anyway). i had nearly 2 years when i began traveling. it is difficult sometimes because they expect you to be able to hit the floor running. i, luckily, worked at some great hospitals and the transitions were pretty easy.