I wanted to echo everyone saying at least 2 years of solid experience. In all the advertisements- they show these 20 something girls running off to have the time of their lives. I think most travel nurses are 30 somethings or older.
I am doing an assignment now, it is my first one, and I like it, but the orientation time is so fast, and a person has to be assertive- like to send a patient to the OR- we didn't do that in my orientation, so I have to find the charge and insist on some guidance- but I already KNOW how to send a patient to generic OR (gown only, IVs intact and in hand, consent form signed, or checklist etc etc), I just need to get forms from the charge and find out if there is any wierd things I gotta do to get them to this OR.
I had 3 years of experience before traveling, and sometimes I wonder if even that was enough.