Hey there all, I just wanted to post a general thread about the basics of travel nursing for all those people who want to consider it. I know I asked a lot of questions when I was considering traveling and I see that a lot of others are too - I think this thread will be helpful to all those who might want to consider travel nursing full time.
First, if you are interesting in travel nursing, why are you considering it?? What reasons are the most important to you?? For me, I want to see the country and have some adventures. Pay is not as important to me, but it is still important. Having figured out what you want out of travel nursing, you can begin to interview companies to see which one can best give you what you want. There are A LOT of companies out there, just see some of the other posts here asking for information on them!!
Once you decide on a company, you will (of course) have a lot of paperwork to fill out before you get to your first assignment. In deciding on a company, be sure to evaluate the recruiter you are assigned to - they can make or break your experience with this company, and you will be working with them closely to determine which assignments will be best for you... Make sure that your recruiter is someone that you want to work with.
After you get all the paperwork filled out, your recruiter will submit a packet with your information to several hospitals in the area that you want to work in. You will have to interview with the managers of the individual units to determine if you are a good fit for their unit, and if they are a good fit for your previous work experience. The hospital will probably give you a week of orientation, although this varies from hospital to hospital. Since you will be expected to hit the floor running, they expect you to know what you are doing before you ever get there.
Jul 27, '07
Once you and the hospital decide that you are going to work there, you will talk to your recruiter about pay rate, any extra compensation (ie for travel, getting your license in that state, etc) and finalize your contract. You will sign it and be off!!
The company should pay for an apartment and basic housing package for you - be sure to ask if this includes a television as this may or may not be included. You should pack linens, kitchen items, scrubs, alarm clock, copies of all papers that might be needed for this assignment.....hobby items, reminders of home etc.
A contract can last as short a period as 4 weeks and as long as 13-26 weeks. The standard seems to be 13 weeks, but keep in mind that the hospital may ask you to renew for up to 1 year before you should consider becoming staff or moving on to another assignment.
One thing that has helped me - BEING ORGANIZED!!! I have to keep my things in order so that I can find them quickly both at the hospital and at home.
When you are orienting, remember to be flexible, give yourself time to adjust, be kind to the staff....
Hope that helps all you out there who might be considering travel nursing.
Those who are already traveling, please help me fill in any gaps I might have left out, or tips that you have gathered in your time out there.
PLEASE KEEP RECRUITER INFORMATION OFF THIS THREAD OR IT WILL BE TAKEN AWAY. This website prohibits users from posting recruiter information!
Last edit by Diary/Dairy on Jul 30, '07
: Reason: update.