Basic travel nursing info

  1. I am currently still in nursing school. I have heard about travel nursing and I am looking for some basic information about it!

    Is there a preferred experience requirement?
    Which nursing specialties traveling nurses needed for?
    How do you go about picking an agency that is right for you?
    How long are typical contracts with travel agencies?
    How long are typical travel assignments?
    And any other information you have to offer....

    Thanks!! I appreciate the help!!
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  3. by   vanlo001
    Is there a preferred experience requirement? At least one year of experience on hospital in the specialty area they are looking for. I'd recommend at least 2 years of experience because travel nursing is not easy. You need to quickly assimilate to a new facility with minimal orientation.
    Which nursing specialties traveling nurses needed for? All specialties. Med surg is a strong base. But virtually every specialty is needed at different times.
    How do you go about picking an agency that is right for you? I would apply to several companies and go with the company that offers the contract where you want to go or with the terms you find attractive. Different companies offer different packages but basically thet are all very similar. Travel companies are paid to provide experienced qualified nurses out of this money a certain amount goes to the traveler as salary. One big question to ask is are your shifts guarenteed. Sometimes in low census the traveler is first cancelled and if shifts aren't guarenteed they may be without pay. You want guarenteed shifts- this means your paid regardless of census.
    How long are typical contracts with travel agencies? 13 weeks. They can be anywhere from 8 weeks to 26 weeks and you may extend if they ask you to extend.
    How long are typical travel assignments? Your contract is only as long as your travel assignment. Once you complete your contract you may go with another agency, sign on for a permanent staff
    And any other information you have to offer....
  4. by   klone
    There are several links at the top of the forum that have tons of info.

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