Interested in travel nursing

  1. I'm a second year nursing student and I have a strong interest in travel nursing because I love to travel and I have done research on it and I think it's pretty neat. I have a couple of questions though such as where is a good place to start looking for an agency, and if I'm practicing in a another state would I have to retake the NCLEX in that state, also I'm curious about what its like? Thanks!
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  3. by   uglykitty1
    I have been a nurse but im in same boat have question over agency and getting started
  4. by   gsusavz
    You should only have to take the NCLEX one time, once you have your RN you can transfer from state to state by endorsement. If you have a compact license you will be good in all conpact states without endorsement.

    Travel nursing is a lot of fun, you get to travel, make good money, met great people and have a varied exposure to nursing. You will have to have 1-2 years of experience as an RN in the specialty you want to travel in. I also recommend you get any/all credentials (BLS,ACLS,NRP,PALS,TNCC,ENPC CEN for ER) this will make you more "marketable" to a larger specturm of hospitals.

    Make sure you research you company before you travel, decide what is important to you, is it housing, benefits, are you traveling with a pet, souse or child? Make sure your company will be able and willing to accomidate your needs.

    Have Fun!
  5. by   Azure1213
    [quote=gsusavz;4715997].

    Travel nursing is a lot of fun, you get to travel, make good money, met great people and have a varied exposure to nursing. You will have to have 1-2 years of experience as an RN in the specialty you want to travel in. I also recommend you get any/all credentials (BLS,ACLS,NRP,PALS,TNCC,ENPC CEN for ER) this will make you more "marketable" to a larger specturm of hospitals.
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    Thanks for tips! Just wondering what are the credentials you mentioned and how do i earn them?
  6. by   gsusavz
    BLS-Basic Life Support (CPR)
    ACLS-Advanced Cardiac Life Support
    PALS-Pediatric Advanced Life Support
    TNCC-Trauma Nursing Core Curriculum

    CEN-Certified Emergency Room Nurse

    BLS,ACLS,PALS are all AHA course that can be found and scheduled and most hospitals, and can be helpful for your basic knowledge base.

    TNCC is taught by ENA and is specific to ER so if you have no plans to go to ER don't worry

    CEN-You can only get this after working in ER for two years or so and testing, so you don't need to think about this now. And never if you don't want to be an ER RN.

    Each specialty has its would credentials, I have only been ER so it is realy all I have info on. Good luck.

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