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What is my best approach to become a travel nurse?

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by chende chende (New) New

Hello, I've recently become interested in travel nursing, but am unsure how to begin. I assume I may need to get more experience before starting. I worked 6 months on a med surg floor and have worked the past two and a half years in long term care and with Alzheimer's/dementia patients. I'd rather not return to med surg, so I am considering applying for a job at a psychiatric facility near where I live. How long do you think I will need to work there in order to have enough experience to travel as a psych nurse? I am open to other specialties as well, but I feel like I already have some geriatric psych experience from working with dementia patients. If anyone has any ideas on what I should do, I would appreciate it;) thank you!

Two years.

jive turkey

Specializes in A variety. Has 9 years experience.

I'm not an expert on psych but I wouldn't consider geri psych in the same class of other psych units where you got the SI, bipolar, antisocial, schizophrenia etc.

I could be wrong though Why not apply as a traveler now at an LTC/SNF? You already have 2.5 years experience to get you in the door. If you're thinking of changing Specialties you're going to need a minimum of one year to be considered for travel position. What if, like m/s you discover you don't like it?

Are there travel nurse positions in LTC/SNF? I tried to look it up, but couldn't really find any.

jive turkey

Specializes in A variety. Has 9 years experience.

Are there travel nurse positions in LTC/SNF? I tried to look it up, but couldn't really find any.

Yes there are, perhaps not through the agency you're searching with but I found some easy

Lots of LTC jobs, but most agencies don't get them. Large agencies are your ticket to LTC travel. American Mobile, Cross County, RN Network, Supplemental for example.

Are there travel nurse positions in LTC/SNF? I tried to look it up, but couldn't really find any.

Yes. A whole lot