Travel Nursing Job Tips and Information

Everything travel nurses need to know about travel nursing jobs, including how to find them and what to expect while working them.

Tips for Managing Travel Nursing References

References are the third and final component of the standard submission profile required to be considered for a travel nursing job. Again, it’s possible that certain hospitals require more, but the vast majority of hospitals will require a job application, skills checklist, and references. Together, these items make up a travel nurse’s submission profile. As a result, maintaining your references is extremely important. It’s also important for seeking permanent nursing jobs so these tips will come in handy during your permanent job searches as well. Read more

Securing a Travel Nursing Job – Your Submission Profile Part 2: The Skills Checklist

What is a Travel Nursing Skills Checklist

A skills checklist is a self assessment tool designed to give hiring managers and travel nursing agencies a solid understanding of a candidate’s experience within a specific nursing specialty. Skills checklists can be formatted differently, but they are all quite similar. They typically ask candidates to rate their level of experience with various processes, procedures, and equipment that are commonly utilized within the unit or specialty in question.

Some skills checklists also ask the candidate to signify the amount of recent experience they’ve had with the various processes, procedures, and equipment. For example, they may ask the candidate to rate the amount of exposure they’ve had within the last 2 years. Along with a travel nursing job application and references, skills checklists have become a standard requirement for travel  nursing assignment consideration. All together, these 3 items comprise what is known in the industry as your “Submission Profile.” Read more

Securing a Travel Nursing Assignment – Your Submission Profile Part 1: The Application

Travel Nursing Submission Profile

Once you have determined which travel nursing cmpaines that you’re going to work with, you’ll almost certainly be requested to complete each agency’s on-line employment application as well as their skills checklists for the specialties that you’re qualified for. There’s a very good reason for this. The vast majority of hospitals that utilize travel nurses have a minimum set of items that they require companies to submit in order to even consider a candidate for a travel nursing job. As the industry has matured, these requirements have become pretty much uniform throughout the country. It is standard for hospitals to require an Application, Skills Checklist, and 2 recent references in order to even consider the candidate for open jobs. These items constitute the candidate’s “Submission Profile.” In this series, we’ll discuss the importance of each item and offer tips and tricks to deal with them efficiently and successfully. Read more

Is Travel Nursing Right for You – Advantages and Disadvantages, Qualifications and Expectations

Advantages of Travel Nursing

Travel nursing can be very rewarding for those who are up for it. You’ll have the opportunity to travel and immerse yourself in some great cities and towns throughout the country. You’ll meet great people and be exposed to new cultural experiences. You’ll gain valuable work experience that would most likely take you years to gain if you were to work in any one location. You’ll be able to take more time off throughout the year should you choose to do so. You can use travel nursing to quickly depart from a bad permanent working situation. You can use it to visit remote friends and family for extended periods. You can use it to test out new potential employers to see first hand if they may be a fit for you as a permanent member of their team. Read more

Deciding Where to Travel as a Travel Nurse

Deciding where to travel as a travel nurse seems simple on the surface. Maybe you have family in a particular location so you’d like to find a travel nursing job there. Maybe you’ve always wanted to see Alaska or Hawaii so you’d like to find jobs in those places. You are certainly welcome and able to approach your decision with these ideas at the forefront, but I recommend a more logical approach due to logistical issues. Read more

Travel Nursing Companies – How Many Should You Work With

I often see travel nurses and recruiters debate whether or not travel nurses should work with multiple agencies. The simple answer is Yes! You should work with several agencies. In my opinion, you should work with at least 3 agencies, more if you intend to travel the country far and wide. In fact, for best results, you should work with as many agencies as you can possibly handle. Read more

Travel Nursing Companies – Their relationships with hospitals matter, Part 1

It’s useful for travel nurses to be informed about hospital-agency relationships. Remember, a travel nursing company can only work with a hospital if it has a contract to do so. These contracts exist under several different arrangements. Each arrangement results in different outcomes for the hospital, the agency, and the travel nurse. There are essentially two relationship categories, Direct Relationships and Vendor Management Service relationships. Read more