As a new nursing graduate, it is an exciting time to explore all avenues the field of nursing has to offer. If you are a healthcare professional that seeks new opportunities, working with diverse patient populations, and competitive pay, a career as a traveling nurse may be for you!
There are many benefits to becoming a traveling nurse. Here are some of the best ones.
Great Pay: A career as a traveling nurse offers very competitive pay, often much higher than a traditional nursing job. In addition to salary, traveling nurses have many tax-free reimbursements available, such as housing, meals, and licensure fees.
Great Benefits: The benefits of travelling are endless, but standard benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance. Additionally, CoreMedical Group provides 401K matching (up to 6 percent), multiple vendor discounts like Verizon Wireless and AT&T Wireless, and even pet insurance!
Getting Paid to Travel: CoreMedical Group has opportunities in all fifty states, and there’s nothing stopping you from visiting as many or as few as you like. As a traveling nurse, you will be able to work in various facilities, experiencing diverse cultures and new communities.
Further Your Clinical Knowledge: With each position you accept, you will immerse yourself in a new hospital system and patient population. Travel nursing new graduates get to experience many clinical situations they may not have otherwise experienced if they remained at the same facility for an extended period.
Further Your Clinical Career: Each new facility and practice will add to your repertoire of clinical knowledge and strengthen your clinical abilities. Within the travel nurse job description is the opportunity to make yourself a highly desired nurse to have on any clinical team.
If this sounds like a career path that may interest you, then keep reading to learn about the degree, licensing, and experience requirements needed to become a traveling nurse.
Degree and Licensing Requirements
Traveling nurses require a degree from an accredited nursing program that grants them LPN or RN licensure. In addition to obtaining an LPN or RN license, all traveling nurses need NCLEX certification. NCLEX certification allows nurses to apply for licensure in the state they will work. If you are interested in travel nursing, you should also consider obtaining a Nurse Licensure Compact. Nurse Licensure Compacts allow RNs to work in other states that have agreed to the terms of the NLC.
Experience is a must for traveling nurses! We recommend at least one year of experience before you become a travel nurse. This year will allow you the time to apply what you have learned in the classroom to a real-life setting. It will also allow you time to strengthen your confidence in your clinical capabilities and learn various EHR and record keeping systems.
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