What is a Travel Nurse?

What is a Travel Nurse?

When healthcare facilities experience staffing shortages, they hire travel nurses to fill positions temporarily. 

Travel nurses can work in a facility anywhere from eight to 13 weeks, depending on the needs of the facility.

So what do travel nurses do? Traveling nurses fulfill the same duties as permanent staff members. Popular travel nursing specialties include, OR, ER, ICU, L&D and more.

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Travel Nursing Benefits

What are the benefits of travel nursing? From career advancement to higher pay-rates, there’s a lot more to travel nursing than just traveling. Check out some more travel nurse benefits below.

  • Travel the U.S.: For some people, the “travel” part of travel nursing is enough to trigger excitement. From sunny beaches to bustling cities, you can choose to travel anywhere in the U.S.
  • Earn More: Thanks to high demand, travel nurses earn competitive pay, benefits and perks, such as free housing and travel reimbursement.
  • Advance your Career: Travel nursing is also the perfect way to build experience and skills with unique jobs in a wide variety of practice settings.
  • Greater Work/Life Balance: You're free to explore a new destination every few months, and take as much time as needed between assignments.
  • Travel-free Travel Nursing: Want to stay close to home? Travel nursing doesn’t always mean you have to travel far. Search for local travel nursing jobs in cities near you.

How to Become a Travel Nurse

Step 1: Complete our Online Application. First, fill out our quick travel nursing application or fill out the form to the right.

Step 2: Talk to a Nurse Recruiter. Next, you'll speak to one of our friendly, experienced travel nurse recruiters to discuss your personal goals, location preferences, background, skill set, availability, and more.

Step 3: Interview. This is your chance to ask questions about the hospital, your duties, and whether the assignment will be a good fit for you.

Step 4: Acceptance & Documentation. Once we find you the perfect job match, your recruiter will start the transition process, which includes:

  • Gathering all necessary documents
  • Making housing arrangements
  • Coordinating pre-employment compliance forms
  • Providing day-one instructions for your new travel nursing job

Step 5: Let’s Roll! You’re ready to begin — it's that simple! Remember, your Onward recruiter is with you every step of the way to answer any questions you have while on assignment.

Interested in exploring travel nursing jobs with Onward Healthcare? Fill out our online application here, or call (800) 544-7255 today.

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