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Travel Nursing Basics

Author : Sally Ryan


The demand for nurses is a worldwide phenomenon. Healthcare professionals are not evenly distributed across the globe. There are many areas that do not have enough nurses to fill local health care demands. In response, the travel nursing industry was born and is prospering.
Unfilled nursing positions in the United States and around the world are posted with travel nursing agencies. These agencies help nurse applicants with the paperwork and licensing required to secure a travel nursing position. They negotiate salary and benefits and prepare a contract between employer and nurse; subsidized housing can often be secured through the agency. The average travel nurse also enjoys excellent medical and dental benefits.
Applying for a position as a travel nurse requires a tedious amount of registration paperwork and documentation. It is therefore wise to sign up with a travel nursing agency which will help with the job search, contract negotiation and paperwork. The agency will become your best friend, giving you all the necessary details regarding the nursing position and requirements.
Travel nursing positions are usually 13 weeks in duration, although that may vary with special circumstances. A travel nurse can work in 4 different healthcare settings a year, or sometimes can opt to extend at a particularly favorable position. It is therefore important that a travel nurse be flexible, with the ability to rapidly adjust to new working environments.
Another important characteristic of a good travel nurse is the appreciation of different peoples and customs. For international travel nurses, living in a foreign country can pose its own set of problems in day to day living. Most countries do not have as many conveniences as households in the United States and the lack of a refrigerator/freezer large enough to hold more than a day’s food can be a challenge. Language can be a barrier to social integration, making life as a travel nurse lonely at times.
Travel nurse positions are temporary; therefore, it is not necessary to permanently move away from family and friends. A return to a permanent position is always possible at the end of any travel nursing contract. However, if you are a nurse and the travel bug lives within you, a career as travel nurse can be a unique and rewarding experience.
If you are interested in becoming a travel nurse, read the other travel nurse articles posted on this and other websites so you will be prepared to make an educated decision before you jump into the travel nursing industry.


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