How Does Travel Nursing Work?

If you’re interested in becoming a travel nurse, you might wonder how it works.

Nurse staffing shortages in medical facilities happen for many different reasons. For example, flu season might create more demand in clinics and hospitals, or full-time nurses might be off work for a period of time for things like health issues or personal reasons. Whatever the case, travel nurses fill in the nurse staffing gaps during these times.

When a facility needs a travel nurse, they typically work with a travel nursing agency. This relationship is important because it helps outsource a lot of the work of finding the right candidate for the position and allows specialized travel nurse recruiters to take the lead in finding the right nurse for the role.

At AHS NurseStat, we think finding the right person for the right opportunity is important. So, when you connect with us for travel nursing jobs, we take time to understand what your needs and wants are. Once we know your goals, we get to work to make them happen. Our recruiters help find the ideal assignment for you.

Then, you travel to the location and begin your assignment. Most assignments are around 13 weeks but can be longer or shorter. Typically, orientations are short to help you get the lay of the land and the facility’s specific procedures, rather than learning about patient care practices. That’s why we require a minimum of two years of experience in your specialty so we can help you be successful as a travel nurse.

When you’re a travel nurse, we offer great compensation and benefits packages and provide you with completely free, fully furnished, and private housing, or a competitive housing stipend if you prefer.

Our recruiters check in with you when you’re on an active assignment (and even when you’re not) to make sure you’re doing okay and your needs are being met. Once your contract ends, you can take some time between assignments or start right away on your next one.

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Becoming a Travel Nurse

When you’re ready to become a travel nurse, all you have to do is connect with our team at AHS NurseStat. We can help you find the perfect assignment to get you started and help you complete all the licensing and compliance steps you need before the assignment begins. We help you find new assignments after previous ones end and check in with you regularly to see how you’re doing and if there’s anything we can do to help. Our team cares about you and is here to help make a difference for you so you can make a difference for patients and communities!

We want to set you up for success as a travel nurse, so we do have some requirements to make sure our nurses are a great fit for open opportunities. All our nurses must have at least two years of experience and be fully credentialed. We also conduct interviews, background checks, and licensure/compliance verification. Then, we help you get the freedom and flexibility you’re looking for by tailoring your travel nursing assignments and experience to your goals!

If you’re interested in becoming a travel nurse, reach out to one of our recruiters or search through our job board today.