What is a Travel Nurse?

What is a Travel Nurse?

Travel nurses fill staffing gaps at hospitals and facilities for periods of eight to 13-weeks to longer, interacting with patients in the same way as the facility’s permanent staff. 

Traveling nurses can work in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, private practices, clinics and other healthcare facilities.

Likewise, travel nurses are needed in number of specialties. Although, some nursing specialties are more sought after than others; for example, ICU, ER, L&D, NICU, OR and t\Tele.

Benefits of Travel Nursing

If you’ve ever wondered how you could make the most of your nursing education and experience, while also seeing the country, then travel nursing is for you.

The benefits of travel nursing extend way beyond the opportunity to travel to new and exciting places throughout the U.S.

Some additional travel nursing benefits include: career advancement, access to competitive pay and benefits, work/life balance, professional experience, work freedom and flexibility.

How to Become a Travel Nurse

Typically, travel nursing agencies require a minimum of one-year of nursing experience in order to apply to become a travel nurse.

Standard travel nursing requirements also include, graduate certificate from an accredited nursing program in the U.S. or Canada, valid license or certification and proof of your right to work in the U.S.

Additional requirements may be necessary depending on your nursing specialty, the facility or unit. For example, some facilities require travel nurses to complete certain certifications prior to beginning their assignment.

Steps to Becoming a Travel Nurse

Ready to explore the exciting world of travel nursing? makes it easy—all it takes is a few minutes!

We work directly with the most respected, tenured travel nursing companies in the industry to provide nursing job seekers with the best travel nursing jobs.

Below are simple steps on how to become a travel nurse:   

Step 1: Fill out the quick application here or complete the form to the right. 

Step 2: A friendly travel nursing recruiter from one of our trusted partners will reach out to you to discuss your personal/professional goals, location preferences, employment background and more. 

Step 3: Next, you’ll interview with a facility that matches your needs. This is your time to shine and ask questions about the facility and job details to ensure it’s a good fit for you. 

Step 4: Once you’ve found your ideal travel nursing job, you’ll work with your recruiter to gather all the necessary documents, make housing arrangements and more. 

Step 5: Enjoy your travel nursing assignment!  

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