Travel Nursing

What it Takes to Become a Traveling Nurse

A travel nurse works temporary shifts nationally and internationally. These shifts can be as little as 4 to 13 weeks in local hospitals or as long as 1-2 years if working overseas. Travel nurses perform the same types of duties as other nurses. Travel nursing is appealing to nurses who enjoy a constant change of scenery, a wide variety of patients and healthcare challenges, and benefits like paid housing and transportation.

Preparation Path

  • EARN YOUR NURSING DIPLOMA, ASN, OR BSN
  • PASS YOUR NCLEX AND BECOME AN RN
  • APPLY TO A NURSING AGENCY
  • BEGIN WORK AS A TRAVELĀ  NURSE

$60,000 - $85,000

Annual Salary Range

Typical Tasks

  • Treating illnesses, diseases, wounds and disabilities
  • Administering pain management procedures and medications
  • Working one-on-one with patients and their families
  • Developing ongoing treatment plans
  • Supplementing the nursing staff at healthcare facilities in need

Education Requirements

Nursing Diploma, ASN, or BSN

Employment Settings

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Outpatient facilities
  • Usually work for a nursing agency

Certification

RN