Ever wanted to become a travel nurse, but weren’t sure how to do it? Travel nurses are in high demand – they have some of the most comprehensive knowledge of hospital systems of any nurse type.
Not only do you get the benefits of going to new places, but travel nurses gain invaluable and varied professional experience wherever the jobs take them. They go into a new facility about every 6 weeks and pick up knowledge as they travel to new hospitals.
Here’s how to become a travel nurse:
1.) Become a registered nurse by attending a four-year nursing school in a hospital, two-year Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program followed by a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN), or a four-year BSN, plus any certifications required of your specialty.
2.) Pass a National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to be licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (PN) so that standards are maintained across states, while also keeping up with your required Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to renew your license every two years.
3.) Obtain the required nursing experience, typically a minimum of one year (ideally two years) in your specialty at a hospital. Consider gaining this experience in a state that participates in the Nurse Licensure Compact and within an in-demand field, such as ICU, ER, or cath lab.
4.) Maintain a legitimate tax home in order to qualify for the tax-free reimbursements so you won’t have to pay income taxes on your annual return based on your compensation. The government will allow you to earn tax-free money if the location of the employer warrants an overnight stay.
You don’t have to be a travel nurse to work at new hospitals, though. Per diem nurses work in the same roles as travel nurses, and they don’t have to travel – they are able to work at local hospitals where nursing shortages are the norm – not the exception.
If travel nursing appeals to you, but you’d rather not have to travel all the time, then connectRN might be for you. You can pick up local nursing shifts at area hospitals and work on your own terms – with complete flexibility and no contracts. We’re a company built by nurses, and we go to great lengths to train and ensure that our nurses are ready to walk into our providers with full confidence.
Setting up a free account on connectRN is quick, where you can house all your professional documentation and create a profile that includes your specialty, then sign up to receive push notifications when shifts are posted in your desired area without the hassle of a contract, shift limits, traditional agencies, or late-night calls.