Traveler Tips//November 24, 2021

How to Start Travel Nursing: Your First Two Steps


How to Start Travel Nursing

Honestly? If you’ve been nursing for at least two years and have a desire to make more money and have new experiences – then that’s really all you need.

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How to Start Travel Nursing: Step #1

A Travel Nurse Agency

Your first step is to find a travel nurse agency to work with as they’ll do all the heavy lifting for you and most healthcare organizations only hire through travel nurse agencies – so this is your best bet at securing consistent work.

The travel nurse agency will work with you to match your skills and experience to open traveling positions throughout the country.

​If you’re mostly interested in traveling to the coolest places throughout the country (like Los Angeles, California, for example) then you’ll want to choose a larger travel nurse agency that has contracts in all 50 states.

​If you’re more interested in making as much money as possible, you’ll want to choose a smaller agency that focuses on a specific area of the country – they tend to have better relationships with their hospitals – and offer higher rates of pay.

What can Next Move can do you for you, what kinds of assignments do we have in your speciality? Reach out to us today! 

How to Start Travel Nursing: Step #2

A Valid License and/or a Nursing Compact License

How to start travel nursing? Worried about having a license in a different state? Many states have a Nursing Licensure Compact (NLC), meaning if you have a license in one of those states – it’s good in the rest of the states that are under the NLC. There are currently 34 states that participate!

​If you’re offered a position in a state in which you do not hold a license and they’re not part of the NLC, your travel nurse agency may also help you with getting licensure.

How to Get a Nursing Compact License. It’s not as difficult as you might think!

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