5 Tips to Start Your Travel Nursing Career

5 Tips to Start Your Travel Nursing Career
As the name suggests, a travel nurse is a licensed healthcare professional who performs many short-term assignments that require travel. Usually coordinated by a traveling nurse agency, registered nurses (RN) and licensed practical nurses (LPN) are matched to staffing needs at hospitals, doctors’ offices, clinics, or any institution requiring nursing services. Individual assignments typically last between 2 to 24 weeks but vary depending on the needs of the medical facility.


Travel nursing is getting more and more popular in the industry, especially during the pandemic. Many nurses found this path has invaluable benefits. They can visit places around the country while earning a decent income. The distance and time to travel for each assignment are also determined by them. Their affiliated agencies provide accommodation and travel during the assignment. Many nurses even have the chance to travel with their friends.


This type of work is really attractive, right? Here are 5 tips for you on how to become a travel nurse:


Become an expert in your field. The majority of travel nurses already served in a healthcare institution for many years when they decide to start their travel nursing career. Only those who possess extensive experience will be in departments such as surgery, pediatrics, ICU, or CCU.


Apply for a license. If you want to work in Canada you must obtain licensure from the College of the province you are traveling to.


Find a reliable staffing agency to arrange your assignments. There are many staffing agencies in the industry that claim they are qualified to arrange your assignment. At Goodwill Staffing & Recruitment, we understand that your skills and expertise as a travel nurse are in high demand and as such have an excellent in-house team that can match your skills and experiences with the right travel opportunities for you.


Record and file all the proof of qualifications. Filing documents such as the valid work permit, certifications and the temporary contract somewhere you have easy access is extremely important when you work on assignments.


Build good relationships within the industry. Let all your nurse friends know that you want to become a travel nurse. Therefore, when their hospitals have openings for short-term nursing staff, they will think of you.


These are the major steps to how Canadian nurses can become travel nurses. If you like challenges and enjoy meeting different people, travel nursing is such a pleasant job that you cannot miss. At Goodwill Staffing & Recruitment, we take delight in creating an inclusive and rewarding travel nursing experience for you.


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January 25, 2024

Hi, I am very interested in Travel Nursing and would love to learn more about opportunities to explore more of my nursing career even more.

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