HOW DOES TRAVEL NURSING WORK, EXACTLY?
At OneStaff Medical we pride ourselves in trying to be a source of information and support for travel nurses in all phases of their career. Today we want to spend a little time answering a very important question for those of you who are at the very beginning of your travel nursing journey.
If you’re new to the idea of travel nursing, our What Exactly Is Travel Nursing? blog can be your baseline resource for the information you need. But let’s pretend for a moment that you understand what travel nursing is and now you want to know more about how it works from a nuts-and-bolts perspective.
This blog can help. So, let’s discuss.
Choosing a staffing agency
Spoiler alert: Yes, we are a staffing agency, so this may seem biased, but trust us, finding the right staffing agency is really important if you’re going to start travel nursing. There are a lot of questions that come with this line of work, and your staffing agency will handle most of them, including: what areas are looking for nurses, what qualifications you need to work in those areas and how pay and benefits stack up.
Yes, it’s good to have that information at your fingertips.
Partnering with a staffing agency can be as simple as contacting them and telling them a bit about yourself. Some agencies have mandates on how many years you must have worked in the profession before they will work with you. Others may only have jobs for RNs, not LPNs, so it’s good to figure these things out ahead of time.
Once you partner with your agency, they can help you find jobs that appeal to you based on where you want to go. It’s important to note, however, that you’ll still have to interview for these positions. This interview is usually done over the phone, or it can be done via Skype as well.
If the interview goes well and you are hired, then you’re on your way. From there we get into the practical concerns such as housing, benefits, etc. The good news here is your staffing agency can help. Many agencies offer housing as part of their contract, and they’ll outline your pay and benefits for you, too. They can even help you obtain an out-of-state license if you need one to practice in a given area.
That’s the crux of it. First you must decide that you are interested in travel nursing. After that, it’s time to find the best staffing agency for you. Find one that appeals to your needs and answers your questions, and your travel nursing career will be on its way before you know it.