Exploring A Career In Travel Nursing? Make Sure You’re Qualified First!

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Exploring A Career In Travel Nursing? Make Sure You’re Qualified First!

Cross Country TravCorps
January 25, 2017 16:01 PM (EST)
Traveler Tips
Are you a nurse who’s interested in a career change?
If you want to shake things up while continuing to work in the healthcare industry, you may want to consider travel nursing. But before you get too excited and start packing your bags, it’s in your best interest to learn about all the professional requirements to become a travel nurse. Here are some of the many qualifications you’ll need to have in order to successfully pursue a travel nursing career.


While travel nursing may not be for nurses who have just graduated with their degrees. Nurses who have a year or two of experience and are actively pursuing to take their career to the next level are perfect for travel nursing opportunities. When applying for a particular opportunity, make sure you read the job description thoroughly and understand if you are qualified for the position based on your experience level.

Necessary Certifications

In addition to professional experience, you must have a current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification, as well as other certifications like Advanced Cardio Life Support (ACLS) depending on your specialty’s specific requirements. And, while travel nurses are not required to have a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), many hospitals prefer travel nurses with undergraduate degrees. If you’re serious about travel nursing, it’s a good idea to obtain a BSN and certification in your specialty area in the early stages of your career, as this will give you a competitive advantage in the hiring process over other candidates.

State Licensure

Once you have been cleared for travel nursing and have gone through the application process, you will have to obtain a nursing license for the state you’ll be traveling to for your assignment. If your home state is part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), then you will automatically be allowed to travel to multiple states without having to obtain a new license. However, if your home state is not part of NLC, you will have to go through the process of obtaining either a permanent or temporary license for each state you’re assigned in your travels.
Though these qualifications may seem overwhelming, remember that your recruiter will be able to help you through each part of the travel nursing process. Travel nursing is an exciting option for nurses who have already navigated a traditional nursing job. Educating yourself about the qualifications for travel nursing early in your career will help you plan ahead for your future and gain exposure to diverse nursing opportunities.

Do you want to learn more about a career in travel nursing?

Get in touch today with Cross Country TravCorps and let our talent acquisition specialists answer all your questions!

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