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Get Hired for the Travel Nursing Job You Want

To get hired for a travel nursing job, you need to know how to stand out ... make sure you get the right job at the right time!

How can you make sure you get that perfect assignment?

These are exciting times in travel nursing. Increasing numbers of experienced nurses want to take advantage of the high pay and benefits of travel nursing jobs. At the same time, health care employers are dealing with increased patient demand and tight budgets. As a result, many hospitals have turned to travelers to handle patient care and are finding themselves with access to qualified candidates across the country.

6. How to get chosen for your ideal travel nursing job

Q. What are hospitals looking for in a travel nurse?

A. Hospitals are looking for multi-taskers. Healthcare employers often post jobs for nurses who can cover several different units. For example, a Med/Surg nurse who can also work in Pediatrics and Telemetry is a real find — or an L&D nurse who can also work in Mother/Baby and NICU. You can increase your marketability with certification in an additional specialty or by asking your Nurse Manager if there are areas that you can float to within your scope of practice.

Q. What is going on in the travel nursing job market today?

A. The candidate selection process is not what it once was. Advances in information technology are making it easier to find out about job openings in every corner of the country, in many cases you can find out about new positions practically the moment they open up.

Likewise, high-tech staffing services have made it possible for healthcare employers to hire from an ever-larger list of candidates.

While the demand for travel nurses has increased overall, the hiring market can vary significantly in different regions of the country and in different specialties … even at different times of the year. Today’s travel nurses are working in a national candidate pool, and — depending on when and where you wish to work — the hiring situation may be more or less competitive.

Q. What should I do if I want a travel assignment ASAP?

A. Our best advice is to work closely with your Recruiter, who will be able to tell you about positions in your specialty and destination of choice. Your recruiter can fill you in on assignments with start dates that meet your needs. If you are open to working in different locations, in different units, or different shifts, your options will expand dramatically.

If your references and paperwork are complete, and your RN license and certifications are valid in your desired state of practice, you'll be well on your way to a rewarding assignment, STAT!

Q. I'm flexible on start dates, but I really want to work in a particular location ... is that possible?

A. Absolutely. Depending on what you're looking for, it may take you a little more time to find the travel nurse job that checks all the boxes. But, don't worry. We have an extensive list of jobs that is updated constantly. Your ideal job is either here already or just on the horizon.

Insider tip: you might be inspired by stories of fellow travelers who took the advice of their Recruiters, tried something new, and didn't regret it for a second!

Q. Are there any tried-and-true tips for becoming a preferred candidate?

A. You can't go wrong with the classics:

Be as ready-to-go as possible with your documentation.
Make sure your license and certifications are up-to-date.
Enthusiasm counts! Do a little research on the location where you want to work.
If you want to work in a new state, apply for your RN license in advance.
  (Consider working in one of the compact states.)
Additional certifications and competency in multiple specialties gives you a real advantage.

We have lots of great tips for acing a phone interview, and we'll just add one more tip here: when asked to evaluate your skills, whether it's informally in a phone conversation or in a written self-evaluation, some RN's can be very humble. You know you're a top-notch professional, and so do we! Be honest about your skills, but don't sell yourself short!
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  1. Travel Nursing Basics
  2. Application and Interview
  3. Housing
  4. Transportation
  5. Compensation and Benefits
  6. How to get hired for a travel nursing job