Travel nurse Jennifer and her dog Nadia in Seattle, WA

Travel Nursing Career FAQs

A career in travel nursing takes you to exciting cities across America. Travel nurses can earn up to $100,000 a year and work at the best hospitals and healthcare facilities. Find answers to frequently asked questions about travel nursing jobs.

1. Travel Nursing Basics - FAQs

Q. How long does a travel nursing assignment last?

A. The average assignment lasts 13 weeks. Many nurses work up to four travel jobs per year and are employed year round.

Q. For how long a period of time can I work as a travel nurse? 

A. RNs can work as long as they want as travelers. Some nurses only travel and have for decades. The need for RN travel jobs is fueled by the nation’s nurse shortage so hospitals are always hiring.  

Q. Where are travel nurse jobs located?

A. American Traveler staffs top-ranked hospitals, out-patient centers, medical schools and universities in all 50 U.S. States. We specialize in travel nursing jobs where you can explore big cities, small towns, and resort destinations coast to coast.

Q. How do I qualify for a travel nurse job?

A. Registered Nurses with a minimum of 12 months of acute care clinical experience qualify. Depending on nurse specialty or healthcare setting, some assignments may require additional experience or credentials.

Q. How do I apply for a travel nursing assignment with American Traveler?

A. We make it easy. Just fill out an online application and one of our friendly, knowledgeable recruiters will contact you. Be prepared to submit a skills checklist, employment history, and professional certifications.  Once you apply, you are under no obligation to accept a position.

Q. Can I take time off between assignments?

A. Yes. Freedom and flexibility are why many RNs pursue a career in travel nursing. As important as finding a job you like is spending quality time with family and friends. Take a few weeks off, enjoy life and come back to traveling when you’re ready!

Q. How do travel nursing jobs differ from a permanent RN job?

A. As a travel RN you explore new places and meet new people. You gain valuable experience working in multiple healthcare settings and have the flexibility to enjoy your surroundings. Many pursue a career in travel nursing to avoid the burnout often associated with staff positions.

Q. What can I expect to earn?

A. Travel nursing salaries are on average 20% higher than for regular RN jobs.  Moreover, we offer a Tax Advantage Plan that can put up to 10% more in your pocket. The career is known for high pay with some nurses earning up to $110,000 a year.

Q. What is the benefits package offered?

A. Travel nurse jobs with American Traveler come with free private deluxe housing or stipends, health insurance (medical, dental, life) free continuing education units, bonuses, travel and licensure reimbursements, 401(k) and more. Our comprehensive benefits package is highly competitive and in many ways superior to permanent RN jobs. 

Q. Do I get to choose where I travel?

A. Yes. You get to pick the state, the hospital and healthcare setting. We have RN travel jobs now in exciting cities like San Diego, Miami, Seattle, and Chicago and in rural and suburban settings in the Midwest, New England and Sunbelt. Travel nursing jobs in California, Florida and Hawaii reveal miles of sprawling coastline and gorgeous beach.

Q. Can I travel with family, friends or pets?

A. Yes to all of the above. In fact, many say they enjoy travel nursing more when they take along a partner or pet companion.  When you travel with a pet we will ensure pet friendly housing. 

Q. Can you get me and my travel partner an RN travel job in the same area?

A. We frequently arrange travel nursing jobs for friends and spouses. Housing arrangements can be individual or together. The choice is yours.  

Q. What kind of support can I expect as a travel nurse?

A. We provide nurses with friendly personalized service based on individual needs and lifestyle. Our dedicated client services representatives are available five days a week and our 24/7 emergency hotline stands ready to help nurses with unexpected challenges.

Q. What if I have a problem with my paycheck or benefits?

A. Our “no hassle” Client Services Department will assist you immediately with issues regarding payroll, housing, insurance and nursing job benefits.  We work fast to resolve your problem and ensure that pay and benefits remain uninterrupted. 

Q. How do I go from one travel nursing assignment to the next?

A. Toward the end of your travel nurse job assignment your recruiter will discuss your options. You may want to extend your assignment or choose a new one in different location. Unless you request time off between assignments, we work diligently to keep you employed as a full time travel nurse. 

Q. Can a recent nursing graduate get a travel nurse job?

A. The best option for new nurse graduates who don’t have the required work experience is to fill out an application, so we can keep it on file. Once you have 12 months of acute care clinical experience, we can start reviewing our positions with you. In the meantime, you may find our travel nurse jobs newsletter helpful.

Graduate nurses can leave a profile in our database for future travel nurse job opportunities.

To learn more call (800) 884-8788 or email one of our friendly recruiters at [email protected]. We would love to hear from you.

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  3. Housing
  4. Transportation
  5. Compensation and Benefits