Travel nurses work in general staff nursing roles, but instead of working at a single location, you’ll work in temporary positions, typically for one month to two years, to support staff members in areas where there is a great need for nurses.
Travel nurses actually perform the same tasks that general RNs perform. So, some of the tasks you could do on a daily basis include checking vital signs, helping patients with personal hygiene and feeding, dressing wounds, administering medications, helping doctors develop treatment plans, communicating with family members, educating patients about home care, recording patient history, and monitoring patient progress. The only difference is that you’ll move to new locations across the country or even around the world regularly to provide support while a facility goes through the recruiting and hiring to find new nurses.
Salary and Career Options
As a travel nurse, you might receive a salary from a single firm or you might work under contract with each new location, so your salary could change accordingly. Typically, travel nurses make more than general nurses because of the inconvenience of having to move regularly. In some cases, your travel expenses and even living costs are paid as part of your salary. Many travel nurses go on to specialize in one area of medicine, such as geriatrics or oncology.
To work as a travel nurse, you need a valid RN licenses in your state, which requires you to earn at least an associate of science in nursing. You can also go on to become an advanced practice nurse by getting your master’s degree in this field, or even a doctorate, though most travel nurses are simply RNs who have a bachelor of science in nursing.
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