Travel Nurse Requirements

What Do I Need To Become A Travel Nurse?

As with any nursing position, travel nursing comes with its own set of requirements. Let us help you determine what you need to do and have in order to become a Super Travel Nurse.

Standard Requirements:

  • 1 year of recent, relevant RN experience (some facilities may require 2 years)
  • BLS certification through American Heart Association
  • Two references – ideally from supervisors within the last 12 months
  • Ability to commit to a full time position for ~6-13 weeks at a time

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Here Are Three Tips for First-Time Travel Nurses.

Tip 1: Be flexible. With so many open positions around the country, locking in your first assignment is all about timing and flexibility. Be open-minded about all aspects of your assignment—location, unit type, shift rotation, start date, etc. It’s wise to have preferences, but be careful not to limit your own possibilities.

Tip 2: Be organized. Make copies of your degrees, CV, special certifications, state licenses, CEUs, and medical records. Your agency will likely provide a credentialing specialist who helps you file everything the hospital needs, but have these all documents readily accessible to speed up the process.

Tip 3: Be an amazing nurse! Exhibit the right attitude, be a positive influence, and believe in yourself. You have the resources and knowledge to be successful.

The orientation window on a unit is often short, so utilize every moment with your preceptor and ask questions!

The most successful travel nurses know how to be both confident and respectful.

Learn more about life as a travel nurse with the Travel Nurse Academy from Tailored Healthcare Staffing.