How to Become a Travel Nurse: You're So Close to Success
As with any nursing career, all nursing students must complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing and/or receive their Associates Degree in Nursing from an accredited nursing school.
The same applies for nurses who want to want to expand their career into the exciting world of travel nursing.
To become a traveling nurse, all nurses must be RNs (a Registered Nurse) with the required license for the state in which they want to work.
If you don't have a specific state’s nursing license, an American Mobile recruiter will help you obtain the license. In some cases, we'll also pay for the licensing fees to get you to work sooner than later.
Additionally, travel nurses must have one year of experience as an RN in a hospital or healthcare facility.
However, if you are an aspiring travel nurse but do not have the specified one year of experience, please speak with a recruiter who can better help you prepare for your first travel nursing assignment.
Nursing License Requirements to Become a Travel Nurse
In order to get your nursing license and become a travel nurse, you must pass your N-CLEX exam.
Doing so opens up an entire world of possibilities for working in hospitals and specialty clinics across the country.
In addition, the nursing licensure compact allows nurses to work in a variety of states with minimal paperwork. If the state you're currently licensed in is part of the compact, you automatically have nursing privileges in any state that's also part of the INLC.
This amazing benefit truly opens doors for nurses just like you to work in multiple states.
It's also important to make sure your license is up-to-date and that you don't fall behind on continuing education (American Mobile provides free CMEs for our travelers.)
Finally, different states have varying requirements, but our recruiters are well-versed on what you'll need to become a traveling nurse in any of the states where you'd like to work.
In addition to licensing requirements, nursing candidates must have some basic skillsets to become a travel nurse, including:
- Amazing communication skills to interact with patients and staff
- Flexibility is key, as you'll be working with a variety of patient types in diverse settings
- An explorer's spirit will help you embrace not only the freedom to choose your location and facility type, but also the flexibility of travel nursing
Final Checklist on Becoming a Travel Nurse:
- Complete Nursing School from an Accredited Nursing Program
- Receive an Associate’s Degree in Nursing or Bachelor of Science in Nursing
- One year of RN experience
- Contact an American Mobile recruiter to help land your ideal travel nursing assignment
- Pack your bags and get ready to explore
Complete Our Short Form to Get Started
American Mobile is here to make your dream of becoming a travel nurse a reality. You've put in the hard work of becoming an RN, so let us take it from here.
Complete the short form at the top of this page to connect with an experienced recruiter.