beautiful travel nurse female with curly hair stares out the airplane windows with an optimistic smile on her face

How to Become a Travel Nurse

Start Your Travel Nursing Career


As with any nursing career, all nursing students must complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing and/or receive their Associate's Degree in Nursing from an accredited nursing school. Upon graduation, all aspiring nurses must pass their N-CLEX exam to receive their nursing license. This will open up an entire world of opportunities to work in top-ranked hospitals and specialty clinics while you travel the country as a high paid travel nurse.

4 Simple Steps to Becoming a Travel Nurse

Graduate from Accredited Nursing School

Pass N-CLEX Exam & Gain 1 Year Experience

Contact an American Mobile recruiter

Explore Endless Assignment Opportunities

Beyond the Nursing Degree

Nurses who want to expand their career into the exciting world of travel nursing need to obtain a license for the state in which they want to work.

If you have obtained your license in your home state, which is a Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) state, you will be able to travel and work in other NLC states. If your original nursing license is not a part of the nurse licensure compact, you will be required to get an additional state license.

American Mobile offers licensure assistance to our traveling nurses.

Dont Miss Out

Interested in Becoming a Travel Nurse?

Submit the form to learn how to start your travel nurse career

* Indicates Required Fields


By clicking "SUBMIT" I agree to receive emails, automated text messages and phone calls (including calls that contain prerecorded content) from and on behalf of {{site_name}}, its parent, AMN Healthcare, and affiliates. I understand these messages will be to the email or phone number provided, and will be about employment opportunities, positions in which I’ve been placed, and my employment with AMN companies. See privacy policy or cookie policy for more details.

Explore The Nation as a Travel Nurse

A Day in the Life of a Travel Nurse

After completing all necessary travel nursing requirements and accepting an assignment, a travel nurse will prepare to travel and/or move to their new city/state. Nurses on assignment will enjoy the freedom to explore their new city, and in many cases, work any additional over time to earn more. On top of experiencing a new work environment, a travel nurse can opt-in to take free continuing education courses provided by the team at American Mobile.

woman sitting in doorway of travel trailer

Words from our nurses...

AMN is a fantastic agency for travel nurses. They are super responsive, and attentive, and you can tell that they really care about their nurses. The agency is very professional and works diligently to locate good contracts for their travelers. Specifically, Walter is a fantastic recruiter, always doing all he can. As an RN I highly value and respect this agency.

Amy U.

The team made the onboarding process seamless and the friendly staff was always available and willing to help. My specialty is psychiatric nursing and I have found working in the US to be a wonderful experience thus far. I started in Connecticut and found myself moving to Boston last summer. My schedule is so flexible.  

Kaleigh M.

Exploring and adventuring in new places is my favorite thing to do! Travel nursing with American Mobile has given me the freedom and ability to do just that all while still working! I have zero regrets about taking the leap to start travel nursing.

Monica M.

A healthy work environment is so important to me. I like the fact that my recruiter took the time to listen to my needs and find the perfect assignment that was right for me. She always checks in with me and is on top of everything.

Breanda H.
Becoming An International Travel Nurse

Become an International Travel Nurse

If you're a Canadian RN looking for a nursing job in the U.S. we can help. We offer extensive support to help make your transition into the American healthcare workforce quick and seamless.