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What is Travel Nursing? - Travel Nursing Requirements and Information

If you've always wondered, "what is travel nursing?", you've come to the right place. 

When healthcare facilities experience shortages in personnel, they turn to travel nursing companies like NurseChoice to recruit temporary nurses who can travel to their location to fill in for permanent staff.

As one of the most recognized travel nursing companies in the U.S, NurseChoice is uniquely positioned to provide you with answers to your most frequently asked questions. 

Browse our FAQs below to learn more about travel nurse requirements, travel nursing housing, salary and benefits, and more.

 

General Questions about Travel Nursing


Are there any fees associated with NurseChoice’s travel nursing jobs program?

No, never. NurseChoice’s services are completely free to you.


Are travel assignments available for two nurses wishing to go to the same city?

Sure! Many of our travelers choose to travel together. We can arrange for you to share a two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment or condo for free, or you can organize your own housing and we'll give you a generous housing stipend every month.


Can I travel with my family or pets?

Absolutely! Traveling with your family or pets is a great way to share the fun and excitement of your travel experiences. If you choose to travel with your pets, please let your recruiter know before you confirm your assignment. Many, but not all, housing complexes allow animals and most have breed and/or size restrictions. A non-refundable pet fee is charged for one or more pets going on assignment with you. This fee will be divided between your 2-3 paychecks. You will be emailed about these deductions. It is very important that the Housing Team has all of the details regarding your pet(s).


Do I have to commit to a long-term contract?

While requirements vary by company, your commitment with NurseChoice only extends for the length of the assignment you agree to take. At the end of your assignment, you are free to make your own choices, including new opportunities with our company. If you want to explore a different part of the country, you can travel to a new assignment. Or, if you prefer, you can return home and travel at a later date. NurseChoice will support you in any decision you make.


Do you offer completion bonuses?

Some facilities offer generous completion bonuses ranging from $500 to $6,000. Ask your placement coordinator for further details.


Does NurseChoice offer clinical support?

Absolutely! Our experienced clinical liaisons—many with travel nursing experience themselves—are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help you with any clinical issue or concern you may have while on assignment.


How Do I Submit My Timesheet?

With our mobile application, AMN Capture, healthcare professionals have a fast and simplified way to submit their timesheets on their iPhone, iPad or Android device.


How does a traveling nurse pay taxes if they work in many locations?

If you travel and earn money in different states, you will be required to file a state return for each state you work in. To find out more about state and local tax requirements, please consult a tax professional.


How long are NurseChoice travel nursing assignments?

At NurseChoice, typical assignments run from 4-13 weeks.


How quickly can I begin working as a travel nurse?

We're glad you asked! With NurseChoice, you can get started in as little as two days, giving you access to some of the highest paying travel nursing jobs in the industry. Once your application, skills checklist, and professional reference request is received and approved, a placement consultant will get in touch with you to begin the process of finding the right assignment for your needs. And, we'll work with you to help you get all of your credential requirements organized in time for your assignment start date.


Is a career in travel nursing recession-proof?

Travel nursing has traditionally been a perfect career solution for many nurses who want to shield their family from tough economic times. Even in challenging economies, demand for travel nurses continues to grow, and with salary ranges for travel nurses increasing, now is the best time to start your travel nursing career.


What about licensing requirements for different states?

You need a license for every state in which you work. Each state has different licensing rules and regulations, and most states require a fee and verification. For more information, please visit our state licensing page.


What are Meals and Incidentals?

Meals and incidentals are designed to be a reimbursement to cover the daily cost of food and incidentals. 

Incidentals include expenses for taxi and/or other transportation fees, parking costs and for other incidental expenses such as uniform, laundry, phone use, Wi-Fi charges, and tips when an employee travels for business.


What are the benefits of travel nursing?

If you enjoy traveling the country, meeting new friends, and furthering your career, a travel nursing career is for you. Travel nurses with NurseChoice enjoy some of the most generous compensation and benefits packages in the industry, including medical, dental and vision benefits. Additional voluntary benefits such as short term disability, critical illness, accident insurance, hospital indemnity, and legal services are also available. In addition, our valued nurses get to work in top facilities across the United States, and have the opportunity to hone their nursing skills in a variety of settings, working alongside top doctors and nurses. This type of critical work experience is only available to those pursuing travel nursing. Apply for a travel nursing career with NurseChoice Now!


What are the minimum requirements to work as a travel nurse?

While work requirements vary, the best travel nursing companies have strict guidelines for employment in the field. NurseChoice requires our traveling nurse applicants to have a minimum of 1-year working as an RN, and recent hospital experience within the last 6 months. In addition to our requirements, the facilities we work with also have preferences for different types of units, practice settings, and area of specialty. Your NurseChoice career specialist can provide you with more information on facility-specific requirements.


What are the requirements for specialty travel nursing assignments, and what are the most popular career specialties?

As a general rule, the following guidelines apply to their respective nursing specialties. However, some healthcare providers require additional experience. Please speak with a NurseChoice career specialist to find out additional information regarding specialty placement.

General Requirements include at least 1-year as an RN and recent experience in the following specialties:

  • ICU
  • PICU
  • OR
  • Ambulatory PACU
  • Ambulatory OR
  • PCU
  • PACU
  • NICU
  • Peds
  • ER
  • LD
  • MedSurg
  • Pedi ER
  • Endoscopy
  • Home Health
  • Psych
  • Cath Lab
  • Rehab
  • CVICU
  • Postpartum
  • CVOR
  • Nurse Manager
  • BMT
  • Wound Care
  • Telemetry


What are the rules for obtaining a multi-state license?

You can obtain a compact (multistate) license if you:

  • Legally reside in a NLC state. (See preceding question for a list of participating states.)
  • Hold an active RN or LPN/VN nursing license in good standing.
  • Declare an NLC state as your primary state of residency.
  • Meet the licensure requirements in your home state. When working in a remote state, you will also be held accountable to the nurse practice act of the state where the patient is located or where practice occurs.


What is travel nursing?

Healthcare facilities occasionally experience shortages in personnel due to seasonal fluctuations, expansion, holidays, and many other reasons. When this happens, they turn to travel nurse staffing companies like NurseChoice to recruit temporary nurses who can travel to their location to fill in for permanent staff.

Travel nursing opportunities exist in all 50 states, and in many specialties. Best of all, as a travel nurse, the choice is yours—you determine where you want to work, your preferred shift, and the type of healthcare facility you prefer.


What kind of facilities will I be able to work at?

Our travelers work primarily in hospital settings, ranging from large university teaching facilities to remote community hospitals.


Where does NurseChoice offer travel nursing assignments?

We offer positions in several states across the U.S. Whether you want to work in one of the nation's biggest cities, like San Francisco, New York, or Houston, or in a small town in New England, the Midwest or Northern California, we can offer assistance.

PLEASE NOTE: As our orders for nurse staffing change daily, it is best to contact a NurseChoice career specialist for more information. Simply call (866) 557-6050.


Which states are considered compact multi-state licenses?

A nurse with a permanent residency in an NLC (Nurse License Compact) state already has a multistate nursing license and is eligible to work in other states that make up the "compact states." Current states included in the NLC include: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

PLEASE NOTE: As the list of eligible states can change without notice, please check with local licensing boards to verify that your license is valid in different states.


Will I be reimbursed for my travel expenses?

Yes. No matter how you get to your assignment destination, we will help pay the costs. We provide our travelers with a generous $800 travel reimbursement, which includes reimbursement for airfare and rental car expenses. Best of all, your reimbursement is typically tax-free.

PLEASE NOTE: Compensation is at the rate of $100 a week, so an 8-week assignment would equate to an $800 reimbursement.


Will I earn a bonus if I refer a friend to NurseChoice?

Yes, we encourage you to refer your friends and coworkers to NurseChoice. To show our appreciation, you are eligible to receive up to a $2000 when your friend completes one 8-week assignment. Find out more about NurseChoice’s Referral Program.


Will I work full-time or part-time?

All of our assignments are full-time, with typical assignments requiring 48 to 60 hours per week including overtime.


NurseChoice’s Computer Conversion Program

NurseChoice is one of the best quick-start, short-term nurse staffing agencies in the nation, specializing in matching your high-demand positions with quality, experienced EMR ready candidates in the shortest amount of time.

  • What is Computer Conversion Staffing?
    When you’re ready to begin the government mandated shift to electronic medical records (EMRs), our Computer Conversion Support program can help you make a seamless transition. All of our RNs have computerized charting experience and can help while your regular staff transitions to the new EMR system you are implementing.
  • What EMR Systems are your RNs Familiar with?
    Our EMR/EHR ready nurses are trained and familiar with the most common industry wide systems, including, but not limited to, Epic, Eclipsys, GE, McKesson, MEDITECH, and Siemens. If you don’t see your specific EMR conversion system on the list, just call us at (866) 603-4259. We’re sure we can help you find the right staffing for your needs.
  • Can NurseChoice’s Electronic Conversion Program help my facility?
    NurseChoice has worked with hundreds of hospitals and healthcare facilities during their transition from paper to electronic recordkeeping. We can help you formulate a plan of action, including both the amount of staffing you’ll need and length of time you’ll need to complete the transition. And, you can rest assured that we only place RNs who are experienced in the most widely used EMR systems, thus ensuring that your conversion goes smoothly.

    NurseChoice can help your facility in the following critical ways during electronic medical record transition:
    • Keeping beds open to avoid negatively impacting patient care and revenue
    • Easing pre- and post-implementation stress for your staff
    • Providing computerized charting experience to help alleviate obstacles that may occur during transition periods
    • Maintaining continuity of quality patient care, working extended hours on assignments from 4-13 weeks
    • Minimizing staff burnout rates
    • Providing on-the-job EMR support from knowledgeable RNs
    Read some of our EMR staffing success stories
    Read More about EMR/EHR Conversion

    To learn more about NurseChoice’s Computer Conversion Program, consult our EMH/EMR staffing experts at (866) 603-4259.

What is Travel Nursing? Find out with NurseChoice, a leader in the best travel nursing jobs in the industry, providing healthcare companies with exceptional nursing talent for short-term, rapid response staffing, free ceus for nurses, and EMR conversion staffing and consultation.

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