How Do You Become a Travel Nurse?

With patients worldwide needing healthcare, why limit yourself to one location as a nurse? Travel nurses can provide care to patients in temporary nurse positions for various facilities. 

Travel Nursing Is a Necessity

Travel nursing was in demand in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and many started to  offer higher pay incentives. Travel nursing is crucial as it mobilizes healthcare to locations that need it most. Currently, the COVID-19 pandemic seems to be under control. However, the shortage of nurses remains today. Nurses are still in need in many places around the world, and travel nursing continues to be a necessity to provide healthcare to all. 

How To Become a Travel Nurse

Travel nursing is for you if you enjoy new experiences and environments in the healthcare field. Here’s how to become a travel nurse in five easy steps:

Earn your BSN Degree

Like any other nurse, you must first attend school to obtain your bachelor’s degree in nursing. Then, earning your BSN is where you will learn the basics of providing optimal care to your future patients. 


In order to become a licensed RN, you must pass The National Council Licensure Exam. Tests can take as long as 6 hours and go into depth about the nursing system. 

Get your RN License In Different States

Depending on your location, you may be eligible for a Nurse Licensure Compact, which allows you to have a designated nursing license that works in all states. However, different states have specific requirements, so you may have to apply for a license in every state. A nurse staffing agency will be able to guide you along this process. 

1 Year Nursing Experience Minimum

Expect to practice as a licensed nurse for at least a year before becoming a travel nurse. It’s crucial to gain experience in the work field before embarking on a journey across the states. Many nursing staffing agencies require this step.

Seek employment with a Travel Nurse Staffing Agency

You’re finally able to apply to your travel nurse staffing agency of choice! Good luck on your journey across the globe!

Unsure if travel nursing is for you?

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