Travel nurses have the unique opportunity to explore various geographical locations, work in diverse healthcare settings, and gain invaluable experience. However, the first step towards this exciting adventure involves gaining a firm grasp of the application process to become a travel nurse. Navigating this process effectively is essential to ensure a smooth transition into the world of travel nursing, making it an experience you’ll cherish for years to come.
Ready to dive into a travel nursing career but not sure where to begin? Don’t worry, just follow these easy steps to get started.
Step 1 – Submit a Travel Nurse Application
Filling out an online application for travel nurse jobs is the quickest route to starting your career as a travel nurse or therapist. Completing this application doesn’t lock you into any commitments; it simply provide the agencies recruiters with the essential details needed to match you with positions that align perfectly with your skills, experience, and licensure.
After completing your application, expect a call, text, or email from a recruiter. They’re eager to answer all questions and delve into the exciting opportunities that await you in your new career.
Step 2 – Complete Travel Nurse Checklists
After submitting your online application, your recruiter will send you various skill checklists tailored for you. These are more than just lists – they are your pathway to pinpointing the specialty (or specialties) you’re passionate and qualified for. They play a critical role in helping your recruiter understand your unique skills and experience level, ensuring you’re matched with the perfect travel assignment.
Below are some things to keep in mind when completing your travel nurse checklists:
- Be truthful about your competencies and experience levels. Overstating skills can lead to assignments that you are unprepared for, posing risks to both you and your patients.
- Provide comprehensive and detailed information. Ensure all your skills and experiences are clearly and accurately documented.
- Highlight any specialized skills or experiences you possess. These can make you a more attractive candidate for specific assignments.
- Double-check your checklist before submission to ensure all information is correct and complete.
- After finishing your skills checklists, make sure you have a scanned or photographed copy of your license and American Heart Association BLS card ready. These documents are often required in the next stage.
Step 3 – Select Your Assignments
Collaborate closely with your recruiter to choose travel nursing assignments that match your professional goals and personal preferences. Evaluate each opportunity, considering factors like location, facility type, assignment duration, and pay rate. Take into account the area’s cost of living, opportunities for professional growth, and the work-life balance each assignment offers. Use your recruiter’s insight to make an informed decision, ensuring you thoroughly understand the expectations and responsibilities of each role. This careful selection process is crucial in not only meeting your career goals but also enhancing your life experience and personal satisfaction, laying a solid foundation for a thriving travel nursing career.
Step 4 – Complete Compliance Requirements
After finishing the online application and securing an assignment you’ll move on to fulfilling the crucial compliance requirements. Assemble all necessary professional licenses, certifications, medical clearances, and educational documents. TheraEx Staffing Services makes this step smooth and efficient by offering a personal online portal and a dedicated credentialer that is available 24/7 to assist you throughout the process.
Step 5 – Sign a Contract
Thoroughly review and sign the contract for your assignment, ensuring you fully grasp all terms, including pay, benefits, and housing. Don’t rush; meticulously read the entire document and seek clarity on any unclear or ambiguous terms from the agency. Confirm that all promises made are explicitly stated in the contract. Inquire about the cancellation policy and understand the procedures and any associated penalties. Once satisfied with all aspects and answers, sign the contract confidently. Retain a copy for easy reference throughout your assignment, ensuring a seamless, transparent professional relationship with the agency and a positive travel nursing experience.
Step 6 – Prepare for Your Assignment
Before embarking on your travel nursing assignment, meticulously plan all logistics including housing, transportation, and essential supplies. Engage with your travel nurse agency for any housing or transportation assistance they might offer. Craft a comprehensive checklist covering all facets from living conditions to daily commute, and acquaint yourself with the climate and cultural nuances of the new location. Inform relevant people and organizations about your temporary move, and confirm all work-related details with your new workplace, ensuring a smooth, well-prepared transition into your new role as a travel nurse.
Step 7 – Onboarding and Orientation
Participate in an orientation program provided by the healthcare facility. This generally includes training on facility policies and procedures. The orientation is designed to acclimate you to the new environment, allowing you to familiarize yourself with the team, technology, and tools used in the facility. It’s an invaluable opportunity to ask questions, understand expectations, and ensure you are well-prepared to provide excellent patient care from day one. The more engaged and proactive you are during this phase, the smoother your transition into your new role will be.
Step 8 – Begin Your Assignment
Start your travel nursing assignment and provide high-quality patient care. As you embark on this exciting chapter, ensure open communication with your healthcare team and supervisor. Understand the expectations and protocols of your new environment and adapt seamlessly. Regularly seek feedback and be proactive in honing your skills and knowledge, ensuring you continually contribute positively to patient outcomes and your professional growth within the travel nursing field. Your journey in delivering exceptional care in diverse settings begins now, embrace it wholeheartedly.
Note: Each agency may have slightly different procedures, so it’s crucial to communicate with your recruiter and understand each step of the process with the specific agency you choose to work with.
The recruiters at TheraEx Staffing Services can help you find the right travel nursing job and prepare you for success during your first assignment. Contact us today!
At TheraEx Staffing Services, your career growth, and satisfaction are vital. We’re not just about filling positions; we’re about matching you with the roles that resonate with your skills, experience, and licensure. That’s why 94% of our nurses and therapists endorse us, emphasizing our unwavering support, comprehensive service, and competitive compensation packages, all tailored to meet your unique needs.
The rewards don’t end here! Complete five contracts with TheraEx, and you’ll receive an all-inclusive trip for two as a token of our gratitude. Plus, capitalize on our unlimited referral bonuses. Refer a nurse that is not in our current database, and once they’re hired, earn $250 for Per Diem nurses and $500 for Contract nurses after the first week your referral works.