Finding a Job as a Traveling Nurse
Posted on Sep 26 2011 at 01:27:07 AM in Employment & Work
If you are a nurse who likes to get out and do more than work in a constant environment, then you might find some relief working as a traveling nurse. This may sound like an odd job, but the truth is that there is a need for nurses who would be willing to travel to see and attend to patients. You may also be surprised to know that even though many hospital administrations are cutting back on their personnel, this does not always apply to traveling nurses as many times they offer very specific services and fill a niche market. Because of this they are seen by many as providing an invaluable service.
One of the first things that you will want to do if you are considering finding a job as a traveling nurse is to make contacts in your field. For example, if you are a nurse that specializes in prenatal care to high risk pregnancies, then you will want to talk with other traveling nurses and doctors in this field in order to find out more about what your duties and work hours would be like. If it sounds like a position that would work for you, then you can start to look for job openings in this specific field.
The good news is that although a traveling nurse is not a position that is in constant demand, it is one with a very specific set of requirements, so the listings are often easy to find as there are job boards that primarily deal with finding positions for traveling nurses. As with any new job, you will want to be sure that you check into the position needs and requirements to make sure that they will match up with your own. After all, you do not want to take a position that will leave you dealing with dialysis patients if this is not something that you feel comfortable doing.
Once you have established yourself as a traveling nurse you should be able to get jobs across the country if you should need to. The one thing that you will want to make sure of is that you consider the area where you want to work ahead of time so that you can be sure to keep up on any licensing needs that you may have to get ahead of time. This way you can be adequately prepared and you will not have to worry and rush about attempting to get things in order so that you can move onto your next assignment.
Being a traveling nurse is a rewarding career choice, but because of the flexibility (of both hours and location) that is needed of nurses who do this job, you will want to be absolutely sure that this kind of work is for you before you apply. After all, traveling to new areas may seem exciting at first, but being on the road all of the time can become tedious, and is not a career choice for everyone.