Seasonal and regional nursing shortages in the 1980s caused the emergence of tourism nursing companies that specialized in enabling nurses to travel anywhere in the United States where nurses lacked. As the US Bureau of Labor Statistics expects nursing shortages to worsen over the next seven years, nursing travel is a field of expected strong growth. This fact can make anyone who values a healthy healthcare career want to become a nurse, except most people do not know how to become one.
To become a travel nurse, one must have an active state license such as a registered nurse, a licensed practical nurse or a professional nurse and be in good standing. In addition, the nurse needs a minimum of one year's medical experience, preferably in a hospital setting. Then it's time to find a staff travel agency that will put them on the agreed number of work assignments nationwide or locally.
Before you decide to settle for any breastfeeding travel agency that is accidentally listed online, it is strongly recommended that you look at which areas in the US are favorable to them. According to one Travel Nurses website, Florida, California and Arizona have the most nursing opportunities. However, if a person wants to work and live elsewhere in the United States, it is possible because nurses can work in all states. They just have to get the license of the country where they will work.
The next step to becoming a nurse is to research travel agencies. When conducting surveys of travel companies and what they offer their clients, one has to consider whether the agency helps their clients obtain a state license or not. This factor helps determine how useful the agency is and can help a person judge whether he or she wants to work with the agency. While 27 states require nurses to be licensed by them to work there, the other 23 states do not. These 23 states have signed an agreement known as the "Nurse Licensing Contract" that allows nurses to work in any of the 23 states with a license obtained from only one of the 23 states. According to the National Council of Nursing Councils, these 23 states are Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, North Dakota South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.
Some Travel Nursing Agencies will hire a job specifically, arrange contracts, and assist in finding housing. Most agencies arrange housing in their own name, while some allow the nurse to participate in finding and choosing a home. If the nurse chooses to go outside the company when buying a home, most companies offer a housing fee.
Some agencies offer a travel allowance that may or may not cover all travel expenses. Some agencies offer health insurance, license renewals, referral bonuses for referral nurses to them, equity investments, continuing education reimbursement, vacations and sick days.
Travel assignments can range from eight weeks to a year; However, the average majority of tasks are only thirteen weeks old. At the end of the assignment, travel nurses may choose to stay at this location, if possible, or choose another available location. Nurses may register with more than one Travel Nursing Agency and change as desired.
After researching breastfeeding travel companies and a person has decided which travel company to work with, it is best to schedule an interview with the travel agency. During the interview, the medical company will evaluate a person's placement skills. The client will be recruited to meet individual needs, goals and opportunities. The recruiter will contact the client when a suitable position becomes available.