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7 Frequently Asked Questions about Travel Nursing

Travel nurses are some of the most caring and compassionate people in the medical industry. They drop everything and move to sometimes unfamiliar areas to help those who are sick or injured. The job is very demanding and requires a true professional. The prospect of taking a travel nursing assignment should not be taken lightly. There are things to know before accepting a travel nursing contract.

Here are 7 frequently asked questions that can help you decide if travel nursing is the right career choice for you:

● How long are travel nursing assignments? Assignments vary from contract to contract based on the needs of the client. The average travel nursing assignment is 13 weeks however, the assignments can range anywhere from 4 to 26 weeks (sometimes longer.)

● What shift will travel nurses generally work? The time and length of the shift varies from contract to contract based on the needs of the facility. Travel nurses agree to the required shift before their profile is sent to the hiring manager. The more flexible you are the better chance you will have of finding an assignment in your desired location.

● Can a travel nurse leave an assignment if they donít like it? Travel nurses must complete their travel contracts. Communication is the key to a great relationship with your recruiter. If you have any issues arise, please let them know immediately so they can get your issue ironed out.

● Where do travel nurses stay while on assignment? We give our nurses the option to stay in company provided housing or you can receive a housing stipend each month. Both have their advantages and disadvantages depending on the situation. Your recruiter will be able to guide you in the right direction!

● Can travel nurses bring their families with them on assignment? Absolutely! However, you will want to keep in mind that the more people you travel with the more expensive your living arrangements will be. A one bedroom is always cheaper than a two bedroom. If you have someone traveling with you that are over the age of 18, some places require an additional application for that person to become qualified.

● Do travel nurses have to get a new license for the new state they will be working in? Licensing is state to state dependent. We can help guide you thru the licensure process and we also offer license reimbursement! Keep in mind that if you work in a Compact Nursing state that you can travel to the other compact states without having to obtain an additional license.

● What are the requirements to be a travel nurse?
o At least one year of experience in the specialty you wish to travel in
o Excellent references
o A great attitude

Traveling Nursing can be great fun along with being a rewarding career, IPI will answer any questions you may have.

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