Becoming a traveler – no matter what healthcare profession you are – is a highly rewarding career. You’ll have experiences of a lifetime, all while building your resume, making new friends, and seeing the country. Assuming you have already gotten your diploma or certification, there is not too much more you need to do to start a travel career. Here are the three main things you need to do.
Get the minimum amount of experience. The majority of facilities hiring travelers require at least two years of recent experience in your specialty, not including any work you did while in school. Some facilities will accept applicants who have only one year of experience, but you’ll find that the more experience you have before becoming a traveler, the better. Once you are at your new assignment, there is very little on-the-job training for travelers.
Compile your travel portfolio. Having an up-to-date portfolio will make your life easier every time you want to work with a new travel company. Items in your portfolio should include:
Medical Records (Ex: Titers, Immunizations, Physical Exams, etc.)
Certifications (Ex: BLS, ACLS, PALS, etc.)
Professional Credentials (Ex: Resume, References, Driver’s License, Nursing Licenses, etc.)
Find your recruiter and company.The right recruiter (and company) can make all the difference in your assignment as you’ll be working with them from start to finish. Things you should consider range anywhere from assignment locations to pay packages to Joint Commission certification. You’ll also want to check out the agency ratings for any company you’re considering. (MSSI has placed in the top travel nurse agencies on Travel Nursing Central for six years in a row!)
For more details on how to become a traveler, check out this post.
MSSI has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval