The acute shortage of nursing professionals in United States has resulted in the growth of new opportunities in the health care industry for nurses. Travel Nursing offers one of the exciting job prospects for anyone working in nursing industry. A travel nurse is one who relocates based on the position available for short-term nursing opportunities. Nurses relocate to hospitals across United States wherein there is acute shortage of nursing staff.
The prerequisites for entry into this area of travel nursing, is that the nurse should have at least one year of experience in the area of expertise, in addition to a practice license in the state wherein the job will be held. Having a license in the state is usually a requirement and is often fulfilled by the employer who reimburses the nurse for any fees for obtaining a license within the particular state in the United States.
Travel nurses usually undertake short-term contract (usually ranging from 8 to 16 weeks). Contract outside of the USA can be 1-2 yrs long. In some instances, an extension or a permanent position is offered by the hospital at the end of the contract. Some travel nurses make it as a full time career travelling all over the world working in various hospitals.
Travel nurse offers exciting prospects for adventurous nursing professionals. It also offers a chance to help other hospitals across the world in dire need of nurses. Thus helping the patients well being. It will also give an opportunity to be more flexible with the time schedule and spend more free time with their family.
These are just a few of the reasons why people have decided to become a nurse. Obviously there are some of us who actually grew up wanting to be a nurse or just love the idea of helping people in need. Whatever the reason, being a travel nurse can be a very rewarding and enjoyable profession in your life.