What does a Travel Nurse do?

Travel nurses are nurses who work for limited periods of time in facilities in different geographic locations. Their assignments are often short-term in nature and may be needed to provide additional support during outbreaks, natural disasters, or other situations creating an extreme demand. They provide direct patient care and perform a range of nursing tasks, including dispensing medication and overseeing medical treatment and procedures. They may specialize in a particular type of care or in supporting patients with certain medical conditions.

Travel nurses are typically RNs and must have a valid nursing license in their state, or a multi-state license if they will be working in more than one state. They should have extensive experience providing direct patient care. These roles require significant flexibility and the ability to adapt quickly to new environments.

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Avg. Experience0-1 year

How much does a Travel Nurse make?

$105,006 /yr
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Read what Travel Nurse professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
American Mobile HealthcareAmerican Mobile Healthcare
Travel Nurse
Apr 3, 2022

“My recruiter is very knowledgeable and tries to get me the best pay and completion bonuses possible.”

Gifted HealthcareGifted Healthcare
Travel Nurse Recruiter
Jan 19, 2020

“Such fast growth in my short tenure already and I can't wait to see what else we accomplish in 2020!”

Host HealthcareHost Healthcare
Travel Nurse
Jan 17, 2022

“I only had one issue with my paystub and it was resolved in 24 hours.”

Aya HealthcareAya Healthcare
Travel Nurse
Jan 30, 2021

“Pay is not the best of the best but fair”

Medical SolutionsMedical Solutions
Travel Nurse
Jan 26, 2022

“The people are great and I felt really supported and appreciated by my recruiter”

Travel Nurse
Feb 9, 2022

“Training is not the best”

Travel Nurse
Feb 9, 2022

“Weekly pay is great I would say”

Aya HealthcareAya Healthcare
Travel Nurse
Mar 8, 2022

“Very good weekly pay”

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