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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How much does a Travel Nurse make?

$105,584 /yr
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Read what Travel Nurse professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Travel Nurse
Oct 1, 2022

“Recruiter had been absolutely amazing and made sure I got everything done and helped along the way.”

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.”

Krucial Rapid ResponseKrucial Rapid Response
Travel Nurse
Jul 18, 2022

“Really good and competitive pay”

Nomad HealthNomad Health
Travel Nurse
Dec 8, 2022

“Can submit yourself to assignments and the pay is much better compared to many other agencies”

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”

Triage StaffingTriage Staffing
Travel Nurse
Jan 26, 2023

“I have heard from other people that the pay was still better than other agencies.”

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