The traveling nurse has, undoubtedly, one of the most enjoyable jobs in the nursing industry. Their assignments may vary from two to six months during which, they are adopting new skills and learning to cope with various situations that arise in other places. Traveling nurses are only a small percentage of the total number of practicing nurses, but their contribution to the health care system is enormous. Many hospitals rely upon traveling nurses to care for critically ill patients as there is always a shortage of fully trained, qualified nurses.
Traveling nurses are generally well rewarded for their skills and are offered many incentives, by employment agencies, to travel to far away places. This is an ideal situation for a young nurse who has no ties and likes to travel. Opportunities exist in most parts of the country, or even the world, for registered nurses who are prepared to travel. Cruise lines also employ traveling nurses to cater for the needs of their passengers, and this is a great opportunity to see some of the world’s most exotic locations as well as being well paid for the experience.
Before you begin dreaming of visiting exiting places and earning a good living, you must first pass the National Council Licensure Examination to become a registered nurse. Tertiary qualifications can be achieved by undertaking a full or part time college course which, can also be done online. A certain number of clinical hours, acquired by doing practical training in a hospital, are also required before passing the registered nurses entrance exam.
Having passed the exams you will need to gain at least one year, preferably two years, experience working in a hospital. The more experienced you become, the higher the salary you will be able to command, and employment agencies will be able to place you in the best available positions.
Before deciding to embark on a career as a traveling nurse, one should carefully consider the pros and cons of engaging in such an occupation. Obviously, the greatest disadvantage is having to be away from home for long periods of time. In order to be accepted for a position, the traveling nurse must sign a binding contract which, will stipulate the salary, bonuses, any conditions and the term of the engagement. An engagement at an isolated place with harsh conditions would no doubt pay well, but one would have to carefully consider the time frame involved.
The fact that nursing in some places, would involve working long hours and being on call twenty four hours a day, may be a deterrent for some to decide on this type of career. Another thing to consider is the language barrier in foreign countries, one would need to be pretty well versed and know a smattering of the language in the intended country of employment.
On the other hand, there will be times when you will be sent to an ideal location and placed in a perfect work environment. These occasions will more than compensate for the odd times that you have been sent to unattractive places that have been much less bearable.
From working in many places around the world, the traveling nurse will gain a wealth of experience and will ultimately become a highly paid professional, who can choose to work anywhere in the world.