The job of a Travel Nurse involves working on short-term medical assignments locally, nationally or internationally. They offer nursing tasks to clinics and hospitals that are in need of additional nursing staff members for a month-long or year-long work.
A successful candidate must possess certification from a state-approved practical nursing program and pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) in order to become licensed to work. Travel nurses must also have at least 6 years nursing experience in a hospital setting before they could go on travel assignments. Specialization in areas such as pharmacology, gerontology, IV therapy and other fields can be an advantage.
Effective written and verbal communication skills, excellent reading comprehension, interpersonal skills, good logistic reasoning and analytical skills, problem-solving skills, and the ability to tell whether something is wrong or might go wrong. Travel nurses must also be willing to work with flexible hours and love traveling to different locations.
Specific work elements
Providing emotional support to patients and their family members; treating patients and administering medications; performing diagnostic tests; recording medical histories and symptoms of patients; constantly recording patient’s vitals such as pulse, blood pressure, temperature, respiration and other details; dressing wounds; monitoring fluid intake; maintaining medical equipments; helping patients eat, get dresses, walk, bathe, stand or move to bed; filling out insurance forms; informing doctors and other nurses about patient’s condition; and performing other tasks assigned by doctors, among others.