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Why Travel Nursing?

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Want a nurse career without limits? Travel nursing provides just that – it gives you the chance to enjoy a flexible and adventurous lifestyle while broadening your job search to provide patient care.

With a career in travel nursing, you can explore new locations and different facility types while earning a highly competitive salary and building your resume with a unique experience.

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How much do travel nurses make?

On average, travel nurses make a base salary of $2,312 per week, $54.16 per hour, and $126,384 yearly according to indeed.com. Salaries vary by location, so remember that this number can change based on the facility and state a job is located in. In fact, some CareerStaff travel nurses earn over $4,000 per week depending on incentives, stipends, and potential bonus offerings! Take flight with us and view open travel nurse positions nationwide.

How do I become a travel nurse?

1. Earn your license and degree. Having a BSN is typically preferred for travel nurses as it provides more opportunities with different facilities and health systems. You’ll also need to pass the NCLEX and become licensed in your state of practice.
2. Gain experience in your specialization. Experience is one of the most important elements of becoming a travel nurse. Other important characteristics include a strong clinical background, leadership skills, flexibility, good communication, organization, and critical thinking skills.
3. Consider using a travel nurse recruiter. A travel nurse recruiter is often your greatest resource in helping you find a travel assignment. They are the link between what you’re looking for in a travel assignment and the hospital or facility that you’ll be placed in. Learn more about how to become a travel nurse.

What are the best specialties for travel nursing?

In 2023, the top in-demand travel nursing specialties are progressive care (PCU) nursing, medical surgical nursing, and emergency nursing. PCU nursing is by far the most in-demand travel nursing specialty with hundreds of jobs across the country. Learn more about PCU nursing, medical surgical nursing, or see all travel nursing specialties here. Check out this travel nursing outlook in 2023.

What are the top travel nurse destinations?

As a travel nurse, you can explore some spectacular parts of the country. Our top three travel nurse destinations in 2023 are Wyoming, California’s Eastern Sierra, and Charleston, West Virginia. Each of these locations offers high demand for travel nurses, beautiful scenery, and so much more! See all ten of our top destinations for travel nurses.

Your Travel Nurse Career Starts Here

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RN

Discover a travel RN career without limits. Search travel nursing jobs that are designed to fit your lifestyle.

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LPN

Start your travel LPN journey and continue to provide quality patient care. Explore nationwide LPNs/LVNs opportunities.

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CNA

Experience adventure and take your career to new heights with nationwide travel CNA opportunities.

Travel Nurse Licensure

Ready for your next adventure? Take on an out-of-state travel nursing assignment to experience the ultimate lifestyle flexibility and career growth opportunities. We offer eNLC licensure assistance to make sure that you are licensed to work in the states you choose to work in. Get more information about state-by-state licensure here.

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Why Travel Nurses Choose CareerStaff

Clarise B. at White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire

My recruiter works very hard to align my preferences with the contracts. I went to New Hampshire in the dead of winter. The state was gorgeous, the food was great, and I met a friend for life. It was so nice, I went back for a second contract.

Clarise B., Travel LPN

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