Travel nurses looking for a new placement use professional staffing agencies to find future employment. Recruiters check education, licenses, work experience and require at least two professional references.
Companies such as American Mobile allow nurses to apply online and set up profiles outlining their skills and preferences as of 2015. The agency assesses competence in 26 specialties, including emergency, operating room, hospice, pediatric, dialysis and critical care. Professionals submit references for applicants online as well.
The profession of travel nursing started in the 1978 when hospitals in New Orleans began to import staff to help take care of the high volume of patients during Mardis Gras. Today, travel nurses work short-term contracts ranging from four to 26 weeks. The positions generally pay more than standard nursing jobs, and many vacancies offer additional compensation for travel, housing and insurance.
Traveling nurses working through agencies need different licenses in each state. Nationwide staffing companies help applicants obtain the proper certifications and, in some cases, pay for the costs. Typically, it takes two months to complete the licensing process. Additionally, the National Association of Travel Healthcare Professionals has up-to-date resources and information about national certification and resources for working in the travel nursing field.