Travel Nursing Jobs
A travel nurse is a nurse hired to work on a contract basis - typically for 13 weeks - to fill hospitals’ staffing needs.Travel nurses are typically RNs or LPNs who travel to different locations to do their work, typically hospitals or other medical facilities. Travel nurses sometimes care for home-bound or chronically ill patients, or they work in healthcare organizations to cover for any staff shortages. Travel nurses provide medication and treatment, develop care plans, observe patients, and teach patients and caretakers about proper care for the diagnosis.
Travel Nursing Education & Requirements
Individuals who take travel nursing jobs need to meet the standard requirements for the type of nurse they are. For an LPN, it is a certificate or diploma in practical nursing, and for an RN, it is an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in registered nursing. Travel nurses must also meet the licensing requirements for the state they are working in and pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).
Travel Nursing Jobs Outlook
Employment for travel nurses is expected to grow 16 percent from 2014 to 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics — that is higher than the average for all occupations. This projected growth is based on the market’s demand, including the health needs of our large, aging population.
Travel Nursing Job Salary
Median annual salary for travel nurses depends on the nurse designation: it is $44,190 for LPNs and $68,450 for RNs, according to the BLS.
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