Shifting from Perm to Travel Nursing

April 5th, 2018 | Posted by bbarr in Travel Nursing

Through travel nursing, Registered Nurses (RN) are given the incredible opportunity to explore the nation while growing their career.

Ready to transfer from perm to travel nursing? There are a few things to know before you jump into a travel nursing position and leave your perm job behind.

A Reliable Recruiter is Key!

It’s totally normal to feel excited, nervous and/or a little unsure. Whether you have questions or need direction, finding the right agency and a reliable recruiter is the first thing you need to do. Be patient and ask a lot of questions. If you feel like an agency is not providing you the right support or your recruiter is not looking out for your best interest…run! There are hundreds of recruiters out there, sometimes even with the same travel nursing agency. Just whatever you do, don’t settle.

Already Have a Location in Mind? Get Licensed!

Before getting your hopes up on a particular location, make sure you can get licensed in time. Depending on the state, licensure can take upwards of a month to obtain, which is an issue considering most facilities prefer travelers to start within two to four weeks from the time you sign.

Get Your Certifications In-Order!

Depending on your specialty and the hospital’s specified requirements, you may need to obtain additional certifications before you are eligible to sign. You recruiter is a tool you should use in getting all your certifications in check and making sure the ones you have are correct.

With the right recruiter, required licensure and correct certifications in hand, you’re ready to make the first big step towards transitioning your career from perm-to-travel nursing!

Here’s what one of our nurses had to say about travel nursing:

“When I thought about travel nursing, it was some kind of excitement that I never felt before. I had reached out to my recruiter about a year before I had started traveling and had mentioned my fears, my goals, and my feelings of wanting to run out of my comfort zone. My recruiter at PPR travel allowed me to do just that. I wanted to explore and take opportunities that don’t come up every day. I never switched companies while I did travel nursing. The relationship between my recruiter was the best and I can’t thank her enough for being the best every day. If you want to change your life as a nurse, go explore with PPR!”

Ready to dive into the world of travel nursing? Click here to contact a recruiter today!

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