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Travel Nurse Staffing

What is Travel Nurse Staffing?

Travel nurse staffing involves hiring registered nurses who work temporary assignments in various healthcare facilities across different geographic locations. These nurses typically travel to areas experiencing nursing shortages or high patient volumes, providing essential healthcare services while filling staffing gaps on a short-term basis.

In what context is Travel Nurse Staffing applicable?

Recruiting registered nurses (RNs) from other geographic regions to fill staffing gaps in hospitals and healthcare facilities experiencing workforce shortages.

Partnering with travel nurse staffing agencies to secure temporary nursing assignments in high-demand specialties such as critical care and labor and delivery.

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Frequently asked questions

How does travel nurse staffing benefit healthcare facilities?
Travel nurse staffing provides healthcare facilities with flexibility to address staffing shortages, maintain optimal nurse-to-patient ratios, and ensure continuity of care. It allows facilities to access a pool of experienced nurses quickly without the long-term commitment or administrative burden of hiring permanent staff.
What qualifications do travel nurses need?
Travel nurses must hold an active RN license in the state where they intend to practice and have completed a nursing program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Additional certifications and specialty training may be required depending on the assignment's requirements.
How are travel nurses compensated?
Travel nurses receive competitive compensation packages that typically include an hourly wage, housing stipend or provided housing, travel allowances, health insurance, retirement benefits, and bonuses. Compensation rates may vary based on factors such as specialty, experience, geographic location, and demand.
What is the process for hiring travel nurses?
Healthcare facilities partner with travel nurse staffing agencies to identify staffing needs and requirements. The staffing agency recruits, screens, and presents qualified candidates to the facility, which then selects and contracts with the travel nurse for the desired assignment. The agency handles administrative tasks such as payroll, benefits, and travel arrangements.
What is the difference between a travel nurse and a local travel nurse?
The primary difference lies in the geographic scope of their assignments. A travel nurse typically travels across state lines or regions to work temporary assignments, while a local travel nurse chooses assignments within their local area or nearby geographic region. Local travel nurses may have more flexibility in selecting assignments closer to home.