What are travel nurse jobs? They are jobs available for qualified candidates from countries such as the Philippines, India, Australia, Canada, and others, to work in the United States or Canada. That is because of the lack of qualified nurses in those countries.
Your background must include psychiatric care, pediatrics, midwifery, adult clinical medicine and adult clinical surgery. You must have a nursing license in your home country.
You must not have a criminal record, and you must qualify for a VISA. You need to pass a test for written English, scoring 4.0 or better. You must score 50 or higher on a test of spoken English and must get 540 or higher on a test of English as a foreign language. You will not have to take the exams if you are from the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or Ireland. You will still have to take the test if you are from Quebec.
If you get one of the travel nurse jobs, you can expect to earn much more money than at a traditional nursing job. That is even truer if you come from a third world company. As for benefits, you will receive insurance, including health, life, dental, and vision. You may receive housing benefits and be reimbursed for official trips. You may even receive retirement plans and continued education allowances.
If you think you would like a job as a nurse and would like to travel, you might first consider why you would like that type of job. That might make it easier to find a job that would meet your goals. List all the reasons you want the job.
After that you should update your list of references and update your resume. List all your work experiences, and don’t forget to list your specialties. Consider whether you could handle being away from home and your home country for a long time. Who would pay your bills, your utilities? Who would feed your pet, water your plant?
Once you have submitted your resumes and references, you might expect to get phone calls about nursing jobs. If you receive several, evaluate them. You might be better off picking a company that has a proven record in dealing with nurses. Use the Internet to get travel information.
Show recruiters you are flexible. Complete all your paperwork. If you have a place in mind that you would like to work, tell your recruiter.
Read everything before signing any employment contract. Have a lawyer review your contract. Keep everything your recruiter has sent you.
You may wonder how your job will affect your family. Many assignments last only 13 weeks, and many agencies who hire the nurses allow the nurses to pick jobs that meet their needs–as far as location, pay, professional considerations, benefits, and accommodating the nurse’s family. You may even work for someone who will provide rooms for your family members.
To learn more about RN careers, visit the Travel Nurse Jobs page for more information and how to apply for a job.