Interested in becoming a professional Travel Nurse? There are several things you can do to prepare yourself for this exciting career path, no matter how far along you are in your career.
Follow our top 6 recommendations and you’ll be more likely to land your first assignment in no time at all!
1. Get the Appropriate Education
While there are Travel Nursing positions available for many nursing designations, including Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and Registered Practical Nurse (RPN), a majority of assignments seek Registered Nurses (RN).
If you are a student with a desire to work as a Travel Nurse, let that information guide you when choosing which program to complete. If you are already finished school, there may be a position available for your designation and specialty. Contact us today to see which opportunities are open to you.
2. Get Experience
To work as a Travel Nurse through Select Medical Connections, you are required to have at least 1 year of experience working as a nurse within Canada. Travel Nursing requires adaptability, and having a solid foundation of experience will prepare you to adjust to the new environment you’ll be working in, regardless of the location.
3. Be Flexible
You may come into Travel Nursing with a specific goal or desire in mind. While we do our best to place nurses into their ‘dream’ assignments, we are slightly limited by the needs of the medical facilities we work with. For example, if you are an LPN who wants to work for 2 months in Vancouver that is fantastic if we have an appropriate position available for you, but if not, that doesn’t mean that you’ll have a less awesome experience in another location.
Our Recruiters are trained to learn as much about our Travel Nurses as possible, and to know as much as they can about our assignment locations too. This knowledge allows them to recommend placements to you based on what they know about you and about each destination. Maybe you’ve never heard of Bella Coola, but our Recruiters think you’d love it there. Be open to suggestion! Explore the possibilities and consider every opportunity, as your ‘dream assignment’ may actually be somewhere you just haven’t heard of yet.
4. Apply Now!
When you apply to work as a Travel Nurse with Select Medical Connections, you are not committing to going out on an assignment. Applying to work with us is only opening the door for a conversation between you an one of our Recruiters, so that they can get to know you a little bit better and start presenting you with opportunities that may peak your interest.
The sooner you get in touch with our Recruitment Team, the sooner you’ll be able to see the types of assignments we can offer you and begin planning your leap into the wonderful field of Travel Nursing.
5. Prepare Yourself For An Adventure!
Travel Nursing is a whole lot of fun and a whole lot of reward! And also a little bit of planning too. While our Recruiters can help you find an assignment that can accommodate children, pets, or other personal preferences, if you want to hit the road as soon as possible it is best that you have a plan in order if a fantastic work opportunity arises.
Ask a friend of family member if they’d be willing to stop by your home every once in a while to collect mail, water the plants and check on things. If you have a pet but are open to leaving them with a friend or family member while you’re away, establish a plan with that person so that you know which dates they can and cannot care for your furry friend. If you have a car, think of whether you’d drive it out with you or leave it parked at home. Some Travel Nurses even Airbnb their home while they’re out on assignment, which requires extra preparation beforehand.
Get your ducks in a row or you may end up with squirrels at a rave when the perfect opportunity comes up.
6. Follow The Industry
Stay caught up on what’s new in Travel Nursing and find advice in our Travel Talk blog. This is where we post industry news, highlights of assignment locations, advice and more.