After all those long and tiring years in nursing school, entering into a hospital or chucking in your career may be the last thing you wish to do. Fear not! If you want to work as a nurse and travel the world, it’s still possible. Becoming a travel nurse is one of the best ways to pivot your existing career into a more nomadic, travel friendly one.
Fortunately, nursing is a career that is in high demand all around the world. Whether you are just graduating from nursing school or considering a change in career, here’s how you can get work as a travel nurse.
FIND AN AGENCY
You could search various job boards on the internet for nursing positions worldwide. However, to make your situation easier you may want to consider looking for a good travel nursing agency. Start by checking out a few websites and do some background research.
- How long has the agency been around?
- How many nurses do they assist with finding work each year?
- What are their testimonials?
Understanding the agency’s background and reputation will help you filter through a good experience from a bad experience.
TAKE YOUR GEAR WITH YOU
In preparation for work as a travel nurse, bring all the gear you’ll need with you. If you’re overseas it can be hard to find everything you need.
Since you’re on your feet all the time, make sure you pack your favorite pair of shoes. Having the best shoes is imperative as a a nurse. The days can be long when you’re working a shorter travel nursing contracts.
When you travel to different countries you may find that the resources and shops available are different or they may not exist at all. Get all your supplies and essentials will keep you on top of your nursing experience. In addition to that, having the right clothes can make the difference between a good day and a bad day abroad.
PREPARE YOUR DOCUMENTATION
There are nursing jobs open both in the country you are currently living in and also abroad. Depending on where you want to travel and nurse, there will be a variety of different documentation required to get the job.
If it’s in your own country, you will have to have the appropriate licenses and certificates to qualify for the positions available.
If you’re seeking to travel abroad and nurse, there will be a variety of visa requirements, official documents that may nee verification, and more.
NETWORK AND GET ADVICE
When you’re travelling to a different place, you are likely not to know anything about the local experience.
Start by networking with other nurses in the area you want to go to find out what life may be like. In addition to that, you can also obtain a few recommendations for places to work, places to live, and places to eat.
Be prepared and enjoy your travels as you nurse your patients worldwide!