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Featured Career: Travel Nurse

Featured Career: Travel Nurse

August 14, 2009

Travel Nurse

Travel nurses are licensed nurses who travel to areas of the country that are most affected by the nursing shortage. Most of these positions fill staff nurse roles in critical care settings. These nurses may work through an agency, registry, or as an independent contractor. Travel nurses must have at least 1-2years of work experience and a valid nursing license in the state he/she plans or working.

Median Salary $60,010

Education Requirements Travel nurses may either be Licensed Practical/Licensed Nurses or Registered Nurses. LPN/LVNs require a one-year certification program or an Associate Degree. A Registered Nurse may hold either an Associate Degree in Nursing or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Both must pass the NCLEX exam in order to become licensed.

Job Outlook Travel nursing, and nursing in general, is one of the fastest growing occupations in the country. As the nursing shortage grows, travel nurses will be needed more than ever in order to fill vacant staff positions around the nation. Despite the shortage, there is an increasing desire for Registered Nurses with Bachelor degrees.

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