FAQ

What are the advantages of a career as a travel nurse?

A career as a Travel Nurse enables you to take charge of your own professional development in a way that isn’t possible within the confines of the normal staff position. The travel nurse has the opportunity to explore the country and expand their professional skills in a variety of healthcare settings. In most cases the Travel Nurse can vastly increase or even double their income, while steering clear of the usual office politics!

  • Question: How do I become a travelling nurse?
  • Answer: You may apply online help recruiters understand the career path you choose. It also helps to evaluate your skill/experience level.

 

  • Question: Are there minimum requirements to become an nurse traveler?
  • Answer: You must have a degree from an accredited healthcare program in the U.S. or Canada. MMS requires that any of our candidates have one year of clinical experience.
  • Question: If I send in an application am I obligated?
  • Answer: NO! Your application is only used to qualify you for a position. The decision to travel with the partners is your decision to reach.
  • Question: When should I start preparing to start an travel nurse assignment?
  • Answer: It’s best to start as early as possible. Sometimes recruiters allow 2 to 3 months in advance, especially when preparing for the census rush for states like Florida.
  • Question: Is there a placement fee to become a travelling nurse?
  • Answer: Absolutely not.
  • Question: What is the salary of a travelling nurse?
  • Answer: Pay varies from state to state and from facility to facility. Pay in some areas might be as low as $16.00 an hour and in some area it may be in excess of $40.00 an hour. Often hospitals will offer sizeable completion bonuses and the entire amount is passed directly to you the traveler.
  • Question: How do travel nurses get paid?
  • Answer: Most nursing assignments are for 13 weeks. Many times the hospital will offer 26-week assignments. Travelers are given as much flexibility as possible.

 

  • Question: Are there many assignments available?
  • Answer: Yes. Thousands of assignments available all across the U.S. Whether you want to be in a large city or a small town. So, whether its Alaska, Florida, California, New York, or any of the other 46 states, there will be an assignment for you.

 

  • Question: If I decide on an assignment what exactly happens?
  • Answer: A copy of your application, skills checklist, references, and credentials are submitted to the hospital you choose. You will normally be presented with the start date, unit, and shift you desire. A one on one phone interview between you and the hospital. We suggest that our nurses/techs prepare questions ahead of time. Be prepared, is the best suggestion.
  • Question: Will the hospital offer me the job right away?
  • Answer: Possibly. The hospital may offer you the job on the phone. They may wait to discuss the assignment with us. If the hospital really needs your services they might offer you the job immediately and ask if you can start immediately. Each assignment is different. Remember you are highly sought after!
  • Question: After the 13 weeks is over what can I do?
  • Answer: Most contracts are 13-week assignments. When your assignment is completed you have several options. You might want to re-new for another 13 weeks; you might want to go to another assignment; you might want to go home. The options are yours. You decide what is best for you.

 

  • Question: If I want the assignment what happens next?
  • Answer: Once your recruiter confirms your start date, shift, unit, and pay you will receive a confirmation package in the mail. The packet spells out everything about your new assignment.

 

  • Question: How do most people get to their new assignment?
  • Answer: Drive your car. You maintain the mobility to see all the new sights. It is called” travel nursing” for a reason. Enjoy yourself and your new life-style.

 

  • Question: I am really concerned about housing. What can I expect?
  • Answer: Most apartments will be fully furnished and the utilities will be on. In many cases we will provide you with phone and cable. Your new home will be available to you at least 48 hours before your start date. If your start date is on a Monday, your housing will be available on the Friday before that. We give you plenty of time to get moved in.