Your Guide to Traveling as a Healthcare Professional

Your Guide to Traveling as a Healthcare Professional

Mar 10, 2022

With times continuously changing within the healthcare staffing industry, now more than ever healthcare professionals are ditching their permanent staffing job and taking the leap into traveling. The opportunity to travel the country while also working in your dream career as a healthcare professional is exciting, but there are some needed steps to becoming a traveler. We asked the experts in recruiting to create a guide for people like yourself looking for how to get started. Read more and learn how to get started on your traveling career with GetMed Staffing! 


Let’s take a look: 

What is Travel Nursing?  

The skinny: It is a lot like what it sounds like - traveling while working your dream job as a healthcare professional! Instead of your typical staff nurse position at one facility, a traveler works in a short-term temporary position to provide care to many facilities. As a traveling healthcare professional, you step in for anywhere from 7-26 weeks to provide temporary medical assistance to patients in hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities across the country. Now, more than ever, traveling healthcare professionals are being utilized for open positions to provide the necessary care needed. 

Traveling healthcare positions are on the rise as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Staffing Industry Analysts, 83% of hospitals and health systems are experiencing nursing shortages. Long term, the Healthcare sector will continue to struggle with a supply and demand imbalance due to an aging clinician labor force and U.S. population. As the healthcare industry continues to face staffing shortages because of the high demands, the healthcare travel industry is paving the way for healthcare professionals to gain access to the benefits of their hard work. 


Who can be a Travel Nurse? 

If you have successfully completed training programs on becoming a registered nurse as well as have at least one year of experience in your specialty, you can become a traveling healthcare professional.  


Steps to Becoming a Traveling Healthcare Professional:  

Travel nursing gets a lot of publicity because of the perks it has to offer like traveling the country, competitive pay, experience, flexibility, and the difference it is making in others’ lives. Before you jump in, get informed on the steps on becoming a traveler and the requirements needed: 

  1. Ensure the Education Requirements are Met: 

First, the initial requirement to become a traveling nurse is having an active nursing license with either an Associate’s Degree in Nursing (AND) or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). 

  1. Gain Industry Experience

Most hospitals require travel nurses to have a minimum of two years of relevant nursing experience. Travelers must have a deep understanding of the foundation of nursing and how to apply knowledge because of the urgency needed to jump hands-on immediately after starting your assignment. 

  1. The Exciting Part: What are YOUR Goals?! 

Our team is passionate about helping you achieve your goals; whether you desire to make more money, explore the country, or check off the bucket-list items, our team is here for you! After you have your experience, we can get the ball rolling on preparing the necessary compliance, license, and certifications needed to submit you to assignments. 

  1. Land that Assignment!  

There is no better time than now to go after your goals! Take your career to the next level and have fun while doing it. Our GetMed Staffing Team is here to help you check off your bucket list while working in your dream career. 


Why Travel: The Perks - Pay and Benefits 

After deciding you’d like to travel, choosing a healthcare staffing agency that prioritizes you and your needs is the next step! At GetMed Staffing your experience will be unique to you. Our team works hard to provide you with not only great perks, but also a great relationship to lean on when you need it. Here is an inside look at the benefits you get when you partner with GetMed Staffing: 

  • Competitive paying assignments 
  • Ability to adventure on days off 
  • Benefits – Medical (health, dental, vision) insurance, 401K + Company match, life insurance. 
  • Customized Housing Options 
  • License and Certificate Reimbursement 
  • Referral Program 
  • Flexibility: travel with a pet, take a break to go on a mission trip, bring a friend along for the ride; the possibilities are endless! 

There are so many perks you are provided when you travel with GetMed Staffing but our team tops them all. Our experience and care allow our team to connect with you on a deeper level to learn about your career drivers and help you further them! So, whether you’re looking to transition your skillset from a permanent position toward becoming a traveling healthcare professional or adding another assignment to your completed list, our team is here for you! Healthcare professionals are more in-demand than ever and with an increasing number of open positions, travelers can earn more money, have more flexibility, and travel the country while working in the healthcare industry. 

Ready to Go?  

Learn more about starting your adventure with GetMed Staffing by connecting with a recruiter here