Travel Nurse Job Search Tips

Searching for a travel nurse job involves a combination of factors. One of the issues is a basic question of definitions. Some travel nurse jobs are the traditional “move to another area for a six-month/one-year tour” type; others really mean travel, like regional nursing.

Realize the Issues in Your Travel Nurse Job Search

The “travel factor” really does make a difference, particularly if you’re moving halfway across the country to do it. There are various factors which you need to consider when looking at these jobs:

  • The experience value: Some travel nurse jobs are excellent career jobs. They’re like a resume in themselves, and you can gain some significant nursing credentials in the process.
  • Self-starting jobs: These are the real “travel” jobs, usually regional. You get quite a bit of independence in some of these jobs, and you can also operate your own schedule your way, which often appeals to the experienced travel nurses who prefer to hit the ground running to get the work moving.
  • Downsides: There can be downsides to these jobs, not least of which that they’re often extremely hard work, particularly the regional nursing work.
  • Salary: The pay issue really matters over time, even if you’re working in a hospital. All other considerations aside, you can wind up behind or ahead in some travel nurse jobs. If your travel cost more than you make, you need a compelling reason to go for these jobs. Make sure you do the numbers when you’re job hunting, so you get a good job where you wind up financially ahead.

Use Professional Sites

The general rule for professional jobs is “use professional sites rather than the job boards.” For nurses that’s pretty accurate. A site called Nursing Jobs, a professional nursing site servicing the U.S. and Canada, will help. You can also post your resume on this site.

Employers contact the site, Nursing Jobs contacts you, and if you’re interested you can follow up on the inquiry. It’s a useful passive job search option. This is a top-ranking site on Google, so you can be sure your resume will get checked out.

The good news for travel nurse job hunters is that travel nurse jobs are advertised as such. Just enter “travel nurse” as your search term, and you will easily find what’s available.

Refine Your Search

The next stage is a bit more difficult. You’ll need to refine the travel nurse job search to find your area of specialty, unless you’re a generalist nurse. The simple option is to use terms that refer only to your special area.

Note: Do not use generic terms, or terms that apply to other areas of nursing. You can get pages of useless results. Try “pediatrics” or some other defining term which excludes other possible results. If you’re a senior nurse, you can also use your degree as a qualifying search term, which will remove the jobs you don’t want. 

This is another reason for using the professional sites as much as possible. The travel nurse jobs are better laid out, and you’ll find your jobs much more easily.