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Getting Started in in Travel Nursing

If you’re interested in becoming a travel nurse, you probably have a lot of questions. How do I get started? How do I find the right travel nurse agency? What should I expect on my first day?

Good news - Supplemental Health Care is here to help. We’ve been helping travel nurses get started and grow their careers for more than 37 years.

We’ve put together a step-by-step guide to help you get started. And remember, you don’t have jet set to the opposite coast to be a travel nurse. There are plenty of travel options closer to home to help you get comfortable with your agency and the realities of traveling.

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SHC has more than 37 years of experience helping travel nurses find great assignments across the U.S. We’re here to help.

5 Steps to Your First Assignment

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Experience & Licensing: Most agencies require 1-2 years of recent RN experience, and your state/compact licenses will impact where you can travel
Ask the Right Questions: You’ll spend a lot of time working with your recruiter, so start by asking the right questions. We’ve put together some specific questions to help.
Decide what you’re looking for: Setting, location, facility size, and many other factors are all part of finding the right fit for you
Find a fit: You may be presented to more than one facility before finding the perfect role. This can take a little time, but it’s worth it to find what you want
Day 1: Your recruiter can guide you on travel arrangements, housing, compliance, and what to expect on your first day. Now the fun can start!
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"I would advise any nurse to start considering travel assignments. It can be scary at first to leave a staff position, but this has by far been the best decision I have made for myself and my career. I love meeting new people and traveling, and now I get to do both of those things that I love, and the best part is that it is my job!” 

Connections that Fuel Miracles

When you’re considering your first travel nurse job, having the right partner is critical. You want someone you can trust to make the process easy, so you can focus on enjoying your travel assignment and providing exceptional patient care.

Supplemental Health Care has been a leading travel nurse agency for over 37 years. We offer options coast-to-coast in hospitals, home health, schools, behavioral health, corrections, and everywhere else that care is delivered.

But more importantly, we understand what it takes to support travel nurses. Our working travel nurses have rated SHC’s service as world-class, with scores that place SHC among such loved brands as Netflix, Apple, and Southwest Airlines.

We believe that when caring travel nurses have the support they need to focus on patient care, miraculous things are possible.

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