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Getting Started in Travel Nursing

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Complete nursing program and pass N-CLEX

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Hold an active license in the state you wish to work

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Gain 1-2 years of clinical experience in your specialty

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Work with a staffing agency to find the right job

Qualifications for Travel Nursing

If you're interested in becoming a travel nurse, you will first need to successfully complete your education in a nursing program.
  • For registered nurses (RN) you will need to graduate with either an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).
  • For licensed practical nurses and licensed vocational nurses (LPN/LVN), you must obtain a licensed practical nursing certificate from your program or an Associate of Applied Science (AAS).
Next, you will need to pass the N-CLEX and obtain your nursing license in your home state or the state you want to work in. After gaining 1-2 years of clinical experience in your nursing specialty, you'll be ready to partner with a travel nursing agency to find your first assignment!

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Travel Nursing with SHC

Whatever drives you as a travel nurse, Supplemental Health Care can connect you to jobs that match your lifestyle, passions, and career goals. We offer the national travel nursing jobs, perks, and great pay that you’re looking for, but more importantly, we offer the award-winning support and long-term partnership you need in your travel nursing career.

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"This past year has been an incredible journey of self-reflection and personal growth. I give a lot of that credit to travel nursing, having experienced so much and done so many things I never would have done back home!"
- Nikki, RN -
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Meet Our Travel Nurses!

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Mental Health & Wellness Resources

SHC has partnered with Operation Happy Nurse to bring mental health and wellness resources to you! OHN provides a community focused on supporting nurses with stress management, fitness and nutrition, social events, crisis resources, and much more. Membership is free for all nurses regardless of specialty, tenure, or location.

Choose Your Next Destination


With almost forty states participating in a multi-state nursing licensure Compact, there have never been more choices in assignments for travel nurses and advanced practice providers.

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