Are you interested in entering the traveling nursing industry, but just don’t know where to start? While specific travel nursing requirements vary from company to company, there are four main requirements that every travel nursing company asks of their clients. The good news is that these requirements are pretty simple!

Become a Nursing Program Graduate

First things first, you need to be a registered nurse. You must be able to prove that you have graduated from an accredited nursing program, and have a nursing license in the United States.

Licensing for the Right State

Travel nurses should be aware of compact states when reviewing upcoming travel opportunities. If your license is in a compact state, and you are assigned to a different compact state, no further licensing is required. You may be assigned to a state where you are not certified. In this case, LRS Healthcare will reimburse the cost of the licensing that is required for your upcoming assignment. However, LRS will not reimburse nurses for licenses that were acquired before they became an LRS client. Every LRS recruiter is eager to work with you and will ensure that your licensing requirements are obtained in a hassle-free manner.

Compact states:

  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin

Experience is Key

Most travel nursing companies look for applicants who have 1-2 years of experience. Some specialties, such as surgical or rehabilitation, require 2 or more years of experience. LRS Healthcare travel nursing applicants must have at least a full year of experience after nursing school in his or her desired specialty.

Take the Skills Assessment Test

A Skills Assessment Test is part of every travel nursing company’s application process. Assessments are designed to understand the amount of experience a nurse has with specific patients, treatments, and equipment. The test is tailored to the career path chosen by the applicant. For example, a nurse with a background in neonatal care would take a neonatal Skills Assessment Test and would be asked questions directed toward that specialty.

Other Application Requirements

Beyond meeting the basic requirements, be prepared to include the following in your LRS application:

  • An up-to-date resume with contact information.
  • Two reference letters that were written by superiors you worked with within the last six months.

Let’s Get Started!

You meet all the travel nurse requirements, and you’ve got your resume and references ready to go. What’s next? Apply today to be a travel nurse for LRS Healthcare! Once you’ve submitted your Skills Assessment Test, you can expect to receive a quick reply from LRS Healthcare. We look forward to hearing from you!