Traveling as a nurse opens up a world of opportunities in various specialties and work environments. As a registered nurse (RN), you have the option to work in a range of settings, from inpatient units to community clinics, and in locations spanning urban, suburban, and rural areas. There are also some LPN/LVN job options available.
Do you dream of working in an academic medical center, a specialty practice, or a small community clinic? You’re in luck! Travel nurse assignments to suit your needs can be found throughout the country. And let’s not forget about the attractive compensation and benefits, including free housing, that are available to travel nurses.
But which travel nurse specialties are currently in high demand? According to the recruiters at American Mobile, there are six specialties that stand out:
Emergency Room (ER) Travel Nurses
Working as an emergency nurse is always in high demand. You’ll be operating in a fast-paced environment, caring for patients dealing with traumas or critical illnesses. Patients of all ages, including those with mental health issues, will arrive at the ER seeking care. As an ER travel nurse, you’ll need to remain calm, possess strong clinical skills, and have excellent communication abilities. Facilities hiring ER travel nurses expect them to hit the ground running with minimal orientation.
Learn more: ER Travel Nurse Specialty Jobs
Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Travel Nurses
ICU nursing is another sought-after specialty for travel assignments. In the ICU, you’ll care for high-risk patients with life-threatening conditions or injuries. Working closely with physicians, patients, and their loved ones, ICU nurses must have impeccable communication skills. This challenging specialty demands the ability to handle frequent changes, manage stress effectively, and rely on critical thinking skills. Adaptability to new environments and proficiency in the facility’s electronic medical record system are also crucial for travel nurses specializing in critical care.
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Progressive Care Unit (PCU) Travel Nurses
Progressive care unit nursing is consistently in demand for travel nurses. In the PCU, nurses monitor patients who do not require intensive care but are not ready for regular beds or discharge from the hospital. These patients may have chronic health conditions or be recovering from surgeries, often requiring multiple medications and posing an increased risk for complications. Communication, close monitoring, and effective teamwork with other members of the care team are vital for PCU nurses to ensure the patient’s recovery.
Learn more: PCU Travel Nurse Specialty Jobs
Telemetry Travel Nurses
Telemetry nurses closely monitor their patients’ vital signs and heart rhythms in intermediate care units. They specialize in using and interpreting technological devices to monitor internal functioning and vital signs, especially in patients recovering from cardiac surgery or complications. Telemetry travel nurses also assist doctors with procedures and administer medications as needed. Certifications can enhance candidates’ chances of securing their desired telemetry travel assignments.
Learn more: Telemetry Travel Nurse Specialty Jobs
Labor and Delivery (L&D) Travel Nurses
Labor and delivery nurses are in high demand as well. These nurse specialists work in maternity units, where they assist women throughout the birthing process, including Cesarean sections. They also provide antepartum care to women with high-risk pregnancies and offer postpartum care and instructions on newborn care. L&D travel nurses must monitor fetal and maternal health, provide encouragement and support, and excel in communication. Experience and certifications in basic or advanced life support and neonatal resuscitation are typically required for travel positions.
Learn more: L&D Travel Nurse Specialty Jobs
Pediatric Travel Nurses
Caring for ill and injured children is a rewarding aspect of this nurse specialty, which focuses on patients from birth to 18 years of age. Pediatric travel nurses not only attend to the children but also provide support to their parents and family members. Working in pediatrics requires top-notch clinical skills, infinite amounts of patience, compassion, and the ability to make the experience enjoyable for young patients. Effective communication with children, teens, and adults is crucial, as is educating patients and their families on managing a child’s chronic conditions or special needs.
In addition to travel assignments in pediatric offices and hospitals, pediatric nurses can specialize in subspecialties such as pediatric oncology nursing, PICU nursing, and pediatric ER nursing, among others.
Learn more: Pediatric Travel Nurse Specialty Jobs
How to Become a Travel Nurse
With the high demand for these and other travel nurse specialties, why wait? Join the ranks of highly skilled nurses exploring the country with DHPL Travels.
Travel nursing offers a chance to embark on new adventures, meet interesting people, learn alternative approaches to healthcare, and earn excellent compensation. While typical assignments last for 13 weeks, contracts can range from 4 to 26 weeks or even longer.
To become a travel nurse with DHPL Travels, you must have graduated from an accredited nursing school and preferably have at least a year of experience in your desired nurse specialty. Our recruitment team will gladly answer any questions you have, help you find your ideal assignment, and take care of all the logistics, from interview preparations to obtaining a new state license and setting you up in free housing near your assignment facility.
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