Frequently Asked Questions by Travel Nurses
GIFTED Healthcare matches exceptional nurses with the most in-demand jobs nation wide. Founded by nurses, for nurses, we value trust, dependability, and exceptional care. We understand what goes into finding the best fit for both healthcare facilities and our providers. Our whole team believes in the importance of building up personal relationships with all of our clients.
We want to help you make the leap into travel nursing! The day-to-day work of a travel nurse may be similar to staff nursing, but travel nurses have the freedom and flexibility to move around the country. Travel nurses receive an orientation at each facility and quickly get to show their talent for rolling up their sleeves and jumping right in.
We’ve gathered the most frequently asked travel nursing questions and answers for you here. Want to learn more about working with GIFTED? Apply now and talk to a recruiter today!
What is the orientation process like?
Most facilities provide an orientation to the essential systems you’ll use day-to-day. Maggie, our CNO, and the rest of our clinical support team will help you get the information and support you need to be successful. While the orientations will vary by facility, our recruiters strive to match you to the best fit environment.
What specialties have the most jobs available?
While LTAC, ER, OR, ICU, MedSurg, Telemetry, and Labor and Delivery tend to have many jobs available consistently, demand does fluctuate.
What about benefits like disability and health insurance?
GIFTED Nurses and Clinicians enjoy a comprehensive list of benefits that include:
- Premium Pay – we personalize your pay package to fit your needs
- Recruiters who work nonstop to find you the perfect assignment
- Personal career coaching and dedicated colleagues to help you reach your personal and professional goals
- Day ONE health, dental, and vision insurance
- Short-term disability and affordable life insurance
- Birthday gifts delivered straight to you!
- Generous referral bonuses – get paid to work with your friends!
- Chief Nursing Officer available to you 24/7
- Weekly or daily pay (when applicable)
- Ability to work in premier facilities
How will working as a travel nurse affect future employment?
Traveling as a nurse increases your skill level and could make you a more eligible candidate for future nursing jobs.
- Various travel nursing assignments around the country expose you to different regional nursing procedures.
- You may obtain relevant experience in a wider variety of specialties.
- Future employers notice the unique skills required of travel nurses. You prove that you can orient quickly to new clinical environments and successfully care for patients efficiently and with high quality.
Can I travel with family, a significant other or friend?
This is often one of the first questions we get asked and the answer is a resounding yes! Many travel nurses have partners come on the road with them. If your travel partner or significant other is not a nurse, it is very possible to figure out a way to travel together. Many careers offer flexibility or remote employment options or have periods of extended leave available.
Can I travel with a pet?
Absolutely! Many travelers bring along their pets. Our staff even rounded up the best advice for bringing your furry pal on the road. When it comes to traveling with a pet, housing is often the biggest hurdle. While it’s a fact that many buildings do have pet restrictions, you still have lots of options or may elect to take a housing stipend.
How long are assignments?
Assignment (you’ll sometimes see them called contracts, too) lengths vary, but they are typically around 13 weeks. However, you can find both longer and shorter assignments. Flexibility is one of the greatest things about travel nursing! And there’s nothing holding you back from taking a break between assignments.
How much experience do I need?
Many facilities ask for at least one year of experience in your specialty, preferably in a hospital setting, before you can become a travel nurse. Some healthcare facilities require two or more years of experience, and others require previous travel nursing experience. We suggest speaking with your GIFTED Healthcare recruiter to explore the options that work best for you.
Can I pick my city?
Depending on your nursing specialty and what is in demand, you can pick where you want to go! Your preferred city may not immediately be available, but there are many great travel opportunities in new places to explore.
What’s the pay like?
Because of the high demand, travel nursing often pays very well. In addition, travel nursing agencies pay for your housing while on assignment. Your compensation varies based on skill level, specialty, and facilities. Also, travel nursing with GIFTED offers great bonus programs and provides a wide range of benefits.