What is a “Travel” Nurse?

Travel nursing started out as a response to a shortage of available nurses – where industry nurses were called upon to travel to work in temporary nursing positions, mostly in hospitals. Today it refers to any healthcare professional that takes on a temporary healthcare assignment, of varying length. While travel nursing does refer specifically to the nursing profession it is also a blanket term that can refer to a variety of health professions including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology and even doctors and dentists.

Nurses often pursue travel nursing to take advantage of the higher pay, professional growth and development, as well as a bit of travel and adventure.

Travel nurses usually sign-up with a travel nursing recruitment agency to act as their intermediary and negotiator for assignments at hospitals – but nurses may also work as independent contractors. 

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