A lot of travel agencies require a year of nursing.
From what I’ve seen in researching travel assignments, 1 year is standard, but I agree with most on this one. If you don’t have a solid 5 years under your belt where you feel ready to jump into anything, then it can be a really tough gig. Although I’ve never done it myself, I’ve spent a lot of time talking to those who have and it’s very fast pace. You need to really have the basics down Pat, like physical assessment, med administration, etc… so that your focus can be on learning the charting systems, pumps, and protocols quickly. Keep in mind that even though you’re a traveler, you’re still legally responsible for what happens under your care, and getting to that comfort level can take a while.
I wouldn’t feel comfortable traveling with less than 2 years experience. I have almost 8 years experience and I just started working with a travel agency picking up PRN shifts. It’s a very fast paced onboarding, as in like you follow a nurse for one patient and then you are thrown into the rotation to take patients and chart and manage patient care by yourself. So if you are uncomfortable with that concept then you are not ready to travel.
Minimum 5 Years
Minimum requirements for most agencies is 1 year, but it depends on how comfortable you are in your speciality. I took my first assignment after 2 years. You get little to no orientation so you need to be ready to hit the ground running.