Omaha, NE (PRWEB) July 26, 2012
Aureus Medical Group (web: aureusmedical.com), a nationwide leader in healthcare staffing and one of the largest in the field of travel nursing, releases the primary requirements for a career as a travel nurse. With the rising demand for RNs due to the aging baby boomer population and the increase in nurses entering retirement, travel nursing is becoming among the most popular of healthcare careers.
Hospitals rely on travel nurses to augment their core staff when faced with shortages. Healthcare professionals find the career appealing due to the ability to work in their chosen field and travel the country at the same time. A travel nurse works on contract at a facility, generally through a travel nursing agency, and most often for periods of 13 weeks or more.
1. Understand what a career in travel nursing involves. Key qualities of a successful travel nurse are flexibility, the ability to absorb information and instruction quickly, a willingness to contribute immediately as part of the healthcare team, and a sensitivity to different backgrounds and cultures that may be encountered while on assignment. In addition, because a travel nurse is filling the facility’s gaps in staffing, she may or may not be scheduled for preferred shifts and rotations. However, she may request that the travel nursing agency specifically identify available contract positions that meet her schedule preferences.
2. Achieve certification. A travel nurse must be an RN, LPN, LVN, NP, or APN. There are various avenues to obtaining the necessary education, including earning a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, a two-year Associate's degree, or taking a hospital licensure program. A variety of schools also offer an accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). For those who have already obtained a bachelor’s degree and are looking to make a career change, this is a viable option.
3. Gain experience in a hospital setting. Before being eligible for a contract assignment as a travel nurse, clinical experience is required. The minimum requirement primarily depends on factors such as area of specialty and the parameters provided by facility. Many hospitals and medical facilities require travel nursing staff to have a minimum of 12 to 18 months of clinical experience, while most LPN/LVN positions require at least six years.
As released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in February 2012, registered nursing is indicated as the top occupation in terms of job growth through 2020.
ABOUT AUREUS MEDICAL GROUP:
Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing specializing in the successful placement of Nursing, Advanced Practice, Cardiopulmonary, Diagnostic Imaging, Medical Laboratory, Neurodiagnostics, Radiation Oncology, and Rehabilitation Therapy professionals, as well as Physicians, in hospitals and medical facilities nationwide. With more than 25 years of experience, Aureus Medical offers a full range of staffing options, including national contract (travel), local contract, and direct hire. Aureus Medical is the largest division of Omaha-based C&A Industries, a leading provider of human capital management solutions for more than 40 years.