How Long is a Travel Nurse Contract?

Author: Coast Medical Service

Posted: October 19, 2021


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How Do Travel Nurse Contracts Work?

Travel nurses (also referred to as travel RNs) are employed by a nurse staffing agency and work in various healthcare settings such as hospitals, urgent care clinics, and private practices. The staffing agency and healthcare recruiter works with each travel nurse to find the best travel RN contract for their skills and interests. Nursing professionals can find travel nurse contracts where they currently live, or in areas they would like to visit for several weeks or months. Accepting a travel RN contract can offer the perfect blend of flexibility, opportunity, and adventure.

Securing a travel nurse contract position can be an excellent chance for recent graduates of nursing programs to gain valuable experience, make new friends and professional contacts, and earn an excellent salary. One of the many benefits of travel RN contracts is that the compensation rate is not contingent upon your years of experience. For newer nurses, it’s a great way to launch a career.

Travel Nurse Requirements During COVID-19

Travel nurses need to be licensed nurses in good standing. Additional certifications are only required for certain specialty areas such as surgical and pediatrics.

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals are going to great lengths to recruit qualified nurses. If you’re willing to accept a travel nurse contract in a location where the need is great, you’ll discover that the crisis compensation rates have skyrocketed. In some areas, you can earn up to $6,000 a week or more to assist patients hospitalized with the delta variant.

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What Are Travel Nurse Contract Assignments Like?

Each travel RN contract is unique based on the location, setting, and area of specialty. There are open positions all over the United States for general nurses and nursing professionals with experience in emergency rooms, operating rooms, including surgical technicians, CNAs, LVNs, and allied health professionals.

Regardless of the position, general responsibilities may include:

  • Speaking with patients about their symptoms and health histories
  • Taking and recording vital health measurements
  • Delivering information for improving health
  • Explaining medications or treatment plans to patients and their families
  • Collaborating with other medical professionals to provide quality patient care

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How Long are Travel Nurse Contracts?

Typical travel RN contracts are 13 weeks. However, the contract length has become more flexible in recent years, and assignments can range from 2 months to 6 months – or even longer. Additionally, some healthcare companies offer extension upgrades and bonuses.

Where Would You Like to Travel as a Contract Travel Nurse? Coast Medical Service Can Help!

Working with Coast Medical Service can help you achieve your professional and personal goals. We work to fill staffing shortages throughout the United States in nursing and allied health positions. Visit our current openings and then read our testimonials to gain a better understanding of why we’re a respected staffing agency. By working together, we can help you find the perfect place for your talents! Contact us today.

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