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Are there internships available for travel nursing?

My goal is to be a travel nurse, after receiving a bachelors degree in registered nursing. #travel-nurse #passion #nursing #internships #medicine

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Rosie’s Answer

No unfortunately there aren't any for travel nursing. I will tell you that the #1 requirement is at least a year of hospital experience before any travel company will even consider you.

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Research different travel company's and call them with questions about their specific requirements.
Thank you comment icon Since travel assignments are usually 13 weeks employers are usually looking for nurses who are experienced in a certain field of specialty! It’s good to at least work to get a year of medical surgical experience to build on, then train for a specific specialty before going on a travel assignment! Patricia Carter
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Patricia’s Answer

Missions like Mercy Mission Ships often offer internships for travel! But it’s best to work for a company that offers a Nurse Residency program so that you’re able to get a good variety of skills due training to keep you marketable in your career

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Jessica’s Answer

Just to clarify, you can get a degree in nursing. However, you are only a Registered Nurse once you’ve passed the NCLEX. You can graduate from nursing school and not be a nurse. Once you are licensed by the state, then you are a nurse. I wanted to make that distinction, as it can be confusing if you are not in the nursing field.

To answer your question, travel nursing typically requires at least one year of previous nursing experience. It is very atypical to go straight into travel nursing, as many facilities and hospitals are short on staffing, and require the travel nurse to already be an experienced nurse without much direction. This also requires you to be flexible, adaptive, and a quick learner. So no, there are not typically internships for travel nurses. I hope that this answers your question!
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Alyssa Manlangit’s Answer

Concurring with Rosie, travel nursing agencies will not consider you until you have your experience - many of the agencies I know of here in Los Angeles actually require at least 1 year of inpatient clinical experience and for certain specialties like ED or ICU, they often require 2 years of experience. With that being said, unfortunately there are no new graduate residencies or internships for travel nursing specifically.

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Crystal’s Answer

I’m doubtful that there are internships specifically for travel nursing. Travel nurses work for contract agencies similar to temp agencies and are not employed by the facilities they work in, which would make internships a liability issue.

Crystal recommends the following next steps:

There are several social media groups and networks of travel nurses. I suggest following those groups and networking with other travel nurses to gain insight to the industry. I would strongly encourage you to work local for a minimum of 2 years before starting contract/travel work. I worked as a travel nurse for 4 years, and it is a beast of its own. It is a wonderful opportunity, but requires solid nursing skills that simply cannot be gained without experience. Unfortunately, travel nurses are not always appreciated/welcomed by the local staff which lends to the nurse “Fending for themselves” so to speak. You have to be prepared to stand on your own, rely solely on your own critical thinking skills, and be clinically competent enough to stand up to a physician or fellow nurses. This is in no way meant to deter you. It really is a wonderful opportunity. I simply suggest that you get your experience local first or try a resource/float team at a local hospital to get your feet wet! Best of luck in your endeavors!!
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matthew’s Answer

no, you need to be a specific kind of nurse (med/surg, ICU, etc). You usually need at least 2 years of experience before you travel

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