You will be a more attractive and competitive candidate if you pursue the BSN. However, there is still a high demand for both in North America.
It’s recommended to have at least 1-2years of experience in your specialty before you begin travel nursing.
Flexibility, positive outlook, adventure. Travel nurses should have excellent clinical skills, adapt to new settings quickly, and be confident.
Travel nurses are hired to bridge staffing shortages, which may be caused by a lack of qualified nurses in the area, seasonal population increases, or an expected leave of absence like maternity leave, Pandemic staff shortages. These facilities work with recruitment agencies to find skilled nurses to fill these often short-term assignments.
Total travel nurse compensation depends on multiple factors like your specialty, the contract details, the location of the hospital or nursing home, per diem payouts, Milage if applicable. A typical travel nursing position includes a compensation package for the nurse, which lists the base salary and additional stipends, bonuses, and payments the nurse will receive for a total value that can be considerably higher than a staff nurse. That compensation may include: