It is an undisputable fact that populations in nearly every country around the world are getting older. This is greatly due to the advances in medicine allowing people to live longer, the suppressing of deadly pandemics and fewer large scale wars happening around the globe. Collectively these conditions are creating large and growing amounts of elderly people on every continent.

As people are aging, their quality of life is also improving. Many elderly people today lead full and exciting lives, with some running in marathons and others regularly climbing mountain peaks. But there are also many who have not aged well and of course no matter how fit, the older you get, the more you will need constant medical care. Because of this additional need, there is a general shortage of nurses in many countries around the world. With large countries like the US and the Germany importing nurses from many different countries there are immediate travel nursing jobs available.

What is a Travel Nurse?

A travel nurse is a healthcare professional that travels to different locations providing nursing services. The nurse might travel within a country or to another country depending upon where services are needed. The most hirable travel nurse candidates will meet the following criteria:

  • Have a registered Nurse (RN) degree from an accredited university. There are some jobs available for nurses that do not have this particular degree but any nurse with this degree will be in high demand. Nurses who specialize get paid more.
  • A track record of successfully working as a nurse. Working a long period of time successfully at one hospital or clinic is best, however you can get hired with as little as one year of nursing experience.
  • You must be able to be registered in the destination where you will be hired to work.
  • Be prepared to travel.
  • If you speak more than one language, this will also likely be very helpful toward getting you employed more often.

Travel nurses can choose where they would like to be employed, from a choice of: working in a hospital, clinic, nursing home or private home and pick part or full time work.

Travel Nursing Companies

Travel nurses work through travel nursing companies who arrange the jobs and take care of all details including, the specific job, its location hours, housing in the target destination, pay, other benefits, travel to and from, and understanding all necessary small details about the job and the location where you will be working. Since the jobs are temporary and vary in length pay and description, having a reputable company working on your behalf to keep you working and taking care of all of the details, is essential.

Pay for travel nurses can be at the top end of the scale for nurses in the countries where they work. When these professionals are brought in, it is because there is a great need. So if you are a nurse and you want to travel, make good money, and pick the terms of your employment, travel nursing might be the perfect job for you.