Get up to $1500 for each new traveler referral! learn more

How to Begin Your Adventure

Travel Nursing Tips

How to Begin Your Adventure

So you’ve landed your first Travel Nursing assignment. Congratulations!


Now what?


If you’re nursing with Nightingale, you’ll have been assigned an experienced Travel Nursing recruiter whom you can call at any time to answer your questions and help you through every step of your assignment.


But let’s break down the process anyway, so you can see what’s in store for you as you begin your first Travel Nursing adventure!


First, you’ll need to make sure that all of your paperwork is up to date. This is especially true of any licensure that you will need to begin your assignment. Be careful to consider the full term of your assignment (typically 8 to 13 weeks) and renew any items that may expire before the end of your assignment. Your Nightingale Recruiter will be happy to assist you as needed.


You’ll also want to consider the term of your assignment when deciding what to pack. Depending upon where you are traveling, you are likely to experience some degree of seasonal change during your assignment. So you’ll want to bring clothing that is appropriate for a variety of different weather and temperature.


You will also need to decide how you are traveling, and whether you are going to be staying in housing provided by the agency. Nightingale offers free, fully-furnished housing for our nurses, so you won’t have to pack too heavy. Obviously, if you are flying to your assignment, you will need to be more efficient and discerning in the items you decide to bring with you. If you are uncertain whether to bring something, you should probably just leave it behind.


Your Nightingale Recruiter can provide you with a list of recommended items to pack.


You should also make arrangements to ensure all or your current obligations will be met while you are away on assignment. Find someone to water your plants and look after your pets, if they are not coming with you. Nightingale can usually provide pet-friendly housing, but you’ll need to arrange this with your recruiter in advance.


Be sure to research your destination. Go online and find out as much as you can about things to do near where you’ll be staying. Make a list of “must-do” places and side trips, so you can plan and pack accordingly. Remember that once you arrive, you’ll want to get recommendations from the locals as well, but it helps to have as much knowledge of the area as possible.


Finally, go and enjoy your adventure. Remember, it’s only your first assignment, just the first step in the amazing, life-changing journey that is Travel Nursing. Make the most of it!


Talk to a Nightingale Recruiter today about getting licensed in the state you most want to visit, and discover just how easy it can be.

apply today

Top pay, benefits and unprecedented adventure await. Discover the Travel Nursing lifestyle with Nightingale.

apply now

I’m just gonna come right out and say it: There is NOTHING like the Travel Nursing lifestyle.

Not only do you get to travel and see new places, but you earn more doing it. A lot more. Put it this way. You earn enough that you don’t have to work all year round. And since traveling is what I’d do on vacation anyway... It’s perfect for me.

I know it sounds funny, but I didn’t go into Travel Nursing to travel. I just wanted to build my career.

Now here I am getting experience at hospitals all over the country. I’ve even picked up a specialty in Stepdown nursing. So I’m totally going to be ready if I ever decide to settle down into a full time nursing job somewhere. If. Big if. Because I really love the Travel Nursing lifestyle.

I would NEVER Travel with anyone but Nightingale.

Never again. The kind of support you get from Nightingale staff, you just won’t find that anywhere else. They REALLY are there to help you be the best nurse you can be. And who doesn’t want to be the best? Plus you get the best benefits and pay rates in the industry. It’s kind of a no-brainer.

For me, nursing isn’t just a career. It’s a calling.

Being there for people, helping them when they need it the most. This is why I got into nursing. This is why I get up every morning. And Nightingale gets that. I was amazed to find out that they are just as passionate about nursing as I am. That’s important, because I know that whenever I take an assignment, they have my back. Whatever I need. Nightingale takes care of everything, so I can focus on what I do best. And that’s nursing.

If you’re thinking about Travel Nursing and shopping around, just stop. You’re in the right place.

Nightingale is hands down the best. The best nurses, the best jobs, the best support, the best benefits… everything. And the best part is that you get to travel around the country, build up your career, and earn more than you ever would working on staff somewhere. Really, traveling with Nightingale changed my life, Not Travel Nursing. Nightingale. Trust me, they are top notch.

A lot of nurses ask me about Travel Nursing, and I love it. I absolutely love it.

But it’s not the pay, or the benefits, awesome as they are. It’s not the travel, either. Half the time I don’t even know where I want to go. It’s the people. Nightingale’s Nursing Coordinators are JUST THE BEST. They help with everything, from travel plans and housing to professional questions. Everything. They even help me choose the right assignments for me. Because they genuinely care about me. I know. I’m a nurse. I know what genuine caring feels like. I do it all day. That’s why I love Nightingale.