CHOOSING A TRAVEL NURSING ASSIGNMENT
The reason why you have decided to try travel nursing will also be the reason you might choose one nursing assignment over another. Are you in it for more money; have you set a financial goal that you are trying to achieve? or, are you in it for the experience, to travel and see new places you might never have the chance to see? or, are you somewhere in the middle of the two?
The next factor to consider- where are you licensed to practice nursing? If you reside in a "compact state" you are able to practice nursing in other compact states, on a temporary basis using the nursing license from your home state--no need to get another license to travel & work in those states, 24 in all. Click here to view a map of the nursing compact states. There are a few states considered "walk throughs"- you can get your nursing license at the state board of nursing office, over the counter, providing you have everything necessary to apply for a permanent license (including the money). Hawaii, District of Columbia, Idaho, Indiana, Maryland, Nebraska, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Vermont are all walk through states, but call the nursing board to verify what exactly is needed at the time you apply. The other states are all different- taking anywhere from 10 days to issue a temporary nursing license to 8 weeks or more to be licensed.
Location, location, location....consider the weather & the city. Check the statistics for such important things as weather and crime at City-data. This is important if you are going somewhere to see the area-- is it snowing? rainy season? too crowded? too much crime?