8 Tips for New Travel Nurse Practitioners

Being a travel nurse is one of the most lucrative and in-demand areas of nursing today. Hospitals around the country many times need to temporarily add supplementary nurses to the staff, be it employees going on vacation or maternity leave, natural disaster, or numerous other reasons. Becoming a travel nurse can open your career up to a plethora of options and below we’ve highlighted some advice for those who have recently entered this field.

Things to Know

  1. As a travel nurse practitioner, you’re frequently exposed to different cities and climates, so packing a set of clothes for each climate is always a good idea. Jumping from Seattle to San Antonio can definitely to its toll if you don’t have the proper attire.
  2. Investing in sturdy luggage is crucial as well. Since travel nurses frequent the airport, you’re going to need to make sure your belongings make it up and down the loading conveyor belts at the airport all the time. Baggage handlers and always the most gentle with bags!
  3. One of the biggest perks of being a travel nurse practitioner is the ability to see all the different things each city offers. Make sure to look into all the activities available in different cities and get out and explore! Since being a travel nurse is very popular when young, it’s a great way to scout out a place you’d like to settle down eventually. Going around and seeing what a city has to offer can help paint the most comprehensive picture of if it’s for you.
  4. One of the only drawbacks we ever hear about of being a travel nurse practitioner is how the amount of travel can be isolating. Staying active and getting involved is a great way to not only meet people, but to make the most out of your time as a travel nurse practitioner. Join pick-up running groups, attend spinning classes, look into different concerts in the city.Making friends in different cities will give you reasons to come back, as well as set up reasons to meet up around the country, or even world, on vacation!
  5. Traveling nurse practitioners are also equipped with a unique ability to have a large impact on the communities they enter. Sometimes you can be placed into more impoverished communities who are really in need of your aid. Volunteering and giving back is a great way to spread a little more good everywhere you go.
  6. The nice thing about being a traveling nurse practitioner is that many times if you like a particular job assignment, you’re able to come back. If you don’t like a particular assignment, you don’t have to worry about picking it up because largely, you determine where you would like to go next.
  7. Often travel nurse practitioners are very social, and many times not by choice. Being thrown into a wide variety of situations is great for developing conversation skills, so make sure to meet people and stay active! If you’re feeling like you’ve been a bit of a hermit, just talk to some coworkers about the best things to do in the city you’re in.
  8. Most importantly, make sure you enjoy yourself. Many people jump into this because they’ve been stuck in school for the better part (or all of) their lives. Spending some time making good money, doing work you love, and meeting good people should feel like the biggest reward in the world. You’ve made it through all the school you’re going to have to take. Take advantage of your new-found freedom.

Bonus Tip: Be qualified!

In order to become an FNP, you must complete a graduate-level program designed specifically for registered nurses preparing for FNP certification. These programs are highly specialized and require two to three years of study. You’ll take courses in family nursing intervention, management of acute and chronic illnesses, and primary health care concepts and practice. Find out more about your degree options below:

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Bradley University

Accreditation
  • HLC
  • NCA

Simmons College

Accreditation
  • NEASC

Walden University

Accreditation
  • HLC
  • NCA

Georgetown University

Accreditation
  • MSCHE

Purdue University

Accreditation
  • HLC
  • NCA

South University

Accreditation
  • SACS

Liberty University

Accreditation
  • SACS

Maryville University

Accreditation
  • HLC
  • NCA

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