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Are you thinking of becoming one of the thousands of RNs who are travel nurses? As elsewhere in nursing, the travel nursing industry currently has more job openings than it can fill.

 

Nurses choose travel nursing for a variety of reasons. The chance to experience a different location, as well as pay and benefits, are among the top reasons. Avoiding another cold winter, the opportunity to work at a renowned facility, and the opportunity to pursue other interests, such as skiing, are others. Some of the most popular destinations are Florida, Hawaii, Arizona, and California. But some "travelers" even take assignments in their own hometown. If you want to try travel nursing, but are not ready to make a big commitment, check if your employer will give you a leave of absence. They may rather have you try it out, and come back refreshed, than lose a valuable employee altogether.

 

There are dozens of travel companies to choose from. To get started, ask someone who has already taken an assignment for his or her advice. Also, check out some Web sites and call a few agencies. Most assignments are for 13 weeks, and the travel agencies and their hospital clients seek experienced nurses, with the credentials to fill the available positions. For example, ED positions might require ACLS and PALS. A trauma center would require the nurse to be trauma certified and a CEN would be helpful, too. These nurses are expected to step right in after a very brief orientation.

 

Because of the expense, hospitals would like to cut down on the number of travel nurses they use. However, the nursing shortage, difficulties staffing some units, and seasonal fluctuations in the population of some resort areas of the country make that easier said than done. Just when the weather turns cold in the north, hospitals in Arizona and Florida need the most nurses.

 

Your Guide to Job Opportunities in Travel Nursing

American Mobile Healthcare

 

Web site: http://www.americanmobile.com

 

American Traveler Staffing Professionals

  
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Web site: http://www.americantraveler.net

 

CMSI - The Travel Nurse Company

 

Phone: (800) 423-1739

 

Web site: http://www.travelrn.com

 

Cross Country/TravCorps

 

Phone: (800) 530-6125, ext. 8702

 

Web site: http://www.crosscountrytravcorps.com

 

HealthStaffers, Inc.

 

Phone: (800) 621-1440

 

Medical Express

 

Phone: (800) 544-7255

 

Web site: http://www.medicalexpress.com

 

MedStaff

 

Phone: (800) 732-9992 Web site: http://www.medstaffinc.com

 

Your Guide to Job Opportunities in Travel Nursing

NursesRX

 

Phone: (800) 733-9354

 

Web site: http://www.nursesrx.com

 

http://NurseVillage.com

 

Web site: http://www.nursevillage.com

 

http://NurseZone.com

 

Web site: http://www.nursezone.com

 

O'Grady Peyton International

 

Phone: (877) 504-7794

 

Web site: http://www.ogradypeyton.com

 

Onward Healthcare

 

(800) 278-0332

 

Web site: http://www.onwardhealthcare.com

 

Preferred Healthcare Staffing

 

Phone: (800) 735-4774

 

Web site: http://www.preferredhealthcare.com

 

qShift Travel Nurses

 

Phone: (800) 733-6877

 

Web site: http://www.qshift.com

 

RNNetwork

 

Phone: (866) 743-7468

 

Supplemental Healthcare

 

Phone: (800) 543-9399

 

Web site: http://www.travelnurses.com

 

http://TravelNursing.com

 

Web site: http://www.travelnursing.com

 

"The needs appear to be pretty standard," says Dallas Douglass, RN, BS, regarding the job market for nurses in New England, New York, and New Jersey. Douglass is the Northeast chairperson for the National Association for Health Care Recruitment. "Even though nurses are hard to find, I'm hoping the standards haven't lowered too much," she says. "It seems as though the major teaching centers still want certification, degrees, etc." And Douglass is upbeat on the benefits of living in the northeastern part of the country. "This whole corridor (north of Boston to Washington, DC) is just great. Mountains, ocean, the arts of all kinds, sports: swimming, skiing-what more could you ask for? Not to mention some of the most renowned educational institutions. And all within less than a day's drive."

 

OUTSIDE NEW YORK CITY

There are opportunities for all levels of nurses at Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, New Jersey. "We have clinical specs on med-surg, PCU, CCU, and ED,"says Kathleen B. Campbell, MBA, RN, CPAN. And she adds that in 2005 the hospital will have opportunities for new grads to have a special intern-ship in the ED. Palisades does look for nurses with certification. ED positions require ACLS and PALS, and the positions in the special care nursery require experience and NRP certification. "We will be starting a parish program in 2005 and plan to recruit for a researcher also," says Campbell when asked about special opportunities.

 

Your Guide to Job Opportunities in the Northeast

Fletcher Allen Health Care

 

Human Resource

 

111 Colchester Avenue

 

Burlington, VT 05401

 

Contact: Hella Douglas or Karen Vincent

 

(800) 722-9922

 

Email: hella.douglas@vtmednet.org or karen.vincent@vtmednet.org

 

Web site: http://www.fletcherallen.org

 

Gentiva Health Services

 

Contact: Angela Rogers

 

(516) 746-8013, ext. 289

 

Email: angela.rogers@gentiva.com

 

Nassau University Medical Center

 

2201 Hempstead Tpke.

 

East Meadow, NY 11554

 

Contact: Amy McGuire, RN, MSN,

 

Nurse Recruiter

 

(516) 572-0017 or (516) 572-6301

 

Fax: (516) 572-0089

 

Email: amcguire@numc.edu

 

Web site: http://www.ncmc.edu

 

Tufts-New England Medical Center

 

750 Washington St.

 

Boston, MA 02111

 

Contact: Jeanne Waller

 

(617) 636-9541

 

Fax: (617) 584-8953

 

Email: jwaller1@tufts-nemc.org

 

Web site: http://www.tufts-nemc.orghttp://www.tufts-nemc.org

 

University of Rochester Medical Center School of Nursing

 

601 Elmwood Ave.

 

Box SON

 

Rochester, NY 14642

 

(585) 275-2375

 

Web site: http://www.urmc.rochester.edu/son