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Set yourself up for success with travel guides, licensing requirements, health resources, blogs, FAQs and more.

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Sure, a travel nurse assignment in L.A. sounds great but wouldn’t it be even better if you knew where to score the best taco in town while you’re there? Check out our city guides for travel nurses and discover what to eat, drink and do in various cities across the country.

Been there, done that.

Read about the exciting, hilarious and sometimes downright awkward experiences of other travel nurses, including lessons learned, how to make the most of your experience and so much more!

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Travel nurses are just like regular nurses, except they work one short-term contract at a time, usually about 12-14 weeks each. Sometimes these contracts get extended and a nurse will stay at one hospital for a longer period of time.

Other travel nurses prefer to always be on the go, exploring new cities, states and clinical settings with each new assignment. Travel nurses who prefer to maintain steady assignments without any lengthy gaps in between will typically average about four contract assignments per year.

Most hospitals and healthcare facilities prefer travel nurses to have at least one year of nursing experience in the specialty they will be contracted for. This can vary by assignment and hospital, so the best way to find out if you will qualify for a specific assignment is to reach out to a recruiter directly. We likely have the perfect assignment for you.

We’re here to make it easy for you. Call us at 800.530.6125 and a recruiter will walk you through the process. Your dedicated recruiter will get to know you and learn about your personal and professional goals so that the two of you can explore a variety of travel possibilities based on those criteria. If you already have travel nurse experience, feel free to search our current opportunities and apply online. A recruiter will reach out to you after you submit the application form.

The truth is, most travel nurses don’t get into traveling to make a ton of money, they do it to travel the country and explore new cities and clinical settings. That is not to say you can’t earn an excellent living as a travel nurse. Compensation varies by hospital and geographical location and is comparable to what you might earn in a traditional full-time staff position. Your compensation package will often include a combination of an hourly rate, assorted benefits such as medical and dental insurance and 401K, continuing education credits, and reimbursements like travel and housing expenses, licensing costs and malpractice insurance that may differ for each individual assignment.

Our travel nurses receive comprehensive healthcare benefits, including medical and dental insurance with prescription coverage (also available for dependents), life insurance, free professional liability insurance, and supplemental and short-term disability insurance. We also offer a 401(k) plan through Fidelity Investments. Additional benefits include competitive compensation, pay shift differentials on select assignments, sign-on and completion bonuses for select assignments, referral bonuses, direct deposit and travel reimbursement allowances.

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You will open yourself up to a world of fun and adventure when you choose to take your nursing career on the road. Each new travel assignment is an opportunity to get to know a new city or state. You also get significant opportunities to get experience in different clinical settings. This is an excellent option for a nurse who isn’t ready to settle down in a specific location or just loves the adventure of meeting new people and exploring new places. You are never in one place too long, a great way to prevent burnout.

We have an in-house team of travel nurse housing experts who will set you up with free, private housing, often within walking distance to your travel nurse assignment. This usually consists of a move-in ready, furnished apartment, with utilities up and running. Many travel nurses prefer to book their own temporary housing arrangements using services such as Travelers Haven or Airbnb, the cost of which can be covered or partially offset by your agreed-upon travel reimbursement. Additionally, your moving expenses when you travel from one assignment to another are often tax deductible.

We work within your timeline and can get you confirmed for a job in just a few days and started in as early as a couple of weeks! To submit you for a position, we’ll need to build your profile. We have a team of people to make that easy for you. Not quite ready to start your adventure? We’ll get you prepared for future travel; it’s never too early to start! Tell us how you want to work, and we’ll make it happen for you.

There are a number of ways you can apply for one of our travel nurse jobs. Fill out an application form located on any of our job description pages or by simply clicking here. You can also call us at 800.530.6125 and a recruiter will walk you through the application process.

In fact, we encourage it! A travel nurse job in an unfamiliar city is a great way to become familiar with new cities coast to coast. You can experience the local culture in each new location, including climate, weather, food, entertainment, the locals and so much more! For more information about a specific city where you are considering a travel assignment, check out our City Guides for Travel Nurses to see what each has to offer.

We offer bonuses for select assignments, as well as an overtime incentive. We also offer one of the best referral bonuses in the industry.  Do you know a great nurse who would enjoy being part of the Cross Country family? Speak to a recruiter today for details.

Travel assignments are full time, either 36 or 40 hours per week depending on the hospital or healthcare facility. Yes, you may work overtime.

Our in-house academic center, Cross Country University provides numerous educational opportunities wherever you travel. Additionally, as a member of the Cross Country family, you will receive up to 20% tuition reimbursement toward a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or Doctor of Nursing (DSN) degree at a variety of colleges and universities throughout the country.

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ELIGIBILITY

You don’t have to work for us to make a referral or earn the bonus. In fact, you don’t even need to be a healthcare provider. And, nurses aren’t the only position that qualifies for a referral bonus.

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Know another healthcare professional who may enjoy the same fun adventures you’ve experienced as a travel nurse? Refer a friend and earn up to $1,250 for every person that signs on.
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