Are you thinking about travel nursing but still wondering which field is right for you? Explore our top travel nursing specialties to learn more:
As a Cardiac Cath Lab (CCL) Travel Nurse, you’ll join a very specialized field of medicine that can be both rewarding and demanding. Cardiac catheterization is the insertion of a catheter into a chamber or vessel of the heart. It can be used as a way to diagnose heart conditions, or as treatment. Cardiac Cath Lab Travel Nurses assist doctors performing these procedures. However, as a CCL nurse you can also specialize even further in coronary catherization—procedures that involve coronary arteries, and take place in state of the art labs. In this specialty, you’ll have the opportunity to work with the latest technology in cardiac care.
When you work in case management nursing, you become an advocate for your patients and help them navigate their healthcare. Case management nurses coordinate care for all types of patients – from people who have sustained injuries to those who are in the advanced stages of life. Case managers help patients find solace within what can be an overwhelming healthcare system, and this is especially critical for people who are under the stress of illness or injury. Successful case management nurses are organized and efficient and show strengths in communication, compassion, and advocacy.
As a dialysis technician, you offer life-saving care for your patients by operating the dialysis machine. The machine acts as an artificial kidney, filtering and removing wastes and excess fluids from the body. Patients who are on dialysis may have kidneys that are impaired or absent as a result of disease, injury, surgery, or kidney failure. You’ll operate the machine, monitor treatment, and maintain a safe and sterile environment for those under your care. The best dialysis techs are self-directed, responsible, meticulous, and diligent.
Dialysis nursing allows you to play a critical role in saving lives daily. As a dialysis travel nurse, your patients will be among the nearly one-half million Americans on kidney dialysis. American rates for end-stage renal disease (kidney failure that requires dialysis or transplantation) are among the highest worldwide (U.S. Renal Data System), so dialysis nurses are needed now more than ever!
As an ER travel nurse, you’ll have the opportunity to put all that you learned in nursing school into action. The thrilling and rewarding career of emergency nursing allows you the chance to play a vital role in medicine – caring for patients who are often at the most vulnerable and critical moments of their lives.
As a home health nurse, you have a rare opportunity to provide individualized, one-on-one care for each of your patients in the privacy and comfort of their own home. You can enjoy the autonomy and freedom of working independently and traveling to see your patients. You will also avoid much of the stress associated with the fast-paced environment of a hospital. As a home health nurse, you can focus on delivering the best in care and developing trusting relationships with your patients and their families.
As an ICU nurse, you will care for patients when they need you most. ICU nursing, also known as critical care nursing, is a challenging yet exciting field that is not for the faint of heart. Among nursing jobs, this specialty provides an ideal opportunity for nurses to put their knowledge and skills into action to help patients, families, and medical professionals save lives.
As a labor and delivery (L&D) travel nurse, you have the ability to coach a woman through one of the most transforming life events she’ll ever experience — childbirth! As rewarding as this specialty is, it also comes with great responsibility. After all, this is fragile situation that can quickly change from positive to negative. You need to be confident in your abilities and able to think quickly under pressure.
Responsible for delivering direct care to patients, medical-surgical nurses account for nearly a sixth of all healthcare professionals in the nursing profession – the largest group of all nursing specialties. Originally looked upon as an entry-level position, medical-surgical nursing has developed into the bedrock foundation of healthcare, becoming one of the most demanding specialties in the nursing profession.
Neonatal Intensive Care Nurses care for premature and critically ill newborns in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) of a hospital. These babies are born needing immediate medical attention. NICU nurses formulate care plans, implement and evaluate the effectiveness of treatments in these plans. On a daily basis they administer medications, perform complex procedures, work with complicated technology, and consult with an interdisciplinary healthcare team to coordinate all aspects of a patient’s care. In the midst of all these tasks, they comfort their patients and provide education and reassurance to families.
Operating Room (OR) Travel Nurses, more professionally known as Perioperative Nurses, are in the operating rooms assisting the surgical teams while patients are most defenseless. OR nurses provide care for patients before and after surgery as well. In this specialty, clinical settings can often be intense and demand extreme focus for long periods of time. Perioperative registered nurses are relied upon for their professional judgment and critical thinking skills. They may work closely with the surgical patient, family members, and other health care professionals. They help plan, implement, and evaluate treatment of the patient.
A pediatric nurse is a registered nurse who treats infants, children, and adolescents and who has extensive knowledge of how health complications and diseases affect their developing bodies. Pediatric nursing is best for those who can cheer up children and support families who may be dealing with the most stressful events of their lives. Life as a pediatric nurse can be emotionally taxing, but on the flipside, it can be immensely rewarding.
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) Travel Nurses provide care to infants, children and adolescents. The PICU is a highly specialized area of expertise requiring astute assessment skill, development of critical thinking while understanding the implications of growth and development on physiologic and pathophysiologic process. The PICU focuses on creating an environment in which 24-hours medical care is provided to critically ill patients while incorporating each child’s primary caregivers and essential participants in decision-making.
If you desire an area of nursing where you get to work with patients recovering from childbirth, then you should consider focusing on becoming a postpartum nurse. Also known as a maternity nurse, postpartum travel nurses provide care to newborn babies and the mothers recovering from childbirth. The role of a postpartum nurse is a demanding one due to the constant attention needed that involves not only treatment but also patient education and safety.
As a sterile processing tech, you have a critical role in ensuring patient and provider safety. Sterile processing techs supply surgeons, physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals with sterilized instruments and equipment. The most successful sterile processing technicians are meticulous,organized, and knowledgeable – with a clear understanding of microbiology and sterile methods. Sterile processing techs are referred to by several different names including central processing technician (CPT), central service technician (CST), central sterile processing technician (CSPT), central sterile supply technician (CSS tech), sterile processing and distribution technician (SPD tech or CPD tech), and surgical processing technician.
A surgical tech, also called an operating room tech, is an essential member of the surgical team who provides support before, during, and after the procedure. As a surgical tech, you’ll work alongside the surgeon, nurses, and other healthcare professionals, to prep the patient, ensure sterile methods, assist with the procedure, and restock the room. The best surgical techs react quickly and effectively and are meticulous about maintaining a sterile and organized surgical setting.
As a telemetry nurse, you’ll care for patients who need constant monitoring for cardiac, respiratory, gastrointestinal, or renal issues. Telemetry nursing is an exciting field for travel nurses, especially newer graduates, as this fast-paced, busy atmosphere allows for continual learning and valuable experience.