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Considering Being a Travel Nurse? Here’s What You Need to Know About Certifications

Considering Being a Travel Nurse? Here’s What You Need to Know About Certifications

One of the most challenging things about working as a travel nurse is knowing that travel nursing licensure requirements and certification can vary from state to state. How can you keep your options open and be considered for the best travel nursing jobs? Sure you can tell your recruiter to search only for travel nursing jobs in the states where you have valid certifications, but why limit yourself if you don’t have to?

What if you want to work in a warm climate in the winter and a more temperate one in the summer? Don’t restrict yourself if you can open the field a little more with a bit of assistance.

Some states will issue a license to a traveler in a day or two – some can take a couple of months or more. You may be able to get a temporary license that will enable you to work while you are waiting.

Be prepared to take and pass the National Council Licensure Examination, or NCLEX and pay a fee for each new state license.

What can you do while you wait?

Get the rest of your credentials together. Commonly required items include:

  • Notarized copy of your nursing license
  • Copy of birth certificate
  • College transcript
  • Copies of any specialized certifications
  • Passport photo
  • FBI fingerprint check

To learn more about requirements in each state, visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing website at

Twenty-five states participate in the Nurse Licensure Compact. To work in participating states, travel nurses are licensed in their home state of residency and are permitted to practice in other states based on the state’s practice laws and regulations.

Looking for nursing employment agencies that can connect you with the best travel nursing jobs and understand licensing for travel nurses?

Count on the experts at MedPro.

When you consider travel nursing jobs, it’s essential to partner with travel nurse agencies that understand the ins and outs of the field and can help you prepare for travel RN jobs in any state.

You can rely on our travel nursing recruiters to help you find and prepare for positions throughout the country. To learn more, call MedPro Healthcare Staffing today at 1-800-866-8108 or request more information below.


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