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Travel Nursing FAQs

What is a Travel Nurse?

Travel nurses fill short-term positions—lasting anywhere from eight to 13 weeks—in hospitals and facilities that are experiencing staffing shortages due to seasonality, expansions or other reasons.

Travel nurses are needed in all nursing specialties and fulfill the same duties as normal, full-time RNs. Popular travel nursing specialties include, ER, OR, L&D, ICU and more.

Interested in learning more about how to become as a travel nurse, or what benefits you can expect? Browse the travel nursing FAQs below.

If you don't see your question addressed below, please email us at info@nursesrx.com or call us at (800) 735-4774 and a nursing recruitment specialist will be happy to assist you.


General Travel Nursing Information


Am I under any obligation after submitting my application?

No. Your application and created profile are simply used as a qualification for you to travel. You can choose to travel now or in the future. After you apply, there will be many potential assignments waiting for you whenever you decide to travel.

Are there any fees associated with your services?

No, never. Our hospital clients pay for our services.

Can I travel with my family or pets?

Absolutely! Traveling with your family or pets is a great way to share the fun and excitement of your travel experiences. If you choose to travel with your pets, please let your recruiter know before you confirm your assignment. Many, but not all, housing complexes allow animals and most have breed and/or size restrictions. A non-refundable pet fee is charged for one or more pets going on assignment with you. This fee will be divided between your 2-3 paychecks. You will be emailed about these deductions. It is very important that the Housing Team has all of the details regarding your pet(s).

Do I have to commit to a long-term contract?

No. Your commitment to NursesRx only extends through the length of the assignment you agree to take.

How do I become a travel nurse with NursesRx?

We make it easy to become a NursesRx traveler. Simply fill out our easy online application. You can also post your resume or social media profile to make the process even faster. After you’ve completed an application, NursesRx will provide you access to skills checklists specific to your discipline and a professional reference request form. These steps aren’t required but will help us match you with the right recruiter more quickly. Your recruiter will then evaluate your qualifications and call you to match you with travel nursing assignments that complement your experience.

Ready to get started? Sign up and create your profile now!

Is travel nursing a smart choice in a competitive job market?

Demand for travel nurses continues to grow. When you travel with NursesRx, you’ll have positions with leading healthcare facilities across the country. And when you’re ready to move on to your next assignment, you can always count on NursesRx to have a variety of travel nursing jobs available for you.

As a traveling nurse, you’ll also have the freedom to choose “low cost of living” locations where your earnings potential and purchasing power goes further. Additional benefits, such as guaranteed pay, in many locations and travel reimbursements have made traveling the perfect solution for many nurses who want to shield their family from tough economic times.

What are the minimum travel nursing requirements?

The minimum travel nursing requirements depend on your area of specialty, as well as the facility, unit and sometimes even the location of the position. The majority of facilities we work with request a minimum of 18 months of experience.

Information On Pay And Bonuses


How Do I Submit My Timesheet?

With our mobile application, AMN Capture, healthcare professionals have a fast and simplified way to submit their timesheets on their iPhone, iPad or Android device.

How much will I earn?

Travel nursing salaries vary depending on the facility and location, as well as your specialty. But, with NursesRx's take-home pay rates for nurses, you can earn up to 15 percent more on each paycheck. Your travelling nurse salary will include a daily incentive for meals and incidentals, which in turn increases the size of your paycheck. You can now earn more money than ever before when you travel with NursesRx.

When and how will I be paid?

As a NursesRx traveler, you will be paid directly from our payroll. We provide payment by direct deposit into your bank account, or by overnight mail every two weeks. If you choose direct deposit, your payroll stub will be mailed to you for your records.

Will I earn a bonus if I refer another nurse to NursesRx?

We welcome and appreciate any referrals you send to us. Under the NursesRx Refer-A-Friend Program, you’re eligible for a bonus as soon as your friend or colleague meets all the travel nursing requirements and completes his or her first 13-week assignment. Please visit our Refer-A-Friend program page for more details.

Benefits And Incentives


Do I still have health benefits when I'm not on assignment?

Yes. You may take up to 23 days off between assignments and still maintain your health benefits.

Do you offer free education?

Yes. Through our service partner, RN.com, we offer all our travelers free continuing education. By going to this website, our travelers can view a list of all the current courses, preview the course material, take tests and print course certificates from any computer at any time.

How do I enroll in your 401(k) retirement plan?

It's never too early to start planning for your retirement. You can enroll in 401k by calling Prudential at 877-778-2100 or online at www.prudential.com/online/retirement after you receive your first payment. You may contribute up to 75 percent of your salary or the annual IRS maximum — whichever is lower — tax free. Our 401(k) plan offers a variety of well-known stock, bond and money market funds. Eligible travelers who join the program can also take advantage of the 401(k) match that we offer. Ask a recruiter for details! 

What are Meals and Incidentals?

Meals and incidentals are designed to be a reimbursement to cover the daily cost of food and incidentals. 

Incidentals include expenses for taxi and/or other transportation fees, parking costs and for other incidental expenses such as uniform, laundry, phone use, Wi-Fi charges, and tips when an employee travels for business.

What benefits does NursesRx offer to traveling nurses?

NursesRx travelers are among the highest-paid healthcare professionals in the industry. We also offer a wide variety of benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. Additional voluntary benefits such as short term disability, critical illness, accident insurance, hospital indemnity, and legal services are also available. Free, private housing; 401(k) retirement plan; free continuing education; travel reimbursement; The Service Connection; incentive programs; and much more.

What incentive programs do you offer?

As soon as you complete the application process, you'll instantly be able to enjoy the benefits of our Travel Advantage program, which offers discounts on hotels, cellular phone service, computer equipment, health club membership and more.

Travel Assignment Information


Can I work as a traveler in my hometown?

Yes! We have local "travel" opportunities. With our local travel program, you can still enjoy all the benefits of travel nursing, without leaving your family or the comforts of your home. It's a great way to balance your home life with a flexible and rewarding career.

Browse our jobs or create a profile today to find the right position in your area.

Does NursesRx offer clinical support?

Yes. NursesRx offers clinical liaisons to help our travelers if they have clinical questions or concerns on their assignment. Their support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

How do I choose an assignment?

Once you’ve completed your application and skills checklist, you and your recruiter will discuss your assignment expectations, career goals and your desired travel experience in order to find the best assignment for you. You will then receive job alerts via email or text (according to your preference), including details on the pay rate, facility, unit, shifts, location and bonuses.

Based on the jobs that interest you, you will interview with the facilities of your choice. All interviews are done over the phone. After your interview, you and your recruiter will decide which assignment to take.

How long are travel assignments?

Typically, assignments range from eight to 13 weeks. However, we can often be flexible and offer shorter or longer assignments based on your specific needs. And many times, you have the option to extend an assignment you particularly enjoy.

How long will it take to start my assignment?

Some travelers start their first assignment a week after completing the application process, while others plan their assignments several months down the road. How quickly you begin traveling depends on whether your documentation is in order and if your license is current for the state where you will be practicing. If it isn’t, don’t worry — we’ll help you get all the paperwork and credential requirements organized in time for your assignment start date.

What are the state licensing requirements for my assignment?

Your recruiter will advise you on the specific requirements for the state in which you have chosen to take an assignment. For more information, visit our Traveler Resources state licensing section.

What happens after I complete my assignment?

After your assignment is complete, you have many options. Many facilities will give you the option of extending your current assignment, or may offer you a permanent position at their facility. If you prefer, you can travel to a new assignment, or even return home and travel at a later date. It's entirely up to you.

What kind of facility will I work in as a traveler?

Our travelers work primarily in hospital settings. The size of the hospitals can range from very large teaching hospitals to small community healthcare facilities.

Where do you offer assignments?

We work with a range of facilities all over the country. From major cities to rural communities, we have assignments in more locations and at more facilities than any other travel nursing company. Tell us where you want to go and we'll get you there.

Will I work full time or part time on assignment?

All of our assignments are for full-time, 36-40-hour work weeks. And if you’d like more hours, many assignments also offer the opportunity to work overtime.

Housing and Travel Information


How will I get to my assignment?

It's best to drive to your assignment, since you'll want to explore your new surroundings and go sightseeing on your days off. If, however, you accept an assignment in a major city where parking is scarce and public transportation is readily available, you can probably do without a car. We will always ensure that you have maps and detailed instructions on how to get to your destination and your new workplace.

Is housing really free?

Yes. You will be provided with free, private, furnished housing on every company-paid assignment, no matter where you travel. Speak to your recruiter for further details.

Our housing package consists of a free, furnished, private, one-bedroom apartment. In some locations, studio apartments are offered. Our housing department works with only the most reputable apartment communities to provide you with comfortable and attractive housing conveniently located near your assignment. Your accommodation will be in move-in condition upon your arrival, complete with furniture and utilities. Many of our properties even feature luxurious amenities, including pools, fitness centers and tennis courts. Travelers also have the option to choose their own housing using the generous housing subsidy. Yes. You will be provided with free, private, furnished housing on every company-paid assignment, no matter where you travel. Our team of territory experts will work diligently to find you safe, clean, quality accommodations within a reasonable commute time of your facility.

What type of housing do you provide?

Our housing package consists of a free, furnished, private, one-bedroom apartment. In some locations, studio apartments are offered. Our housing department works with only the most reputable apartment communities to provide you with comfortable and attractive housing conveniently located near your assignment. Your accommodation will be in move-in condition upon your arrival, complete with furniture and utilities. Many of our properties even feature luxurious amenities, including pools, fitness centers and tennis courts. Travelers also have the option to choose their own housing using the generous housing subsidy. For more information, please visit our housing section.

Will I be provided with free housing if I travel with a pet?

Yes. Most of our housing accommodations allow travelers to keep pets. If you bring a pet on assignment, please request our private housing option. You likely will have to pay a pet deposit, and this will vary from place to place. This will be returned upon completion of your assignment if the accommodations are clean and well maintained.

Will I be reimbursed for my travel expenses?

Yes, we provide our travelers with a generous travel reimbursement. Best of all, it's tax-free.

Will I receive a housing subsidy if I stay with friends or family?

Yes. If you choose to secure your own housing accommodations for your travel nursing assignment, we will still provide you with a monthly housing subsidy. This housing subsidy varies depending on the assignment and the location. To find out specific subsidy amounts, please contact your recruiter.

Will you provide accommodation if I travel with my spouse and/or children?

If you are traveling with a travel partner, spouse, significant other and/or a child/children, you must inform your Recruiter as soon as possible so the Company may find appropriate lodging and give authorization to the property for these companions to reside in your unit. Not informing the property of other occupants may result in eviction. Most of our properties require all tenants 18 years and older to complete a criminal background check application. Please be aware that you and your travel partners would be subject to the results of this application. Many states have "Two Hearts Beat" laws limiting residents to two people per bedroom. Be sure you let your Recruiter know your needs. If non-standard housing is required, a co-payment may be necessary to cover the additional costs of housing multiple people. If you are traveling with children, it is your responsibility to arrange for and ensure appropriate child care and/or supervision for any children residing in Company housing. If children are, inappropriately, left alone in the unit, the property may have grounds to evict.

Have more questions? Please call us at (800) 735-4774. We'll be happy to assist you with any further questions about travel nursing requirements or other travel nursing information.

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