Travel nursing first started in the U.S. in the 1970s. It offered a temporary solution for national nursing staff shortages but did not grow in popularity until the 1990s (Abraham et al., 2020). Currently, healthcare facilities have become reliant on travel nurses in response to growing healthcare demands and nursing staff shortages. Making up about 30% of the total nurse workforce in the U.S., travel nurses have varied backgrounds and experiences (Faller et al., 2017). The U.S. travel nursing industry is worth about $17.4 billion (Longyear et al., 2020). Nurses who are interested in travel nursing should take the time to research what is involved to maximize its benefits and minimize its limitations
District of Columbia Board of Nursing Approved Continuing Education program (CEBroker Provider #50-290).
South Carolina Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
West Virginia Board of Registered Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
New Mexico Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
Mississippi Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
North Dakota Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP# 13791
Nurses will receive 1.75 contact hours for participating in this course.
In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Florida Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
Georgia Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
Arkansas State Board Of Nursing Approved Continuing Education program (CEBroker Provider #50-290).
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Travel Nursing: Getting Started
What is a Travel Nurse?
Duties of a Travel Nurse
Educational Requirements for a Travel Nurse
Preparation for a Travel Nursing Career
Qualities of a Successful Travel Nurse
Section 3: Travel Nurse Staffing Agencies
How to Select Travel Nursing Agencies
Capitalize on Earnings
What to Consider Before Accepting the Prospective Assignment
Preparing for a Travel Assignment
Terminating the Contract
Section 4: Travel Nursing Considerations
Is Travel Nursing Right for You?
Tips to Ensure a Successful Travel Nursing Career
Section 5: Incorporating Travel Nurses into the Unit
Nurse Manager Communication with the Travel Nurse
Integrating the Travel Nurse into the Unit
Section 6: The Impact Travel Nurses Have on Healthcare
Impact on the Quality of Patient Care
Impact on Infrastructure
Impact of Travel Nurses During the Covid-19 Pandemic
Section 7: Clinical Vignette
Section 8: Conclusion
Alia Lutz, BSN, RN, has over 10 years of experience as a Registered Nurse with a focus on cardiothoracic, respiratory, and coronary care. She has also had experience in Med-Surg, step-down and ICU. Prior to joining Relias as a SME and Content Writer for acute care, she provided virtual education and injection training on injectable biologics to patients, reported adverse events, and was a patient advocate. She has collaborated with peers on creating job aids, writing policies, and improving quality of care and documentation. Alia received her Bachelors in Nursing from Otago Polytechnic in New Zealand in 2011. Disclosure: Alia Lutz, BSN, RN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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