Travel nurses play an important role in the healthcare system across the world. They bring their skills and expertise to areas that are in need of help due to shortages or lack of resources. As a result, they get much needed care and travel nurses get the opportunity to visit, live in and learn about new places locally or around the globe.

Before embarking on this adventure in nursing, there are some things to know. This series of blogs outlines 27 steps that take you from start to finish and back again. We’re summarized the topics in the list below.

A Travel Nurse Checklist

#1: Determine Why You Want To Travel

#2: What Do You Want/Need Out of Travel

#3: Where and When Are You Willing to Go

#4: Understanding the Myths

#5: Know Your Deal-breakers

#6: Building Your Portfolio

#7: Research Travel Nurse Agencies

#8: Submission of Your Profile

#9: Working With Your Recruiter (s)

#10: Prepare For the Interview

#11: Preliminary Contract Negotiations

#12: Determine if The Job is A Good Fit

#13: Sealing the Deal

#14: Getting Ready for The Journey

#15: Packing

#16: Prepare Your Vehicle

#17: Keeping Track of the Paperwork

#18: Make It A Great Road-Trip

#19: Arrival on Location

# 20 Settling In

# 21: The Countdown Begins: Your Assignment Day One

# 22: How to Make the Most of Your Contract

#23: Eight Weeks to go…

#24: Four Weeks to go…

#25: Two Weeks to go…

#26:  The Final Week

#27: Evaluation – Wash, Rinse, Repeat…

All of us at Barco’s Nightingales Foundation support and encourage those with an adventurous spirit and courageous heart to consider travel nursing.

~Michael and Frida Donner