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What Is a Travel Nurse?

A travel nurse is a nursing professional who takes on short-term assignments in healthcare facilities across different locations. This role allows for diverse work experiences, adaptation to various healthcare environments, and exploration of new locales.

What Does a Travel Nurse Do?

A travel nurse is a registered professional who partners with a staffing agency like Catapult Healthcare for temporary assignments, commonly around 13 weeks, in various healthcare settings. Rooted in their primary specialty, these nurses adapt to varying patient needs, play crucial roles in examining patients, counsel on health improvement, participate in critical research, and ensure quality patient care in collaboration with other health professionals. At its core, travel nursing is about versatility in service and a commitment to quality healthcare continuity, wherever the assignment might take them.

What Is a Nurse Staffing Agency?

A nurse staffing agency, like Catapult Healthcare, connects qualified nursing professionals with healthcare facilities in need of their expertise. We serve as your advocate and partner, providing exclusive resources, benefits, and a wealth of opportunities to ensure your career aspirations are fully realized.

What Are the Benefits of Travel Nursing?

Travel nursing offers a unique blend of professional and personal growth, including diverse clinical experiences, the opportunity to explore different geographical areas, increased earning potential, and flexible assignments tailored to your preferences.

How Should I Choose a Travel Nursing Agency?

Choosing the right travel nursing agency involves considering their network of healthcare facilities, the benefits they offer, their reputation for support, and an approach that aligns with your career goals and personal needs. Catapult Healthcare is proud to exceed expectations in these areas, offering a holistic, candidate-centric approach to career advancement.

How Do I Get Started With Catapult Healthcare?

Browse our current opportunities and apply. We’ll walk you through the hiring process and tell you about our benefits. If you have any questions, please contact a recruiter.

How Long Does the Process Take?

The timeline from application to placement varies based on your specialty and the specific role. However, our dedicated recruiters work diligently to streamline this process, aiming to get you started in as efficiently a manner as possible.

What Vaccination & Health Records Are Required?

Healthcare facilities frequently require the submission of particular documents. These typically include your recent physical examination report, the latest tuberculosis test results, and records of your immunizations. At Catapult Healthcare, our dedicated credentialing specialist will make certain you understand and have access to them, while also aiding you in acquiring any additional essential tests if needed.

Is a Drug Screen & Background Check Required?

As a standard procedure, you must complete a drug screening and a background check prior to your assignment. Drug screens are typically required within 30 days of your assignment commencement and annually thereafter (if remaining at the same facility). You can count on your Catapult credentialing specialist to walk you through this process and help schedule any required appointments.

How Is Licensing Handled?

Licensing procedures can differ drastically from state to state. But worry not; our experienced team at Catapult Healthcare is well-equipped to expedite this process. We assist in converting your nursing compact license and navigating you smoothly through license renewals. Assistance is just a recruiter away.

What Certifications Do I Need?

Your specialty may require additional certifications. This is where our team shines. With the in-depth knowledge of your field that our Catapult Healthcare team possesses, we’ll guide you on your certification pathway and even help locate relevant classes within your vicinity.

How Will Catapult Healthcare Support Me While Travel Nursing?

At Catapult Healthcare, we leave no stone unturned in offering seamless support throughout your career as a travel nurse. No matter what challenges may encounter, be reassured that the Catapult Healthcare team is always in your corner.

What Experience Is Required?

While each role and healthcare facility may have distinct experience requirements, we generally seek professionals who have at least one to two years of experience in their respective specialties. Our objective is to match your skills and experiences to the right opportunity, ensuring rewarding and efficient placements.

Where Can I Work?

Our opportunities span across the nation, catering to a wide geographical range. Whether you prefer urban healthcare centers or rural clinics, or any setting in between, we can connect you to roles that match your location preferences.

How Do I Get Paid?

You’ll receive payments weekly, deposited directly into your bank account. Our payment system is designed to be as seamless and efficient as possible, allowing you to focus less on logistics and more on your passionate healthcare delivery.

How Much Money Do Travel Nurses Make?

While travel nurse income varies by specialty, location, and the specifics of each contract, travel nurses often have the potential to earn a higher income than full-time permanent nursing roles due to compensatory provisions that include housing stipends and other allowances.

How Do Travel Nurse Salaries Differ From Staff Nurse Salaries?

In addition to base salaries, travel nurses often receive allowances for housing, travel, and even meals. This can make the overall compensation for a travel nurse higher than a typical staff nurse’s salary.

What Are Non-Taxed Stipends for Travel Nurses?

Non-taxed stipends are part of your compensation package as a travel nurse and cover expenses related to housing, meals, and incidental costs. These stipends are not subject to taxes, thus increasing the overall take-home pay for travel nurses.

What Factors Impact Your Pay as a Travel Nurse?

Several factors can impact your pay as a travel nurse, including your specialty, the location of the assignment, the stipulations of your contract, and the current demand for your skills in the industry.

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