How To Start Travel Nursing

How To Start Travel Nursing

Stressed. Frustrated. Overwhelmed. These words come to mind when you think about getting your paycheck every two weeks while you have bills piling up, debt to pay off, and groceries to buy. Desperate to have more money and eliminate debt, you increase your hours at your staff job and decrease time spent doing the things you love.

Are you a staff nurse facing this struggle? You may have looked into a part-time job or even a side gig by now, but what about becoming a travel nurse? This offers the chance to travel and increase your pay all while working a standard nurse schedule. Perhaps you have thought about it, but don’t know how to start travel nursing.

What is travel nursing?

Through travel nurse agencies, nurses are placed on temporary contract jobs in hospital or clinic settings. Contracts can range anywhere from 8 to 26 weeks, but typically last 13 weeks. You are then able to travel to a different location if desired, but there are possibilities to extend your stay as well.

Higher pay, increased flexibility, and the chance to experience new places are all benefits of becoming a travel nurse. So, what could this mean for you? Boosting your income could help pay off your debt, invest more money in your savings account, and stop living paycheck to paycheck.

Steps to become a travel nurse

In order to transition from staff nurse to travel nurse, you will need to find a travel nurse agency. There are thousands of agencies with different aspects that set them apart from each other. Once you find the right one, you will then be connected with one of their recruiters.  

A travel nurse recruiter will find you contracts and provide the foundational resources needed to take this next step. An essential part of travel nursing is creating a partnership with your recruiter. It’s important to get to know each other while communicating your desires around benefits, locations, and pay.

With an understanding of your goals, they will be able to obtain a list of potential contracts for you to choose from. Whether you are looking to travel in the state you live in or travel across the world, your recruiter will be the gateway into landing your dream job.

Managing your finances

One of the biggest challenges for most travel nurses is managing their finances. This can be due to the wide range of income from one contract to the next, which makes it difficult to predict how much money you will earn in any given month. 

Lume can help make sense of your finances so you don’t have to keep living paycheck to paycheck. With its on-demand pay, retailer discounts, and innovative salary and review database, Lume is the perfect tool for travel nurses to make the most of their income. 

Whether you are looking to pay off debt or save more money, Lume will help you get the most out of your hard-earned dollar. Join the waitlist at to start taking control of your wealth.


Brenly Hammond, RN

Brenly Hammond, RN has worked as a nurse for over five years, primarily on the medical/surgical floor. She has been a travel nurse for the last three years in Indiana, where she lives with her husband and two beautiful babies. Brenly is a bedside nurse who aspires to become a wellness/healthcare writer to help nurses and patients all around the world.


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