Having a specialized focus as a travel nurse

Written by Chelsea Idzior on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 Posted in Education & Career Advancement

A career in nursing is full of opportunity. As a nurse working in a specialized field, you'll be able to gain experience with specific patient conditions. Popular nursing specialties include labor and delivery, pediatrics, oncology and surgery; however, nurses can specialize in just about any branch of healthcare. Travel nursing provides ample opportunities for nurses to work within their desired specialties.

The benefits of travel to a specialty nurse

If you choose to work as a travel nurse, you'll gain exposure to a nationwide job market, rather than just a local one. This means you'll have access to more open nursing positions within your specialty. Travel nursing also benefits new nurses—if you haven't yet narrowed your professional focus, you will be able to choose positions that will expose you to different healthcare fields. This can help you determine whether or not you'd like to specialize in a particular field.

Increasing your specialized experience

If you're interested in becoming a specialized nurse, you'll need to develop a clear idea of which field you'd like to focus on. Think about your likes and dislikes—which branch of healthcare might be the best fit for you? By working with a staffing agency for temporary placement opportunities, your recruiter can help you test the water with positions in fields that interest you. While you're gaining experience, it might help to seek entry-level positions in your desired specialty. With time and consideration, you'll be able to find the nursing path that you find most rewarding.

Specialty nursing certification

If you're already a specialized nurse, you'll want to reinforce your knowledge. Becoming certified within your specialty proves to employers and patients that you are experienced in a particular field. Certification, which is a voluntary process in addition to nursing licensure, may help boost your hiring potential and salary.

The American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS), in conjunction with the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification, Inc., is a membership organization for nurses who wish to become certified within a particular specialty. Certified nurses are required to maintain their certifications through continuing education and ongoing participation in related activities. For more information about becoming a certified nurse, visit http://www.nursingcertification.org/.

Working with your recruiter

The recruiter at your staffing agency is a valuable resource for placement as a travel nurse within your desired specialty. Work with him or her to find placements that allow you to continue your specialized focus and achieve your career goals.

Let Health Providers Choice set you on the path toward a successful future in travel nursing! Contact us today to speak with a recruiter.