Many nurses I speak with look for opportunities to travel and get paid for it! Becoming a travelling nurse is a goal for a great number of our clients. The money can be exceptionally good, it gives nurses new ways to build and round-out their skills, and they get a chance to see the country (even the world) while maintaining a career. Registered nurses have historically had the chance to travel and work, but can LPNs have the same opportunity? Because of the nursing shortage, new opportunities for LPNs have opened up.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor & Statistics states that LPN job occupation will increase by 25%. For LPNs this also means that new job opportunities (i.e. travel and other work assignments) will arise as well.
Many of the LPNs I have asked weren’t aware of any travel opportunities, but said they would be interested if they knew where to look. Multiple staffing agencies have become specialists in providing nurses willing to travel or temporarily relocate. A quick Google search will provide you with many options, though most still require an RN license for the more lucrative jobs. Some, however, are willing to substitute experience for an RN license.
There are requirements an LPN should fulfill in order to be able to qualify to travel. The qualifications include:
- A sufficient amount of experience in a hospital setting
- A strong clinical background
- One year of experience in medical/surgery
The more experience an LPN has, the better chance of being able to travel. LPNs generally need at least six years of experience in a hospital setting. Without the experience or clinical training, LPNs struggle with the need to work quickly in a fast-paced environment. Education and/or years of experience will help ensure the right skills and confidence for the job. Like any profession, having the right skill set will always give you a leg up on your competition when competing for high-demand nursing jobs.
Typical travel assignments are usually 13 weeks, but can vary depending on the contracts available. Some positions that could be available are:
- Acute Care
- Home Health
- Group Homes
- Correction facilities
The competition for traveling LPNs is fierce, especially when the majority of traveling nurses are RNs or higher. The best way to ensure a spot is to have a resume that appeals and stands out. More education definitely helps!
If you’re an LPN looking into an option to earn your RN license, Accell Education Group provides a tutor-based online program that makes earning your RN license fast, fun and affordable. Call Accell at 866-74-ACCEL to set up a brief phone consultation to discuss your options.