I’m a brand new traveler and seeking my first contract. I’m having a hard time securing a position. I’ve been submitted to several but nothing is coming through. Is this normal? Are new travel nurse positions normally difficult to find?
Thank you for reading The Gypsy Nurse. You have taken the first step on your journey to become A Gypsy Nurse.
Most hospitals that hire travel nurses are looking for someone with travel nurse experience. It can take some time to get your first contract but don’t despair!! Keep your options open and be willing to perhaps accept a ‘less desirable’ location and something will come through for you.
There are several things that you can do to help make yourself a bit more marketable:
- Update any certifications
- Obtain New Certifications (NIH Stroke Certification is hot right now)
- Make sure that your Travel Nurse Portfolio includes some GREAT references!
- Make sure that you have filled out your skills assessments/resume and included any/all ‘oddball’ items that you may have experience in that someone else may not have.
The current market is pretty busy with a good amount of job positions open. Keep your spirits up and continue looking…the perfect position will come along.
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