Travel Nurse Application: How to Apply for Travel Nurse Jobs

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By The Gypsy Nurse Staff

August 8, 2018



Step #8: Submission of Your Profile

Travel Nurse Application Submission

It’s time now to submit your travel nurse application for the agencies that you are interested in. In Step #7:  How to Research Travel Nurse Companies you narrowed your preferred companies list down to three or so. Now it is time to apply for travel nurse jobs!

The Travel nurse application process is a bit different than the standard job application. You will fill out an “application” with the agency, but then to actually apply for travel nurse jobs, your recruiter will have to “submit” your profile to each job need.


In step #6 we discussed Building your Travel Portfolio.  Now it’s time to put that portfolio to work.

If you already have your profile finished it’s a quick step to simply email the completed profile to the recruiter in .pdf format or via Google Drive. Your recruiter should let you know ASAP if there is anything else they need to complete your profile and submit your travel nurse application for jobs.


Some agencies may require skills testing before allowing you to apply for travel nurse jobs. This is simply to verify your ability within your speciality. These “tests” take 20-30 minutes to complete and are usually pretty straightforward for experienced nurses.


When the recruiter confirms that all of your paperwork is complete, they can officially start submitting your travel nurse application! By now, you have hopefully discussed where you would like to go, what type of pay you are looking for, and any other important details. Your recruiter can send over a list of jobs, and you let them know which ones you want to submit for.

Due to the fact that most travel nurses work concurrently with several agencies when searching for their next contract it is VERY important to make it clear to your recruiter(s) that they are NOT to submit your profile to any hospital without your prior approval.  This is imperative to make clear to the recruiter.  It can be very frustrating and appear unprofessional to receive a phone call for a job interview you are not prepared for, so just make sure your recruiter is communicating with you. Ask them to simply confirm when you are submitted, so you know to be watching for a phone call!


It’s perfectly acceptable to be submitted to several hospitals at the same time.  You should keep notes on which company has permission to submit you to which hospitals. Keeping track of this information makes it easy to follow-up with the correct recruiter.


It is okay to let your recruiter know you are working with other agencies! This is to be expected, and a good recruiter will be professional about it.

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