How to Choose Your Next Destination as a Travel Nurse

How to Choose Your Next Destination as a Travel Nurse

One of the most exciting yet challenging decisions of being a travel nurse can be narrowing down your list of where to go next. With countless destinations, how do you choose your next destination as a travel nurse? Here are some tips along with questions to ask when choosing your next travel nursing assignment.

Evaluate Goals

Before you choose your next destination as a travel nurse, ask yourself, are you looking to gain experience in a specialized area of nursing? Do you want to work at a well-known hospital, non-bedside option, or in a particular healthcare system? Knowing your professional goals can help narrow down the best fit options for you.

Questions to ask:

  1. What type of healthcare setting do I want to work in (e.g., hospital, clinic, long-term care facility)?
  2. Are there specific certifications or skills I want to gain?
  3. Do I want to work in a high-demand specialty (e.g., ICU, ER, pediatrics)?

Personal Preferences

Your interests and lifestyle should be priority when selecting a travel nursing destination. Think about the type of environment that makes you happiest and most productive.

Questions to ask:

  1. Do I prefer urban or rural settings?
  2. What kind of climate do I enjoy (e.g., warm, cold, moderate)?
  3. What activities do I like to do in my free time (e.g., hiking, beach activities, kayaking)?

Research Demand in Location

Different regions have varying demands for travel nurses, which can affect the availability of positions and compensation. Working with your Axis recruiter and understanding the current demand for travel nurses in specific locations can help you find travel gigs that offer exactly what you’re looking for.

Questions to ask:

  1. What is the current demand for my specialty in this location?
  2. What does the cost of living look like in this area?
  3. Have you ever had travelers in this location that have shared firsthand experiences?

Advice from Other Travel Nurses

One of the best ways to get insider information about potential destinations is to connect with other travel nurses. Friends and former co-workers that may be travelers, social media groups and professional networks can provide firsthand insight.

Questions to ask:

  1. What were the pros and cons of working in this location?
  2. How was the housing situation and overall living conditions?
  3. What was your favorite part about this location?

Licensing Requirements

Each state has its own licensing requirements for nurses, and some states participate in the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), which allows for multi-state licensure. Ensure you understand the licensing process and requirements for the state you are considering.

Questions to ask:

  1. Is this state part of the Nurse Licensure Compact?
  2. How long does it take to obtain a nursing license in this state?
  3. Are there any specific continuing education requirements?

Your Well-Being

Your mental and physical well-being should remain top of mind. Consider the support systems, resources, and overall environment of a potential destination to make sure it will support a positive experience for you.

Questions to ask:

  1. What kind of support does the healthcare facility provide to travel nurses?
  2. Are there opportunities for professional development?
  3. What does work-life balance look like in this location?

Choose your destination with Axis Medical

Choosing your next travel nursing destination is a personal decision that involves consideration of your professional goals, personal preferences, and practical considerations. By taking the time to evaluate these factors and seeking advice from fellow travel nurses, you can make an informed choice that aligns with your career aspirations and enhances your overall experience.


Mackenzie Bolte
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