How to Become a Nurse Leader

Travel nursing can be great experience for a future career as a nurse leader.

Travel nursing can be great experience for a future career as a nurse leader.

Not all travel nurses want to become nurse leaders, but traveling is definitely an excellent way for you to beef up your resume if you are interested in that career path down the line.

When executives and administrators see travel nursing on your resume it automatically tells them that you are capable, flexible, dependable, professional, and highly skilled. Travel nurse must be able to jump right in to a new hospital environment with little local training and provide excellent patient care without missing a beat.

In case you are interested in one day pursuing a career as a nurse leader, we wanted you to check out this informational guide on how to become a nurse leader: “The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Nurse Leader.”

It’s a pretty handy guide that includes several links, graphics, and lots of information for nurses, whether you want to jump in nurse leadership right now, or if you are a younger nurse — maybe even a student — and you just want to make sure that you are on the right path to end up where you want to be.

One example of how travel nursing can be great practice for nurse leadership is the 5 qualities they mention as essential for all nurse leaders are: self-confidence, courage, growth, communication, and appreciation. All of these qualities must be practiced and excelled at by travel nurses while on assignment.

Also, you will get to sample a lot of different facilities over your time as a travel nurse. You get to see a number of different approaches to running a hospital or leading a nursing staff; you get to see what works and what doesn’t, or how certain approaches are best fitted to certain situations but not to others. This can give you excellent perspective when later working as a nurse leader.

We hope you enjoy the guide on how to become a nurse leader!


Top 10 List of Travel Nursing Companies for 2014

Top 10 2014

Top 10 List of Travel Nursing Companies for 2014

We hope you are all enjoying a happy, healthy start to 2014 so far! With the New Year also comes Travel Nursing Central’s Top 10 list of Travel Nursing Companies for 2014. We hope that these rankings give travel nurses good information that may help inform and improve their career paths. Beyond that we believe this gives each agency the chance to be aware of important feedback from their nurses.

Our site compiled this year’s ranking based upon ratings and feedback from more than 1600 traveling healthcare providers. The travelers rated approximately 140 agencies based upon 20 different evaluative criteria, such as benefits, pay, honesty, housing, efficiency, and more.

For 2014, Travel Nursing Central has further improved our formula for crunching the numbers, as well as how we are displaying the results. We have moved to a tiered ranking system, which evaluates the best agencies as Gold, Silver, and Bronze.

Travel Nursing Central wants to have a large enough sample of reviews to be able to best serve our users, so in order to be considered for these rankings each company must have at least 15 ratings and must have been voluntarily rated by a nurse who’s worked with them in the last 3 months. In addition, the agency must have a website, which we believe provides a certain legitimacy, and we only considered ratings submitted on or prior to December 31, 2013 for the 2014 rankings.

With all of that said, we hope these rankings are of help to you, and, without further ado … here is the Top 10 List of Travel Nursing Companies for 2014.