Job Description of a Traveling Nurse


Traveling nurses travel locally or nationally to work on short-term assignments, and are employed by a travel-nursing agency. Travel-nursing agencies offer qualified nurses to hospitals and clinics to help supplement current nursing staff.

Educational Requirements

  • Educational requirements include at least an associate's degree in nursing, as well as a current registered-nurse license.


  • Responsibilities include treating patients, and providing advice and emotional support to patients' family members. Treating patients includes recording medical histories and symptoms, performing diagnostic tests, and administering medications.


  • Although these professionals often travel to locations on average of 8 to 26 weeks at a time, benefits of this occupation include higher than average wages, free housing, and other paid expenses.

Job Outlook

  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that nursing occupations are expected to increase 23 percent between 2006 and 2016, which is much higher than average. Traveling nurses will continue to be in high demand due to the needs of hospital and clinics that need to supplement their nursing staff.

Average Salary

  • In November 2009, listed an average salary of $79,000 per year for these occupations.

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