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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a travel nurse?

A travel nurse is a proficient nurse that travels to take short term contracts to help facilities when they face staffing issues. A travel nurse can hop right in to help the facility, with minimal orientation training.

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How do I become a travel nurse?

It’s so easy to become a travel nurse! After you have at least one year of full-time experience working as a nurse, you can apply to become a travel nurse!

Ethos Medical Staffing makes this process simple with a user-friendly application. After filling out the required information, we pair you with a nursing recruiter that will help you start your travel nursing journey.

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How does the travel nurse process work?

The travel nurse process is simple: Apply to work with an agency by submitting your resume, two references and a unit specific self-evaluation skills checklist. After you’re assigned to work with a recruiter, you’ll get matched with the best job opportunities and submit to interview for the position. After a phone interview, the facility extends an offer to your agency and to you. Next comes the onboarding process, credentialing prior to starting your dream assignment.

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How much do travel nurses make?

Travel nurses have the opportunity to double their income, and with the current COVID-19 pandemic, travel nurses can easily triple or quadruple their income! Of course, this comes with a sacrifice of being away from family and friends for an extended period of time.

How often do I get paid as a travel nurse?

With Ethos, you’re paid weekly.

Housing for travel nursing?

There are plenty of housing options for travel nurses. Often the type of housing corresponds with how long you’ll be working in a certain location. Hotels are great for short assignments, and there are lots of housing platforms that help find nurses housing, including,, Airbnb and Vrbo.

Some travel nurses have RV’s and find RV parks close to their assignment. Our recruiters also have resources to assist travel nurses with housing options. Often hotel chains give a health care discount to nurses, so it never hurts to ask!

When do I get health insurance being a travel nurse?

If you opt to take health insurance with Ethos Medical Staffing, your coverage starts on day one of your assignment! That’s not the case with all health care staffing companies.

How long are my assignments as a travel nurse?

When working as a travel nurse, contract lengths can vary. Usually, contracts are signed for a commitment from 4-26 weeks. The average contract is 13 weeks.

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How is Ethos different than other travel nurse staffing agencies?

Ethos Medical Staffing was founded by and for travel nurses in 2015. We know what you’re going through because we’ve been there ourselves.

Ethos is a faith based, family-oriented agency that delivers exceptional customer service to our nurses. We truly treat you like family, advocate for you, and make you a priority. Anytime you need to speak with someone or have a question, you know exactly who to contact because a recruiter is assigned to work directly with you, helping you navigate the entire process. You form a strong bond with your recruiter because they’re always there to support you, answering the first time no matter what time of day or night it is.

Our nurses are essential, which is why we send personalized gifts throughout the year to thank our nurses for serving on our team. It’s like having a best friend that is always looking out for you!

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