“I am a new rn graduate and preparing to take the NCLEX-RN. I would like to know if there are travel agencies that hire new grads. And how is the training and the preceptorship for the new grad done?”
I get this question on a rather regular basis and have answered it many times but given the time of year it is I am hearing from lots of new grads and figure it is a good time to address it again.
Due to the short term nature of a travel assignment, (generally 13 weeks), hospitals are not interested in investing much time training a new RN. It is simply too expensive a proposition. They hire travel nurses because they have an immediate need and it generally needs to be taken care of now.
In the recent past RNs with a year of experience was pretty much the norm as far as minimum requirements but I have noticed a trend of wanting more in the vicinity of two years recently. There is much more supply (RNs wanting a travel nursing assignment) feeding the demand then there was as recently as two years ago. I suspect that will tighten up a bit in the next 12-18 months as the economy strengthens but that is just a guess.
For you anxious new grads who want to get on the road all I can say is that a year or two goes by pretty fast. You’ll have that experience needed faster then you think!
Update. It’s been nine years since I first wrote this! Just as my sign off said, time flies. New grad readers who read this when first published are now seasoned vets. Many are already working travel nursing jobs.