Let’s get some terms straight just so we are all on the same page.
“BSN” is a bachelors degree in nursing. Again, just to be clear to the audience, you do NOT have to have a BSN to become an RN. Many nursing programs award the RN designation without having to complete an entire BSN program.
The short answer is no. You do not have to have a BSN to be a travel nurse.
I suspect the question was really “Do you have to be an RN to be a travel nurse?”
Again, the answer is no.
However, and this is a big however, far and away most of the available travel nurse opportunities are for RNs. The LPN and LVN postions are normally easier for an employer to fill simply becauseÂ of the supply and demand issue.
So what do you do if you are an LPN/LVN and you want to be a travel nurse?
I would suggest that you apply to many, many different agencies. One easy way to do this is to fillÂ out a short form at one of my sites, Nursetown or TravelnursingUSA.Â When you do this your application goes to all of the member agencies so you won’t have to go and individually contact each one separately. I always encourage applicants to use the “comments” sections of these “mini-apps” to make very clear exactly what you are looking for.
An even better solution is to take the time, money and energy to upgrade your licensure to RN. As I said earlier, you do not have to obtain your BSN. there are even online programs from very reputable schools that allow you to do this online. It is a real RN degree and it takes real work to complete.Â The great thing about these sort of programsÂ is that you are doing them on your own time, at your own location. One program I know of is through Indiana State University. If you’d like more information on this click here.