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Travel Nursing: Virginia
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- Find Current Travel Nursing Jobs in Virginia
Virginia Licensure Information and Requirements
Virginia ceu requirements.
- What Is the Average Travel Nursing Salary in Virginia ?
- How To Become a Travel Nurse in Virginia With Trusted Nurse Staffing in Three Simple Steps
Why Should You Consider Becoming a Travel Nurse in Virginia?
What are the high-demand travel nursing specialities in virginia right now, faqs about virginia travel nursing, find current travel nurse jobs in virginia 2024.
For the most up-to-date information on licensure requirements and fees, visit the Virginia Board of Nursing website or contact them at (804) 367-4515.
Since Virginia is part of the Nurse Licensure Compact , you won’t need to get a state-specific license to work as a travel nurse there if you already have a multistate license in another compact state.
If your primary license is in a non-compact state, you may apply for licensure by endorsement. To complete this process, you must:
- Carefully review the application instructions before filling out an online application
- Review the laws and regulations governing Virginia nursing
- Complete a criminal background check
- Request license verification through Nursys® or from your original state of licensure (where you took the NCLEX )
- Provide proof of your primary state of residence
Application processing times are currently between 30-45 business days. If your assignment is coming up sooner than that, the Virginia Board of Nursing offers temporary 90-day licenses while your information is pending.
The application fee for licensure by endorsement is $170 for LPNs or $190 for RNs.
Nurse Licensure Compact Status
Virginia has been part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NCL) since January 19th, 2018.
Is Virginia a Walk-Through State?
Virginia is not a walk-through state.
The continuing education requirements for nurses in Virginia are:
- Fifteen contact hours of workshops, seminars, conferences, or courses relevant to the practice of nursing and 640 hours of active practice as a nurse; or
- Thirty contact hours of workshops, seminars, conferences, or courses relevant to the practice of nursing
What Is the Average Travel Nursing Salary in Virginia?
The average weekly travel nurse salary in Virginia is $1,408. This is on par with the average salary across the United States. The cost of living in Virginia is just slightly above the national average, so your money won’t go as far here as in some other areas of the country, but it’s not a huge difference.
Plus, travel nurses receive many benefits like housing stipends, travel and meal allowances, bonuses, and more.
Cities in Virginia With the Highest Travel Nursing Salaries
The average travel nursing salary in Arlington, VA, is $1,577 per week.
The average travel nursing salary in Alexandria, VA, is $1,577 per week.
The average travel nursing salary in Annandale, VA, is $1,577 per week.
The average travel nursing salary in Reston, VA, is $1,574 per week.
The average travel nursing salary in Centreville, VA, is $1,572 per week.
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This is my first introduction and experience with a Travel Nursing Organization. To be brief, I was contacted by my recruiter, Elyssabeth, who explained the entire process of becoming a nurse for Trusted Nurse Staffing. She answered all of my questions in detail and with kindness. I have completed half of my contract in Virginia, working in an ICU unit. In a very short time, I have gained the nurse's trust and was adopted into their fold. It has been a very rewarding experience. I have only positive things to say about Elyssabeth and Trusted Nurse Staffing! It was my lucky day when Elyssabeth contacted me. Altogether, a very rewarding and gratifying experience!!! Thank you Elyssabeth and Trusted Nurse Staffing.
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I have been with Trusted Staffing for about 18 months now. I have essentially been working local contracts, but the experiences have been memorable. My recruiter, is always available when I have a question or concern. Travel nursing is something all nurses should experience. I can't wait until I can do some serious traveling
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I have had the best experience with Trusted Nurse Staffing. My recruiter Tom is amazing. He always treats me with respect and as a friend. He is on top of everything I need. And when my Dad passed away, he helped me with time off, no problem and they even sent me a beautiful comfort box that was very helpful. Fully recommend this agency.
How To Become a Travel Nurse in Virginia With Trusted Nurse Staffing in 3 Simple Steps
Start by going to our website and creating a free profile. This allows you to easily browse the many listings for travel nurse positions in Virginia. Don’t see anything you love? No problem — we’ll let you know as soon as more travel nurse jobs in Virginia become available.
A Trusted Nurse Staffing recruiter will contact you to answer any of your questions about Virginia travel nurse positions. Once you’re ready to apply, our recruiters are here to help you every step of the way.
Once you’ve found your dream travel nurse job in Virginia, just sign your contract and you’re ready to go.
And whether you love Virginia so much that you want to extend your contract or you want to check out a new state , our staff is here to assist you through the process.
On top of being a beautiful place to live, the cities in the Old Dominion state offer great travel nurse positions. Virginia also has an abundance of attractions to offer its visitors.
As you venture outside your city, you might check out well-known historical sites like:
- George Washington’s Mount Vernon
- Colonial Williamsburg
- Arlington National Cemetery
- Jamestown and Yorktown
Pay a visit to the Arlington National Cemetery and you’ll see 600 acres overlooking Washington, D.C. Arlington National Cemetery is where some of the most famous people in the country are buried. The most-visited graves are President John F. Kennedy’s and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
The Colonial National Historic Park encompasses both Jamestown and Yorktown, where the Revolutionary War ended. Jamestown is the oldest British settlement in North America and was established back in 1607 by Captain John Smith.
If you’re more into the scenic route, you might venture out to:
- Luray Caverns
- Shenandoah National Park
- Skyline Drive
You’ll marvel at Luray Caverns’ intricate calcite formations within an extensive underground system.
While you’re there, you might visit the Luray Valley Museum, which explores the history of the Shenandoah Valley via a seven-acre 19th-century village filled with both authentic and reproduction buildings and artifacts.
There is no shortage of breathtaking views and incredible historical landmarks and sites in Virginia. You’ll have no problem filling your leisure time discovering all the Old Dominion state has to offer.
To top it all off, it’s a great place for a travel nurse. Check out our listings for travel nurse jobs in Virginia to see if this could be your next travel nursing destination.
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Instead of heading to Google to search “travel nurse Virginia Beach,” find your next assignment by creating a free profile on our website. You’ll be able to see a list of available Virginia Beach travel nurse jobs.
If you don’t see any that fit your preference, don’t sweat it — just keep an eye on your notifications. We will contact you when jobs become available that match the qualifications you list when you register.
What Are Your Active Travel Nursing Jobs in Arlington?
Thinking of calling Arlington your next hometown? That’s a great choice! This Northern Virginia city is just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., and has so much to see and do.
The first step to finding your dream assignment in Arlington is to create a free profile on our website. From there, you’ll be able to see a list of available nursing assignments that match your qualifications. If you don’t come across any that interest you, not to worry — we’ll alert you when any Arlington travel nurse assignments pop up.
What Are Your Active Travel Nursing Jobs in Alexandria?
Finding a travel nursing position in charming, historic Alexandria is easy with Trusted Nurse Staffing. All you have to do is create yourself a free profile on our website and you’ll have access to current job listings in the area that match your qualifications.
How Do I Find Housing While Travel Nursing in Virginia?
Finding a place to live as a travel nurse in Virginia — or anywhere for that matter — can feel daunting. But luckily, you don’t have to do it completely on your own. You can opt to:
- Find your own housing and receive a housing allowance to pay rent. This is a common option if you have friends or family in the area who can point you in the right direction or you already know the city well.
- Let your agency arrange your housing (aka agency-based housing) and set everything up for you.
Not sure which is the more stress-free option? Talk with your recruiter. They are likely to have insights into the area you’re visiting and can help you decide which option will be best.
Your TNS recruiter can even connect you with other travel nurses in the area looking for someone to split the cost of rent if you’re looking for a more cost-efficient option.
How Long Are Virginia Travel Nursing Assignments?
The length of your travel nursing assignment in Virginia can vary depending on a few factors, including:
- What contract lengths your travel nursing agency offers
- The type of travel nursing assignment you apply for
At Trusted Nurse Staffing, we offer flexible contract lengths. We have something for everyone, whether you’re looking for a 6-week contract, an 8-week contract, or even a 13-week contract.
If you fall in love with your assignment or know you want to stay settled for a while, TNS also offers assignment contracts at 52-week lengths.
If you sign up for a short stint but find your assignment to be a good fit and it also works for the client, your Trusted Nurse Staffing recruiter can help you extend your contract so you can call Virginia home for a bit longer.
Or if you’re ready for a change in scenery, your recruiter will work with you to find your next dream assignment.
What Benefits Do I Receive As a Travel Nurse in Virginia?
The benefits you are eligible to receive as a travel nurse in Virginia can vary depending on what is offered by the agency you choose.
Doing your research and looking around for a travel nursing agency in Virginia may seem a bit overwhelming, but it’s a decision that will greatly impact your experience.
It’s best to have a firm understanding of what each agency offers before you commit to an assignment.
As a nurse with Trusted Nurse Staffing, you’ll receive many benefits, including:
- The highest pay rates in the industry
- 401(k) plans
- Flexible contracts between 8, 13, 26, and 52 weeks long
- Access to both full-time and part-time work
- 24/7 access and support from your recruiter
- Overtime/double-time availability
- Weekly paychecks, daily pay, and advances offered
- Direct deposit payments
- Housing, meal, and travel allowances
- A customized benefits package
- Blue Cross & Blue Shield insurance
- License, certification, and CEU reimbursements
- A loyalty program
- Referral bonus plan
- Priority job order bonuses
- Sign-on and completion bonuses
Why Should I Apply To Travel Nursing Jobs in Virginia With Trusted Nurse Staffing?
At TNS, travel nurses are not just a number. You and the work you do are valuable and your compensation should reflect that.
We acknowledge the challenges of working on the road, which is why you’ll enjoy the highest pay rates and the best benefits packages in the industry when you partner with a travel nurse company in Virginia like Trusted Nurse Staffing.
We’re also able to offer 24/7 support because we believe that our nurses deserve the best. If you need us for anything while on the road, we’ll be ready to take your call.
Simply register create a profile on our website and you’ll be contacted by an account manager to review your goals and availability.
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Virginia Travel Nursing Jobs
Virginia travel nursing offers many exhibits that cover art, culture, heritage, food, clothes, and transportation. With so much history and beauty giving you numerous things to see and do, it will be hard to know where to start your RN travel assignment in this awesome state.
As a traveling Registered nurse on assignment in Virginia, you can visit Shenandoah Valley, where you will find crisp cool mornings, festivals, corn mazes, hayrides, and more to enjoy. Many travel nurses in VA take a ride on Skyline Drive through the Shenandoah National Park, or the Blue Ridge Parkway. Other traveling Registered Nurses in Virginia hike along the Appalachian Trail and relax in the wonder and beauty of wilderness. Go hiking, horseback riding, fishing, camping and more.
You will want to give yourself plenty of time while on your RN travel assignment to take it all in. Take a trip back in time and visit the many Civil War sites in Virginia. Many traveling nurses in VA enjoy horse racing or slots in Charles Town and the modern Atlantic Fleet at Norfolk. Spend the day in Roanoke’s downtown area and shop at the unique mix of shops and the historic Roanoke City Market. You will want to make plenty of time during your RN travel assignment to explore everything this unique and friendly state has to offer.
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Where are the travel nursing jobs in Virginia?
Registered Nurses are needed for travel nursing assignments throughout Virginia. Below is an example of available Virginia travel nursing jobs:
Alexandria, VA Travel Nursing Jobs
Cardiac Nursing – CVOR, CVICU, Pre & Post Open Heart Cardiac Catheter Laboratory Nursing – Cardiac Cath Lab EP Lab Nursing Critical Care Nursing – CCU, ICU, CVICU, NICU, PICU, MICU, SICU Emergency Room Nursing – ER, Emergency Department, Trauma, Triage, Flight Oncology Nursing – Chemo Certified RN Operating Room Nurse – OR, CVOR Nursing Orthopaedic Nursing – Ortho Pediatric Nursing – Peds, Pediatric Oncology, PICU Perianesthesia Nursing Perioperative Nursing Plastic and Reconstructive Surgical Nursing Psychiatric, Mental Health Nursing – Mental Health, Psych Nurse Pulmonary Nursing Medical Surgical – Med Surg RN, MS Telemetry – Tele Quality Improvement Rehabilitation Nursing – Rehab Direct Observation Unit, DOU, Step Down Progressive Care Unit – PCU RN Travel Post Anesthesia Unit – PACU RN
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Arlington, VA Travel Nursing Jobs
Cardiac Nursing – CVOR, CVICU, Pre & Post Open Heart Cardiac Catheter Laboratory Nursing – Cardiac Cath Lab EP Lab Nursing Critical Care Nursing – CCU, ICU, CVICU, NICU, PICU, MICU, SICU Emergency Room Nursing – ER, Emergency Department, Trauma, Triage, Flight Medical Surgical – Med Surg RN, MS Telemetry – Tele Oncology Nursing – Chemo Certified RN Operating Room Nurse – OR, CVOR Nursing Orthopaedic Nursing – Ortho Pain Management and Palliative Care Nursing Pediatric Nursing – Peds, Pediatric Oncology, PICU Perianesthesia Nursing Post Anesthesia Unit – PACU RN Perioperative Nursing Plastic and Reconstructive Surgical Nursing Psychiatric, Mental Health Nursing – Mental Health, Psych Nurse Pulmonary Nursing Quality Improvement Rehabilitation Nursing – Rehab Direct Observation Unit, DOU, Step Down Progressive Care Unit – PCU RN Travel
Newport News, VA Travel Nursing Jobs
Hematology Oncology Nursing Critical Care RN – SICU, CCU, ICU, CVICU, NICU, PICU, MICU Nursing Management Rehabilitation Nurse– Rehab RN Cardiac Nursing – CVOR, CVICU, Pre & Post Open Heart Cardiac Catheter Laboratory – Cardiac Cath Lab Electrophysiology Lab, EP Lab Nurse Traveling Emergency Room RN – ER, Emergency Department, Trauma, Triage, Flight Nurse Medical Surgical – Med Surg RN, MS Telemetry – Tele Utilization Review RN Obstetrics Gynecology – OB/GYN, L&D, LDRP, Mother Baby, Newborn Nursery Operating Room Nurse – OR, CVOR, General Post Anesthesia Care Unit- PACU Oncology – Chemo Cert Orthopaedic Nursing – Ortho Direct Observation Unit, DOU & Step Down Progressive Care Unit – PCU Surgical Nursing – Plastic, Cardiac, Same day, Ambulatory, General OR RN Pediatric Nurse – Peds, Pediatric Oncology, PICU Perianesthesia Perioperative RN Post Anesthesia Unit – PACU RN Plastic, Reconstructive Surgical RN Psychiatric Nurse, Mental Health Nursing – Mental Health, Psych RN Dialysis RN
Norfolk, VA Travel Nursing Jobs
Hematology Oncology Critical Care Nursing – CCU, ICU, CVICU, NICU, PICU, MICU, SICU Nursing Management Rehabilitation RN – Rehab Cardiac Nursing – CVOR, CVICU, Pre & Post Open Heart Cardiac Catheter Laboratory – Cardiac Cath Lab RN Emergency Room Nurse – ER, Emergency Department, Trauma, Triage, Flight Medical- Surgical RN – Med Surg, MS Telemetry Nurse – Tele Utilization Review – UR RN Obstetrics Gynecology – OB/GYN, L&D, LDRP, Mother Baby, Newborn Nursery Operating Room Nurse – OR Post Anesthesia Care Unit- PACU RN Oncology – Chemo Cert Orthopaedic Nursing – Ortho RN Travel Sub Acute Nursing Surgical Nursing RN– Plastic, Cardiac, Same day, Ambulatory, General OR Pediatric Nurse Travel – Peds, Pediatric Oncology, PICU Perianesthesia Nurse Dialysis Perioperative Nursing Plastic and Reconstructive Surgical Registered Nurses Psychiatric, Mental Health RN – Mental Health, Psych Nurse
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Hematology Oncology Critical Care Nursing – CCU, ICU, CVICU, NICU, PICU, MICU, SICU Nursing Management Rehabilitation RN – Rehab Cardiac Nursing – CVOR, CVICU, Pre & Post Open Heart Cardiac Catheter Laboratory – Cardiac Cath Lab RN Emergency Room Nurse – ER, Emergency Department, Trauma, Triage, Flight Medical- Surgical RN – Med Surg, MS Telemetry Nurse – Tele Utilization Review – UR RN Obstetrics Gynecology – OB/GYN, L&D, LDRP, Mother Baby, Newborn Nursery Operating Room Nurse – OR Post Anesthesia Care Unit- PACU RN Oncology – Chemo Cert Orthopaedic Nursing – Ortho RN Travel Sub Acute Nursing Surgical Nursing RN– Plastic, Cardiac, Same day, Ambulatory, General OR Pediatric Nurse Travel – Peds, Pediatric Oncology, PICU Perianesthesia Nurse PACU Perioperative Nursing Plastic and Reconstructive Surgical Registered Nurses
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Travel nursing in virginia: 4 reasons to visit the old dominion state.
Virginia is more than meets the eye. Seen by many as the birthplace of the United States, it’s also the state we have to thank for Sandra Bullock , Chick-Fil-A Sauce , and bluegrass music. It’s also home of the Pentagon, Shenandoah National Park, and the Arlington National Cemetery. It’s no surprise, then, that travel nurses are flocking to Virginia. From an epic, blue-crab-dotted coastline to the misty peaks of the Appalachian mountains, here are four reasons to check out travel nursing in Virginia.
1. Virginia is a Nurse Licensure Compact member state
Virginia is one of the 37 states and two territories to pass legislation to participate in the Nurse License Compact agreement. As such, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and licensed vocational nurses alike can bypass the burden of fulfilling additional state licensure requirements to become travel nurses here.
The built-in portability of an NLC license lowers the barriers for travel nursing in Virginia, making it easy to find work and get started without needing to re-apply, pass exams, or pay expensive licensure fees.
2. Demand is high for nurses, so you’ll feel both appreciated and needed
As of 2020, there are 95 hospitals in Virginia . Primarily non-profit institutions, there are also for-profit clinics, as well as a handful that are operated by state and local governments. Nationally renowned institutions include the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville and the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond.
According to the latest Community Health Needs Assessment from the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, the five leading health issues facing Virginia are obesity, behavioral health conditions, heart disease, diabetes, and substance abuse.
This presents a unique opportunity for travel nursing jobs in Virginia that can assist with critical service gaps in rural, impoverished communities. By 2028, the Virginia Employment Commission is projecting statewide demand for over 10,000 new nurses .
3. Often overlooked, Virginia is actually a great place to live and work
Virginia offers travel nurses a high quality of life. In 2022, U.S. News ranked Virginia seventh in the nation in its annual analysis of the best states to live in . What’s more, out of the 150 most populous metro areas analyzed, Richmond was named as the 57th best place to live in the country.
In 2021, Virginia took the top spot in the annual rankings of CNBC’s rankings of business-friendly states. This speaks to the state’s eagerness to welcome new talent across sectors, including healthcare, where it ranks 12 overall in the nation .
4. There are wonderful activities for all kinds of travel nurses
The mountains and valleys of Virginia’s southwest region make way to the robust Tidewater culture of the southeast. And yet, it all converges in the expanses of suburban Washington, D.C.
This compelling mix of dense urbanization, estuaries, and rolling hills is a spectacular backdrop for nurses with myriad interests.
- For the history buff. As the birthplace of four out of the first five U.S. Presidents , you don’t have to travel far to find a window into our nation’s past. Go to First Landing and see what Virginia was when the English arrived. Wander America’s Historic Triangle — Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown — and experience what life was like in the 1700s, when the Declaration of Independence was created and signed. While there, you can even walk up the same staircase as Thomas Jefferson and Marquis de La Fayette.
- For the outdoorsy. Virginia has several dozen state parks and designated historical sites with enough adventures to more than fill every weekend in a year. The Blue Ridge Mountains and the Great Smoky Mountains catch the eye of campers, backpackers, and vista-seekers, whereas the Chesapeake Bay and inland waterways pique the interest of the kayakers, anglers, and boaters. If you’re itching to lace up your hiking boots, one of the 544 miles of the Appalachian Trail that span the state will more than satisfy. Just be sure to pack your bug spray.
- For the city slicker. Virginia isn’t all backwoods flat footing and washboard playing . Major metropolitan areas include Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Arlington, Norfolk, and Richmond, offering respite to travel nurses who are more comfortable with a city bus map than a compass. Dine at The Inn at Little Washington , a recipient of two Michelin gold stars. Sip craft cocktails at one of the many waterfront bars that line Virginia Beach. Take in opera at the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, one of the only national parks devoted to the purpose of performance. And if you need an even bigger city fix — or a night out to cheer on a professional sports team — Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Charlotte can all be reached in a day .
- For the introvert. After a full day of caring for others, you might be in need of some quiet time. Rather than rewatch Gilmore Girls, take a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway, pick up your next favorite novel at Prince Books & Coffee House in Norfolk, cozy up with a bowl of local favorite Brunswick Stew , or sit along the sandy coastline and take in the waves of the Atlantic.
Wendy Devine, a traveling dialysis nurse, was delighted by the beauty of her Virginia Beach placement. “I wake up on the tenth floor of my hotel room and open up the curtains to the ocean. It was quite an experience for me. I’ve never stayed on the beach.”
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Travel Certified Nursing Assistant Jobs in Virginia (Travel CNA Jobs)
Today, medical facilities rely on traveling nurses for many reasons, such as high employee turnover, strikes, low-staffed departments in need, and crises. The spread of COVID-19 and its variants have also created more demand for traveling nurses. As a result, there is a high demand for travel nurses in many states and countries globally. The high demand for nurses has increased wages for nurses, particularly for certified nursing assistants or CNAs. Although COVID-19 led to low pay rates for nurses in some states, travel certified nursing assistants have many high-paying job options.
Due to the high demand for skilled nurses, if you seek travel CNA jobs in Virginia, remember that although there are many jobs openings, the openings are filling quickly. The available assignment listings also change by the hour. Therefore, to get hired, you will need to update your qualifications and certifications before applying for any travel certified nursing assistant assignment. Your CNA application will likely succeed when you tell the recruiters more about yourself. The recruiters will better match your qualifications and certifications with the assignment options available.
Who is a Certified Nursing Assistant?
A certified nursing assistant in Virginia is a state-certified nurse who provides hands-on care directly to patients in various medical settings under the supervision of either a registered nurse (RN) or a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). As a certified nursing assistant, you will provide care related to patients’ daily and routine living needs, also known as activities of daily living or ADLs. You will also be responsible for monitoring the patient’s health progress and providing other medical staff with daily reports of the patient’s health changes.
What are the Duties of a Certified Nursing Assistant?
As a Virginia certified nursing assistant, you will work with patients requiring basic assistance, such as ensuring patients’ safety take care of themselves while moving around and interacting with their environment. However, you will also attend to patients with life-threatening conditions and elderly patients needing tender care at the end of life stages. Regardless of the type of patients you are attending to, you must understand their specific needs, including their medications, allergies, daily routines, behavioral patterns, and dietary restrictions. Overall, you will be required to know what your patients need to live safely and comfortably when under your care. To successfully perform these duties, CNAs must have great communication skills to help them communicate effectively with the patients and other medical staff.
As a CNA, you will be involved in the routine activities of your patients. Medical staff relies on you to notice and report any patient’s health changes that can lead to major health complications. Therefore, as part of the healthcare team, CNAs play important roles. The job of a CNA will involve the following duties:
● Help patients get in and out of beds ● Help patients with their hygiene ● Assist patients with exercises and movements ● Reposition paralyzed and immobile patients ● Record health changes of the patient ● Monitor patient’s medication, food, and water intake ● Offer compassion to patients, friends, and family
Which are some of the Certified Nursing Assistant Job Titles?
The specific job title of a CNA will slightly change depending on location in which you work and the specific job duties of your assignment. However, you should expect your role’s basic duties and responsibilities to remain consistent from one assignment to the next. As a CNA, your job titles will include Geriatric Nursing Assistant (GNA), State Certified Nursing Assistant (STNA), Patient Care Assistant (PCA), Certified Nurse Aide, or Nursing Assistant. CNAs can apply for certifications in several states. In addition, using state reciprocity, CNAs can become an Interim CNA, what is known as a travel certified nurse assistant.
Duties of a Virginia Certified Travel Nurse Assistant
Certified travel nurse assistants are mobile CNAs who travel to the location of their assignments. Travel CNAs relocate to their assignment’s location for the duration of their contract to provide care and support services to patients. Throughout your assignment, you will stay updated on medical guidelines, offer various clinical services and follow the instructions of RNs and other medical staff you are working under. Your contract as a travel nurse assistant will run for 13 weeks, although you will occasionally extend the contract while caring for certain patients. Although it is not compulsory, you will work with recruiting agencies to find assignments.
Requirements and Qualifications of a Certified Travel Nurse Assistant
To qualify as a certified travel nurse assistant, you will need a high school diploma and undertake a state-approved certified nursing assistant training program. Although you will find many institutions offering CNA training, you must ensure that the chosen institution offers a training program that follows state requirements for your certification. After completing your training, you will sit for a certification exam with the state you wish to practice. When you work as a certified travel nurse assistant, you will enjoy numerous benefits. However, your duties are demanding and have several challenges. For example, you will be traveling to unfamiliar locations away from your family and loved ones. Suppose you are concerned about gaining relevant experience in your career. In that case, traveling to various institutions offers you a wealth of experiences that enable you to build relationships with patients, making your role fulfilling and satisfying.
The federal law requires you to complete at least twelve years of continuous education to maintain your certification. You will also need certifications other than the annual CEU, including a physical exam, tuberculosis screening, and basic life support certification. For your certificates to remain valid, you must maintain them annually. You will obtain these certifications in various institutions, including memory care, medication aide, wound care, and hospice and palliative care. If you want to pursue your career further, you can advance to becoming a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse.
Qualities of a Travel Nurse Assistant
If you want to be successful in fulfilling your duties as a travel nurse assistant, you need to possess the following qualities:
● Excellent communication skills ● Ability to work both independently and under the supervision of other medical staff ● Strict adherence to patient safety and privacy guidelines ● Ability to monitor and report important health outcomes of the patient ● High tolerance levels to care for arrogant and rude clients ● Compassionate
How much do CNAs Earn?
Your salary as a travel CAN in Virginia will vary depending on your assignment’s location and your experience. However, a travel CNA will earn higher than normal CNAs because they have the opportunity to travel to states offering higher wages. Also, travel CNAs may receive bonuses, stipends, and incentives for travel. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), CNAs receive an annual salary ranging from $22000 to $40,000.
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