Changing Your Nursing Specialty as a Travel Nurse

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Changing Your Nursing Specialty as a Travel Nurse


Anything is possible with travel nursing, but just because it’s possible doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy.

One of the many questions that come up when considering a change in your nursing specialty while traveling is: Do you have to pause travel nursing to gain experience and knowledge in your desired specialty?

If you’re looking to invest in travel nursing, you must be willing to work hard and have focus, good decision making, and the right attitude to accomplish your goals.

Let’s take a look at a few things to keep in mind when changing your nursing specialty as you travel.

How to Change Your Nursing Specialty

Even if you plan to spend your entire career in nursing, you probably won’t work in the same field or specialty all throughout. Most travel nurses want to explore the possibility of shifting to a different specialty.

Here’s how you can change your nursing specialty while travel nursing.
Don’t Be Afraid to Try

The first step in choosing a new nursing specialty is self-evaluation.

Ask yourself if this is the specialty you really want. Consider what you like and dislike about your current specialty. Think about your strengths, weaknesses, interests, and the things that motivate you. Are you ready for the challenge of a switch? Only then can you figure out if you’re really meant to change your specialty.

Sometimes there’s no way of telling whether or not you’re fit for another specialty until you’ve immersed yourself in it, so ask if you can shadow a nurse in the specialty area you’re considering.

Keep in mind that it’s possible to change your nursing specialty while you’re traveling.
Never be afraid to try.

Do Your Research

Once you think you have a handle on your personal preferences, you can begin to explore what’s out there. There are a lot of nursing resources online that you can find. Having a varied approach to research is best. Reading journals, blogs, and articles about other specialties will help you gauge your interests.

Attending nursing career fairs and conferences can help with your research too. It’s an effective way to ensure you learn from professionals and experts in the field.

You can also network with nurses from a specific specialty to have a better understanding from the people on the ground. Doing that allows you to ask other travel nurses how they changed their specialty while taking assignments.

Continuing Education for Travel Nurse

In the world of travel nursing, maintaining your own Continuing Education Units (CEUs) is important. Continuing Education can be a good idea if you’re planning to change your nursing specialty. The units you acquired from your CE will help you better grasp the ideal specialty for you.



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