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How should a travel nurse list his/her travel nursing experience? Every assignment? Per agency?

Wednesday March 5, 2014
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Dear Donna,

I have been a travel nurse for nearly three years and am looking to settle in one location. Although I already have a CV listing my past experiences, I would like to make a resume to present to potential employers. How do I go about listing my travel experience? Should I list every assignment, the two travel agencies I traveled with or something different entirely?

Travel Nurse

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Travel Nurse,

It is absolutely not necessary, nor advisable, to list all of your assignments or even the agencies you worked for, if more than one. I recommend listing it this way:

“TRAVEL NURSE 2012-Present’ would be your job title, and underneath it, verbiage similar to the following, which would reflect your work as a traveling nurse: “Worked for various travel agencies on short-term, critical care assignments across the country from Hawaii to Maine.”

You can then go on to list several specific experiences or accomplishments from your travel experiences as you would for a traditional job.

Best wishes,

Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nurse.com’s “Dear Donna” and author of “Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional” and “The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career.” Information about the books is available at www.Nurse.com/CE/7010 and www.Nurse.com/CE/7250, respectively. To ask Donna your question, go to www.Nurse.com/Asktheexperts/Deardonna. Find a “Dear Donna” seminar near you: Call 800-866-0919 or visit http://www. Nurse.com/Events.