Travel Registered Nurse | Bethel, Alaska | PED | 2021
AK - $85/HR - RN Med/Surg/Inpatient (Adult and Pediatrics)
Medical-Surgical Travel Nurses
Medical-surgical nursing (med-surg nursing) is by far the largest nursing specialty in the nation. If you have ever gone to a hospital to visit a friend or loved one, they were most likely receiving care from a med-surg nurse.
What is med-surg? Registered nurses are primarily found in hospitals working on a med-surg floor. They are responsible for taking care of acutely ill adult patients that could be recovering from surgery or could have a wide variety of medical problems and diseases. Med-surg travel nurses provide care for patients before and after surgeries and medical procedures. Besides hospitals, you can also find med-surg in outpatient clinics, long-term care facilities, and specialty surgery centers.
What are the responsibilities of med-surg travel nurses? Medical-surgical registered nurses are responsible for taking daily assessments, post-surgical assessments, and caring for patients’ wounds. In addition to providing basic care to patients, med-surg travel nurses also continuously monitor and assess patients’ needs and health status and evaluate whether patient treatments (medications and other routine aspects of care) are effective based on the health outcomes of the patients.
Perhaps the most important skill a travel med-surg nurse should have is excellent coordination skills. You must be able to multi-task and “wear many different hats” to advocate for and provide care to your patients. Mainly because med-surg travel nurses have a heavier patient load that nurses who work in intensive care or maternity, these nurses must be highly organized and great at coordinating multiple care treatments for a handful of patients at a time. Med-surg nurses might be juggling several tasks at one time, such as providing patient education, administering medications, admitting new patients, discharging other patients, and communicating progress with the entire care team.
Job Skills / Requirements:
- Valid BLS from the American Heart Association
- A valid professional license within the state of practice
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) credentialing through the American Heart Association is recommended and may be required for specific registered nurses and travel nurse positions
- Other specialty-related certifications are preferred and may be required for specific positions
- Proof of right to work in the United States
- Experience as a med-surg nurse in a hospital setting
Med-Surg Travel Nurse Salary and Job Outlook
Med-surg travel nurses are in demand in virtually all 50 states across the nation. Med-surg travel nurse pay is going to vary greatly depending on the current demand and the location of the facility. If you want to pick up additional shifts as a medical-surgical travel nurse, there are often overtime opportunities within this specialty of travel nursing.
Elite Specialty Staffing also offers referral bonuses and other incentives that can further increase pay. Med-Surg travel nurses who work with Elite Specialty Staffing can choose to take free, private, luxurious housing, or a generous housing subsidy. When you work as a med-surg travel nurse with Elite Specialty Staffing, you will gain all the lucrative travel nursing benefits we offer. Apply today!
Travel Nursing Jobs in Alaska
What’s most important to you when it comes to looking for travel nursing jobs? If high pay rates and/or adventure top your list, then you should have a closer look at travel nursing jobs in Alaska.
Have you ever seen the Northern Lights? Have you ever seen the stars so bright? Beyond the phenomenon that lights up the night sky, Alaska has a lot to offer anyone with a taste for adventure with its impressive hiking volcanoes, salmon runs, glaciers, and more.
If you decide to work as a travel nurse in Alaska, which is also known as the Land of the Midnight Sun, you will be able to enjoy the summer sun throughout the day and the night when you are in Barrow, Alaska between May 10 to August 2nd. Are you into golfing? Athletes that enjoy this particular sport will love being able to fit a round of golf into their day because there are tee times that start at 5 AM and go on until midnight!
Throughout the Alaskan Peninsula, you will find 23.5 million acres of wild refuges and national parks, which include a combination of volcanoes and grasslands. In fact, you will see that anglers travel from far and wide to catch char and grayling in the freshwater lakes, or they get the salmon in Bristol Bay. Juneau is a popular destination in Alaska where professionals love to go to take in a full panorama of the glaciers - they can also take a look at the mountain range and city from high above when they take the Mount Roberts Tramway.
Fairbanks is a very modern city that has all the amenities of an urban setting that finds itself home to several travel nurses during different times of the year. Beyond the city limits of Fairbanks, you will find Mount McKinley, which is a popular sporting destination for rock climbing and hiking enthusiasts.
Travel nurses in Alaska will also want to make a trip to Denali National Park, which is the spot for photographers and nature lovers. There, you will find caribou, grizzly bears, moose, Dall sheep, and wolves roaming about in the countryside. In this area, you will also find the McKinley Explorer Train that provides 360-degree panoramic views because it has railcars that are enclosed with glass. If you travel to the southwest part of the state, Alaskan travel nurses can enjoy fishing, camping, canoeing, and kayaking.
Resources for Alaskan Travel Nurses
If you are considering taking a travel nursing job in Alaska, be sure that all your registered nursing licenses and credentials are up to date. Check out the Alaskan Board of Nursing’s website for further information about the nursing regulations in the state of Alaska.
Work with Elite Specialty Staffing to Enjoy Lucrative Travel Nursing Benefits:
- High Pay and Bonuses
- Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance from Day One
- Free Private Housing or Generous Housing Allowance
- Tax Advantage Plan
- Weekly Payroll Deposit
- Free Online CEUs
- 401(k) Plans
- Traveler Rewards and Discounts
- Travel and Licensure Reimbursements