How to become a travel nurse in canada?

Working in the Northern Canada as a nurse is an excellent opportunity to explore this vast and beautiful part of our country.

What is a travel nurse?

A travel nurse is a healthcare professional who works in a temporary position, carrying out short- and medium-term assignments that require travel. Travel nurses work in hospitals, clinics and other institutions that are faced with unfilled vacancies and patients in need of care.

Assignments are for periods ranging from two to twenty-four weeks, depending on the needs of the area’s hospitals and clinics. Travel nurses are becoming increasingly popular in the medical industry as there are many unfilled positions to be filled, especially in remote areas.

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What does it take to be a travel nurse?

The ideal travel nurse is someone who values freedom, autonomy and working in new places. Someone who likes to meet new people and adapt to different working environments, but also working with people from different educational backgrounds and from different professional sectors.

If you like to get out of your comfort zone and are not afraid to go on adventures, becoming a travelling nurse might be for you. And since you will have freedom to create your own schedule, travel nursing is ideal for those who value their free time!

If you like to get out of your comfort zone and are not afraid to go on adventures, becoming a traveling nurse might be for you.

How to qualify to become a travel nurse

To qualify for the job of travel nursing in Canada, you must:

  • Be a Registered Nurse. This can be done by submitting proof of registration from an applicable provincial College of Nurses
  • Have 2 years of nursing experience in critical care (the more experience you have, the better).
  • Have a fair amount of professional curiosity
  • Be proficient in English and/or French (Quebec)
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Find an agency that is right for you

Finding the right travel nursing agency can be a daunting task. It’s important that you find an agency that fits your needs and has the experience to match. Here are some things to think about when choosing an agency:

  • How long has it been in business?
  • What is their reputation? Does anyone know them? If so, who?
  • Do they have any specialties or awards for excellence? (Travel nursing can be a competitive industry.)
  • Who does their recruiting—specifically recruiters with experience in travel nursing assignments overseas and/or within Canada?


The travel nurse career is an incredible opportunity for those who want to make a difference in other people’s lives. Travel nursing can be a challenging, rewarding and exciting career path that will allow you to see what Canada has to offer while also helping those who need it most. If you are looking for a new job or career path, travel nursing may be the answer!

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