Preparing for your New Travel Assignment

11 Jan, 2024

How to Prepare for the Credentialing Process

Signing on for a new travel assignment is full of excitement.  The hope for new locations, people, and exciting sights is enough to make you want to grab your suitcase, book a ticket, and leave right away.  But the journey from contract to assignment comes with some milestones you need to accomplish to ensure a smooth start to your exciting new adventure.

One stop along that journey is credentialing.  Credentialing is the process of verifying licenses, employment documents, medical records, certifications, and any other documents needed for you to start your contract.

Having all the required documents ahead of time is the best way to speed up the credentialing process.  To help you prepare, we broke down a list of the most common documents you should have on hand when applying for a travel nurse assignment.

Note: These are the common documents, but depending on the facilities you are applying to, you may or may not need these documents, and there may be additional documents not noted.  Refer to your credentialing specialist for a complete list of facility-required documents.


  • Copy of your Diploma or Unofficial Transcript

Certifications (As applicable to your specialty):

  • BLS (Basic Life Support)
  • ACLS (Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support)
  • PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)
  • TNCC (Trauma Nursing Core Course)
  • ENCP (Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course)
  • NIH Stroke (National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale)
  • NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation Program)


  • Annual CORE/HIPPA Exam
  • RN Pharmacology Exam
  • ECG/Dysrhythmia Exam
  • Anti-Bullying Course
  • State Licenses
  • Copy of a signed state license registration

Medical Records (Some facilities may require Quantitative Lab Reports)

  • Current Health Assessment/Physical (within current 12 months)
  • PPD (within current 12 months)
  • TB Questionnaire (required even for negative PPD results)
  • Respirator Mask Fit Test
  • MMR Immunizations or Titers (2-series vaccine or titers must be positive confirming immunity)
  • Hep B Immunizations or Titer (3-series vaccine or titer must be positive confirming immunity)
  • Varicella Immunizations or Titer (2-series vaccine or titer must be positive confirming immunity)
  • Flu Vaccine
  • Tdap

State Compliance 

  • Depending on the state, there may be specific compliance documents needed

Preparing these documents can be time-consuming, but once you finish, we suggest you keep them in a file (hard copy or digital is fine) and then update it regularly.  If you adopt this habit, preparing for future travel nursing assignments will be a breeze.

If you want to know more about travel assignments, reach out to our team now. Contact Us

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