Behavioral Health Travel Nurse Jobs

Behavioral health nurses provide care to patients who are experiencing mental or emotional disorders. They work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, psychiatric wards, and clinics. Behavioral health nurses must have a strong understanding of mental health disorders and be able to provide effective care to patients.

Travel nursing can be an exciting and rewarding career, especially for those who are excited about experiencing new places and meeting new people. There are many benefits to working as a travel pediatric nurse, such as an increased income, professional development opportunities, and gaining experience in areas outside of your own geographic region.

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Travel Behavioral Health Nurse FAQ

Mental health nurses specialize in treating patients with mental health issues, including clinical depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. They work closely with a treatment team to assist patients and their families to treat mental illness. Some psych floors/wards are only short-term or outpatient and work with low-risk patients. Others are temporary or sometimes have permanent residents who need to be in a controlled environment.

Patient Ratio
  • 1:6-12

Recommended Certifications

Additional Certifications
  • CPI

  • Adolescent

  • Adult

  • Alcohol/substance dependency

  • Alzheimer's/dementia

  • Outpatient

  • Long-term

  • Suicidal

  • Mood disorders

  • Geriatric

The salary of a registered nurse can vary significantly depending on the experience of the nurse as well as the experience, certifications, and location they are working. The median salary for a registered nurse was $ 80,010 per year or $36.22 per hour in 2020 with most earning between $61,630 and $93,590 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Entry-level registered nurse jobs or those with the lowest 10% salary earned around $53,410, while the highest 10% earned more than $116,230. Typically, a travel nurse job will provide higher hourly and weekly pay than permanent positions in the same location, especially for critical care units like medical-surgical units.

Education & License Requirements

In order to work as a Behavioral Health RN, Registered Nurses must complete their associate's or bachelor's degree in nursing and take the National Council Licensure Exam NCLEX -RN Exam, which is a requirement to practice as an RN in the United States. Once the NCLEX exam is passed and you meet the board of nursing license requirements in your state, then all that is left is to do is gain the necessary experience in your specialty and explore additional certifications.


Common certifications that could be required include Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).

Behavioral health nurses typically work in settings such as hospitals, clinics, and mental health facilities. These facilities may be located in different regions of the country, and salaries can vary based on the cost of living in those areas. For example, a behavioral health nurse working in a major metropolitan area may earn a higher salary than one working in a rural community.

While compensation offers can vary greatly depending on the contract or agency offering, pay packages for Behavioral Health travel nurses typically have four major components: hourly taxable wages, meals and incidentals, housing, and travel. The estimated weekly gross pay is based on the specified number of hours per week and includes available stipend amounts.

Hourly Pay

Full-time nurses working at healthcare facilities receive a salary, but most travel nurse employers offer hourly wages. Every pay package must include a taxable hourly wage, and the amount can vary depending on the shift, location, and specialty required of the assignment.


Housing payments can be included in a payment from a staffing agency. This is typically offered in two ways. Either the company is providing housing, or the traveler is taking the housing stipend. It is more beneficial for the traveler to take the housing stipend for two primary reasons. First, they will have a choice in where they stay. Everyone’s definitions of comfortable and acceptable are different. The second reason the housing stipend is more beneficial for them is that it can be given as a nontaxable amount.

Meals and Incidentals

Also known as per diems, meal and incidental stipends provide a daily budget for daily living expenses. These standards vary depending on the cost of living in cities and states across the country.

Travel Expenses

Travel is the last portion of the pay package. Many recruiters may not even offer travel and instead put that money into the per diems or housing for their traveler so they are receiving the benefits over the entire contract, not just at the very beginning or end of the contract. While a travel stipend can be used to cover the cost of a flight for the traveler, it is more often than not used to subsidize the traveler’s expenses to and from an assignment. Travel expenses can be offered as a reimbursement rate per mile, though many agencies will opt to offer a flat rate to and from an assignment.

Many Behavioral Health nurses find work through recruitment agencies and marketplaces, which means you have better access to job boards to choose your schedule, location, and salary. When you begin browsing for jobs, be sure to consider the housing options, the benefits, the guaranteed hours' policy, and the recruiting company’s overall reputation.

The good news is that Fusion Marketplace has everything you need when it comes to finding the perfect traveling nursing jobs. Here, you have the freedom to compare benefits, packages, and staffing agencies—all in one place. So find your next job today.