Are you a nurse in need of a job that values, appreciates, and compensates you the way you deserve? Do you think about becoming a travel nurse, but feel that it is merely a dream? You are not alone and likely a little lost on where to begin.
Many nurses have heard of travel nursing, but feel uneasy about the idea of working for an agency and coordinating with a recruiter. Some may be thinking, “what is a travel nurse agency?” or “what does a travel nurse recruiter do?”
Travel nursing agencies place nurses in hospital or clinic settings with temporary contracts. Recruiters are the people that manage your information and match you with suitable travel nurse job opportunities. Building a relationship with a recruiter is a key part of your success. As they say, “teamwork makes the dream work.”
Here are some ways to find a travel nurse agency and recruiter, establish that working relationship, and gain more confidence in making your dream a reality.
Finding A Travel Nurse Agency And Recruiter
There are several different travel nursing agencies with aspects that set them apart from each other. After finding an agency that fits your needs, the next step is to get in touch with a recruiter.
Here, you are able to ask your recruiter any and all questions. This gives you a chance to get to know them, while allowing them to simultaneously get to know you. The key to maintaining an awesome working relationship with each other is open and honest communication.
As you continue speaking with your recruiter, they can provide you with the necessary foundational resources to take the next step. Do you need insurance and benefits? Ask about what plans or packages they offer. Are you looking to stay in the state you live in or will you need housing provided in a different area? They will be able to coordinate that for you.
Communicating your needs and goals will help your recruiter provide the best possible jobs for you with each and every contract.
Communication With Contracts
In order to become a travel nurse, most facilities seek one to two years of experience in your particular specialty. Additional information for you and your recruiter to discuss include location, hours, and pay.
Where do you see yourself traveling? Do you need to stay within the state you live in? Do you want day shift or night shift hours? What are your expectations in terms of pay? These are some of the questions your recruiter will ask to find you the perfect job.
Capturing A Travel Nurse Job
Using all their gathered information, your recruiter will be able to compile a list of jobs for you to choose from. And yes, you will be able to pick the job that you feel best suits you.
After selecting a contract that you are interested in, your recruiter will submit you to the job. Once submitted, the manager from the facility will contact you for an interview. During the interview, you can learn more information about the specific unit to ensure that the job is a good fit. If you decide to take the contract, you will simply tell your recruiter that you accept and they will take care of the rest.
With this additional knowledge, do you feel more prepared to take the next steps in your nursing career? Are you ready to feel appreciated, confident, and valued for all your hard work? Fill out our online form to start building a relationship with one of our team members today!