Sometimes a healthcare facility will terminate a travel nurse’s contract unexpectedly. This can occur because of many reasons: unpredictably-low census, budget concerns, and many other issues. Making sure that you’re prepared is always a good idea, even though this happens rarely. Demonstrate good flexibility at such a time. Have a travel nurse recruiter on your side. It can be a lifesaver if your travel nurse contract is ever unexpectedly cancelled. While you may never find yourself in this situation, what should you do if this unfortunate circumstance were to unfold?
1. Contact your travel nursing recruiter.
This is only a bump in the road. Contact your recruiter right away. The travel nurse company should be first in notification, but sometimes healthcare facilities will bypass. Either way, your recruiter can get the answers you need. Try not to worry, you’ll be on your way in no time.
2. Check for open travel assignments in the area.
Your recruiter should gather information about other jobs near your current location and present it to you immediately. Be sure to ask about open travel assignments if your recruiter hasn’t started this process. If there is something available, it will make the transition much easier by eliminating the need to relocate or find new housing. Open communication between all parties involved is key.
If there are no appropriate open assignments near your current location you and your recruiter will find a travel job at a facility in a new location. This usually occurs if you are working in a rural area. Patience and flexibility are key! Your recruiter will do his or her best to find the travel nursing position most suitable for your needs.
3. Turn to your support network.
Your recruiter will provide lots of support during this period, but a contract cancellation can leave you feeling frustrated and defeated. While submissions to the appropriate facilities and getting the answers you need is happening, it’s a great time to turn to your support network. Other travel nurses, travel nursing forums and groups, friends, and family will keep you sane during this stressful time. The travel nursing community is tight-knit and many have been through the same situation. They can offer helpful advice or just a friendly ear.
If you have more questions about travel nurse contracts, reach out to a trusted recruiter at Health Carousel Travel Nursing. We believe all Super Nurses deserve a sidekick they can rely on!