If you want to be a travel nurse, you have to find a medical staffing company for travel nursing to represent you. What you will quickly find, however, is that there are many to choose from. This is because there is a high demand for travel nurses. All of these staffing companies will try to attract you with interesting salaries and bonuses, so how do you choose the one that is right for you?
Pick an Agency that Focuses on Travel Nursing
Avoid nursing agencies that offer a wealth of assignments, including regular positions within medical services. You need to make sure that your agency only focuses on travel nursing, as they are more likely to be experienced and to be able to represent you in the best way possible. Some key things to look into in the company include:
- Their track record and reputation, demonstrating that they have good connections and an excellent selection.
- That they listen to you, respecting your particular wishes in terms of the roles that are presented to you. They should never pressurize you into taking on a job.
- That they want to improve your career as a whole. For instance, they may be able to link you up with continuous education credits, and they may even sponsor you for a master of science in nursing (MSN)
- That they are respected with other travel nurses, and that they recommend the agency you are considering.
Apply for Positions
Usually, you can apply for positions through the agency’s website. Do remember that you don’t have to be registered with an agency to apply for a job. You can, therefore, cut out the middleman, although this does make you somewhat more vulnerable because you won’t have any professional representation.
Talk to a Recruiter
You should be assigned your own recruiter once you sign on. You will work exclusively with that person, who will understand and represent your needs. Make sure you have a good conversation with them to explain what you expect, therefore.
Choose an Assignment
Consider where you would like to go, and what type of facility you want to work for. There are large metropolitan hospitals, tiny rural clinics, disaster relief efforts, private practices, and more. Think about the pros and cons of each assignment before you decide.
Interview the Facility
As a travel nurse, you generally don’t have to be interviewed for the job, as this is what the agency is there for. However, you should interview the facility to make sure you have a good idea of what to expect once you are there.
Accept the Assignment
If you feel you have found a good assignment, you can accept it. The wheels will then be set in motion for your travel and accommodation, and your pay.
Start the Adventure
Now that you have picked and accepted your assignment, it is time to pack your bags and start what will be the adventure of a lifetime.