Are you a nurse with an adventurous spirit? Do you love the idea of exploring new cities while helping patients? If so, working as a travel nurse can combine your passion for healthcare with your thirst for adventure.
The demand for travel nurses keeps increasing. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, travel nursing jobs are projected to grow by 12% from 2018 to 2028.
There’s a growing need for healthcare professionals across the United States. Before you set off on a new adventure you must pair with a travel agency. Working with a reputable agency will make all the difference. Here are some questions to ask a travel nurse recruiter at your next interview with a staffing agency.
Question 1: Will I Be Assigned a Dedicated Contact Person?
When you’re considering travel nursing jobs, find an agency that provides you with the support you need. A dedicated contact person can make all the difference. They can help you:
Help you get oriented at your new facility
Provide support, guidance, and overall assistance
Maybe you have questions about your assignment. Or perhaps you’ll encounter challenges on the job or need assistance with paperwork. One designated contact person ensures that you know whom to call.
Question #2: Does Your Agency Do Per Diem Shifts?
Always ask about an agency’s policy on callouts and last-minute shifts. Emergencies can happen anytime in healthcare. Agencies that can adjust to last-minute staffing needs in a way that doesn’t negatively affect you is important.
Also, finding an agency that accommodates last-minute needs in a way that works for you. Maybe you like picking up extra hours here and there. Your agency will help.
An adaptable agency embraces the uncertainties that come with healthcare. They’re also a dependable resource.
Question #3: What Types of Assignments or Locations are Offered?
Before working as a travel nurse, ask about assignments and locations. Finding the right match can impact your satisfaction, growth, and career prospects.
Different agencies specialize in different settings, including:
Long-term care facilities
Find an agency with assignments that align with your expertise and interests. Whether your passion lies in fast-paced emergency departments or cozy community clinics, an agency should have lots of options for you.
Exploring the locations available to you is also important. Travel nursing jobs offer a chance to explore new cities and regions. By asking about available locations, you can see if the agency offers placements in places you want to go.
Consider too that a wider range of travel nursing jobs opens more doors to enhance your resume. You’ll be exposed to more healthcare practices, patient populations, and cultural experiences. This exposure can:
Broaden your skill set
Increase your adaptability
Enrich your understanding of healthcare
Combined, this makes you an attractive candidate for future assignments!
Question #4: How Does Your Agency Handle Logistics and Compensation?
Logistics can encompass things like:
By asking how an agency handles logistics, you’ll gain insights into how agencies support their nurses. A reputable agency will have established processes and resources to handle logistics efficiently. This takes the burden off your shoulders so you can focus on nursing.
Ask about what an agency provides you. This may include things like:
Arranging ground transportation
Reimbursing travel expenses
Some agencies have established relationships with travel vendors. This helps them negotiate favorable rates to minimize overall costs.
Housing: A trustworthy agency will provide safe, comfortable housing. It may or may not be furnished and you may or may not receive a stipend. Housing should be conveniently located to your assigned healthcare facility.
Licensing and credentialing: This can prove to be complex for travelers, especially when working in different states or healthcare facilities. Inquire about an agency’s support to obtain and maintain necessary licenses and certifications. A reputable agency will offer help with the application process, ensure timely renewals, and provide guidance on additional requirements.
Compensation: Ask about how payment works. This should include details about pay rates, taxes, and reimbursement. Make sure the agency is transparent about all aspects of the compensation package. This includes additional benefits like health insurance, retirement plans, and referral bonuses.
Question #5: What is Your Agency’s Track Record?
You can ask this question outright but also be prepared to do your own research. Take the time to read online reviews, testimonials, and ratings. These should be a mix of travel nurses and healthcare facilities who have worked with the agency.
Also, find out if an agency is new or has been around awhile. A well-established agency with a proven track record suggests expertise and stability. On the other hand, a newer agency may have fresh innovative approaches. Decide what matters most to you so you know if an agency is aligned.
Don’t forget to check out an agency’s certifications and affiliations. Affiliations with reputable organizations such as the Joint Commission ensure high-quality healthcare staffing services. Beyond Medical was awarded with, “Best of Staffing Talent Satisfaction” from ClearlyRated, reflecting a high level of satisfaction among our travel nurses.
As you can see, there are many questions to ask a travel nurse recruiter. As you embark down the path of becoming a travel nurse, don’t be shy about asking questions! A little bit of communication can go a long way toward ensuring a smooth and rewarding experience.
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