Perhaps the most complex and least understood aspect of travel nursing is travel nursing pay. Most blog posts I’ve read don’t provide a completely accurate explanation of the pay package. Some of them do a good job of explaining the travel nurse’s side of the pay package, but nobody comes close to offering a full explanation of what’s happening on the agency’s side of the equation. Understanding the agency’s side of the equation is extremely important as it will help you see right through the sly sales pitches and advertising gimmicks. Read more
I often see travel nurses and recruiters debate whether or not travel nurses should work with multiple agencies. The simple answer is Yes! You should work with several agencies. In my opinion, you should work with at least 3 agencies, more if you intend to travel the country far and wide. In fact, for best results, you should work with as many agencies as you can possibly handle. Read more
Chances are good that nurses will be able to find many travel nursing agencies that can meet their needs. So nurses will still be stuck figuring out which agencies to actually work with. Almost every travel nurse will mention how important it is to have a good travel nurse recruiter.
The travel nurse recruiter really can be the X Factor in choosing a agency. Recruiters can make bad agencies good and good agencies bad. It’s tough to come by a really good travel recruiter. My experience indicates that it’s a position with a fairly high turnover rate, so coming by a recruiter with more than 2 years experience can be tough. In addition, evaluating a recruiter can also be a difficult task. Read more
Below is a list of over 200 travel nursing agencies. Please comment if you would like to add an agency to the list or if you find any incorrect or outdated information on the list. Read more
If you’ve been keeping up with our previous blog posts on “Finding Travel Nursing Companies” then you’ll probably agree that the question really becomes, “Are you finding the agency, or is the agency finding you?” I mean, when you stop and think about it, many of the ways that you might use to find an agency, are really just sneaky ways for the agency to find you. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it’s also important to engage in finding agencies that meet your needs. Read more
Determining which travel nursing companies you’re interested in working with as a travel nurse can be extremely time consuming. You need to have a strategy that cuts to the point. In this blog post I’ll lay out a strategy for accomplishing this. The strategy is basic and there are only two steps. First, determine exactly what you want from travel nursing and an agency. Second, immediately determine if agencies can meet your needs when speaking with them. Read more
We’ve discussed the many methods travel nursing agencies utilize to obtain the contact information of healthcare professionals. Once they have the information, it goes in to a data base where it is put to use by the agency’s recruiters. The recruiter’s primary focus is to find candidates, determine their qualifications, sell them on travel nursing jobs they’re qualified for, and ensure that their submission profiles are completed. Read more