Travel Nursing Companies and Agencies

Everything travel nurses need to know about travel nursing companies including how to find the best, how they operate, contract availability and more.

Travel Nursing Company Ratings – 2014

In their quest to find the best travel nursing companies, travel nurses regularly look to the main travel nursing company rating websites. And why wouldn’t they? As a culture, we love ratings. And as a travel nurse, you’re entrusting so much more to a travel nursing agency than you would to almost any other service.

But like all ratings, travel nurse company ratings should be taken with a grain of salt. We’ve discussed the issues to consider when utilizing travel nurse agency ratings in a previous blog post, so we won’t rehash them here. With that in mind, we have compiled the ratings from three of the top agency rating websites into one cumulative average. We looked at the ratings from Travel Nursing Central, Highway Hypodermics, and Travel Nursing Blogs, created some super nerdy math formulas, and ran the calculations. The results are below.

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9 Points of Debate Between Travel Nursing Companies over the MSP Model

The debate over Managed Service Providers in travel nursing and healthcare staffing heated up in June of 2013 when opposing sides exchanged barbs on The Staffing Stream. Colleen Mills, a Senior VP for the National Healthcare Staffing Alliance wrote a piece urging small and mid-sized travel nursing companies to “Take a stand on VMS/MSP”. Days later, Bob Livonius, President of Workforce Solutions at AMN Healthcare, took exception and urged healthcare staffing agencies to “Work Together to Embrace Best Practices with MSPs.” This is an important topic with major implications for travel nurses, travel allied professionals, and Locum Tenens.  Read more

When, Why, and How to Determine Travel Nursing Company – Hospital Relationships

We discussed the two main categories of hospital-travel nursing company relationships in Part 1 and Part 2 of this series. Remember, agencies can have a direct relationship with a hospital whereby their representatives have direct communication with the hospital’s representatives. Or, agencies can go through a middleman commonly referred to as a Vendor Management System whereby every agency that does business with the hospital must go through the same middleman. Or, the hospital can utilize a Managed Service Provider which is a healthcare staffing company that holds an exclusive contract with the hospital and sub-contracts out to other agencies.

The relationship an agency has with a hospital can ultimately affect the traveler. In most cases, a direct relationship is best for the agency and traveler. Again, this is because there are direct lines of communication between the hospital and agency and no chance of a middleman charging fees that could eat into the amount the agency has pay the traveler. Read more

5 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Travel Nursing Recruiters

In our last blog post, we discussed how to find a good travel nursing recruiter. Once you’ve found a good recruiter, there are steps you can take to get the most out them. Remember, recruiters are constantly juggling multiple candidates. They often need to determine which candidates merit the most value for the recruiter’s time. You want to make sure that you’re at the top of that list. Read more

Travel Nursing Companies – How Many Should You Work With?

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

Travel Nursing Recruiters – Finding the Best

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

List of Travel Nursing Companies and General Contact Information

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