Ask a Travel Nurse Question:
I’m thinking about becoming a Travel Nurse next year, and I will be taking my husband and two children with me, so I’m looking for a place that treats their Travelers well and might have potential for assignment extensions. Can you tell me: What are the best hospitals nationwide?
Ask a Travel Nurse Answer:
I don’t really keep an “inventory” of great hospitals and as far as potential for extensions, that is something that can change drastically even on a month to month basis.
If I might suggest a better approach, first decide on a state or area of the country you would like to see. Then narrow your focus to a general area or city and hit the travel forums to open your question to a vast number of travel nurses.
Some good travel nurse forums can be found at ultimatenurse.com, allnurses.com, and the Delphi forum for traveling professionals (go to delphiforums.com, look for the box on the right that says “Explore existing forums”, type in “travel nursing” and the top result is a group called Travel Nurses and Therapists).
Pan Travelers is another good site with a forum and you can also join Healthcare Travelbook (healthcaretravelbook.com), which is a sort of Facebook style place for travelers, which also has a forum.
Once you’ve found a few hospitals that interest you, call several recruiters and ask if that facility is currently posting and how often they typically post positions. Those same recruiters should also be able to tell you if they’ve had any travelers with the company that have had issues with that hospital or terminated contracts.
Sorry I could not be of more direct assistance, but once you’ve narrowed your focus, hopefully this will help you research hospitals in that area and find a great spot for your first assignment 🙂