Have you ever wondered why you can never land that “perfect job” you so desire? Or why it takes so long for your agency to find you a travel nursing job or why they aren’t doing more to help you find that job? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are not alone. There is help and the answer starts with you!
It makes perfect sense that you might begin to feel like there is no fairytale ending to your job search. There is a lot for you to do to insure that you find what you are looking for, and this process can prove to be quite testy! As with any job, you will get out what you put in — your potential is directly related to your involvement in the placement process. So, take the time to do your research and make sure you are clear with yourself and your recruiters what you want to take from each and every assignment.
First, always be prepared to demonstrate your qualifications at any time. Nursing placement agencies will need copies of your current Nursing, Operating-Room Technician, or Allied Health Professional licenses. As with any resume, you should keep it current and show all clinical experiences in order for the agency to place you accordingly to your skill set. Without this proof it is possible for you to end up in a less desirable position and worse yet, forming a disdain against the hospital, co-workers and the agency who hired you.
Your agency recruiter is no mind reader. Tell your career consultant exactly what you are looking for in your next assignment. Do you want to work in a major metropolitan or would you rather be placed in a more rural setting? Would you like to work for a teaching or non-teaching hospital? Are there any particular states or cities you’d like work in? All these questions will help your recruiter find the perfect placement for your next assignment.
Manage your time
Typically travel nursing assignments last anywhere from 8 to 13 weeks, but can also vary to many degrees. When deciding to pursue your next traveling assignment make sure to note the length of time you’ve dedicated to it. It is best to schedule this ahead so that your recruiter can either work on finding your next position or keep you there longer.
By now you know that travel nursing can do wonders for your pocketbook. A traveling position usually pays about 20% more than that of a permanent position. With that extra pay comes extra grief, sometimes. Some assignments may pay more than others, but there’s always a reason. It may be a poor location or horrible work hours. Make sure you know what to expect; from the hours you’re going to work to the size of the hospital and so on. Sure the other job may pay more, but not without its own price.
Know the 411
Finally and this should go without saying. Read and know what your contract states. Before you agree to do anything, before you sign your name… Read, read, read what it says in your contract. If you see anything you don’t agree with or there’s something you don’t understand, ask questions until you have your answers. The more you know and the more your recruiter knows, the better chance for you to land that “perfect job.”
If you want your career to go places, you need to take control. The more prepared you are to take on a travel nursing assignment the better chances you’ll want to continue. If your agency knows what it is you like and dislike, the better the chance you’ll want to stay with them. It’s your life and your time, make the most of it by being ready.