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Get the most out of travel nursing.

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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.

Preparation
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.

Awareness
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.

Be real
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.

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About the Author:

Patrick Fuerstenau here. Born in Kentucky, raised in Germany, landed in Nebraska and still here. I've been involved with Marketing and Advertising for over a decade. It all began with an internship at an ad agency in Omaha, followed by a 9 year stint as a graphic artist at the lone major newspaper in Omaha. A friend of mine told me about an opening at her company and said that it was the best gig she's ever had... So I decided to spread my proverbial wings and see what I could do for them and vice versa. So here I am at Medical Solutions and am going on my 3rd year as a Marketing Specialist for a great travel nursing company. This by far has been a major blessing in my life. I love the work I get to do just as much as I love the people who make up this fabulous company. I can see myself here for a long time... As long as they'll have me. Now that we've got the career timeline out of the way... Let me tell you a little about who I am. I am oh so passionate about the game of futbol! I've been playing soccer since the age of 8 and am still playing today. If I couldn't at least kick the ball around, I don't know what I would do with myself. I fear getting old. I also have a strong love for the arts... Music, Visual arts, Film, Design... pretty much anything and everything arty. I'm happy go lucky and am always looking to have a good time. Just ask my manager! And I love writing about travel nursing.

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