Once you have submitted your application online you can literally sit back and wait for a recruiter to call you. Thanks to the nursing shortage, qualified nurses looking to travel are in high demand. That’s why I’m going to break this post up, for now I will just cover what makes a good recruiter and in the next post I will tell you how to go about making sure that is what you get.
The relationship you have with your Recruiter, or Placement Specialist, or whatever the company you are working with calls them, will be one of the most, if not the most important relationship you will have during your travel nursing career. That’s why it is important that you find one that you not only get along with, but can also trust. Your recruiter will be your source of information throughout your assignment. They should work with you, you should not feel like you work for them (even though technically you do), it should feel more likeÂ a partnership where the two of you work together to achieve your career goals.
You may have decided to be a travel nurse for a variety of reasons, but whatever your reason is make sure you let your recruiter know, that is the only way they will be able to truly help you. Whether it is to get out of a stressful situation, expand your horizons by exploring a new specialty or just to get out and have an adventure the more your recruiter knows about your situation the better.
Ultimately, because the Recruiter plays such a large part in your travel nursing life you want to feel like they are more than just a business associate, they should feel like a friend. SomeoneÂ who checks in on you to see how you are you doing, someone you can call when you need someone to talk to, someone who can offer some advice and once in awhile make you smile after a long day on your feet. If there are issues you want a Recruiter who will go to bat for you.
Remember, in the next post I will tell you some tips for landing that perfect recruiter. For the rest of the Ultimate Travel Nursing Checklist click here.