The most stressful decision new travelers face when choosing a career in travel nursing is finding the right staffing agency. But is it really necessary to work with an agency? Why not cut out the middle man and become an independent nurse contractor?
It seems that if independent contracting was the way to go, every travel nurse would be doing it, right? While the downside is that travel nurse agencies do earn a cut of your pay, their purpose and functionality may outweigh their cost. Here are a few things to consider when deciding on independent contracting:
Travel nursing companies usually already have established relationships with hospital facilities all over the country. They have listings of available positions that hospitals and facilities need. You really can’t find these online without going through a company, nor can you call a hospital up and ask.
Travel Nurse agencies also have a checklist of all the paperwork you need to submit to the hospital, they set up the interview and handle all closing duties to get you placed. They offer many benefits that the hospital may not including: paid housing, travel expense reimbursement, paid licensure fees, medical malpractice insurance and may also offer 401k plans with company contribution.
Could you obtain these things on your own? Most likely, but it would take a lot of work and time on your part just to start one assignment.
Here are a few nursing forums that you could check out to learn more about nurse independent contracting: