Hello David, I am looking into travel nursing soon, like in march 2012. I have 2 years oncology/hospice and 3 years med-surg. I have talked to two places, one being Aya healthcare and the other Cross Country. My friend works for Cross Country and has given the okay. This morning I contacted Aya to see if they would pay for my travel to assignments. I liked what I heard and they really broke down some of my questions/concerns so I started the beginning processes.
I guess my question is: Do you know anything regarding these two agencies? Should I go with either? I am really nervous and want to make the best decision. I have a family and really can’t afford to have some agency screw me my first time out. Plus, travel nursing is something I am really interested in and do not want to have bad thoughts right off the bat. Please, if you can help me, give me any kind of insite to making the best decision or provide me with a better agency/agencies to go with I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks for your time and I look forward to hearing back from you!
Ask a Travel Nurse Answer:
You are really charging me with a difficult task here (helping you have a good first experience), even more so because I’m not sure that I would recommend either of your first choices.
I do want you to understand that your company choice is entirely up to you. The only thing I have to go on are the things that I know and the things I have learned in my travels and talks with other nurses (and maybe a bit of common sense throw in). But once I put all that together, I don’t think I can recommend your choices at present. The more I think about this, the more I would prefer discussing this with you personally. If you would, could you email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll share my reasons with you.
For the readers, the reason I am doing this is because any time you mention specific companies, there can always be the potential for charges of libel should a company not like the comments written about them (no matter how true they might be). For this reson, I want to discuss Briget’s choices with her directly. If anyone has general questions about which type of company they should choose (larger vs. smaller, private or corporate owned, etc), I will be happy to answer those in this forum. If you would like my opinion on a specific company, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com. Thanks