Ask a Travel Nurse Question:
Hi. I have recently decided that I want to try travel nursing for a bit. I have tons of questions after spending a fair amount of time reading about it online. I can ask a recruiter most of them, however, I don’t even know how to begin to chose companies to explore. I wonder if working for a larger company will give me a better range of assignments although, I am really only interested in working in larger cities anyway which should help. I have been a nurse for 16 years so I am certainly not green, but as a new traveler I’m sure I’d feel very vulnerable. Money is important but having a helpful and truly kind recruiter I feel would be extremely important to me and I will be travelling with 2 dogs.I’m sure that you can’t endorse a specific company but I feel I really need some guidance. Anything you can offer would be a huge help.
Ask a Travel Nurse Answer:
Actually, I can offer some specific help. I do have a group of recruiters to whom I refer new travelers. These people are either recruitment managers, my own recruiters, or people I have discovered after calling a highly recommended company. They are comfortable working with those nurses just starting out and taking the time to discuss the issues and questions had by many new travelers.
I have either traveled with these companies, or have heard enough good things in my travels to recommend them. I also frequent the travel forums and message boards to see what others are saying about these companies. I also take into account the many emails I receive from people having issues with specific companies while out on the road; I hear quite a bit on how the various companies treat their travelers.
Finally, I do ask that if I give you these names that you will offer some feedback about your experiences with these companies and recruiters. It only helps me maintain the integrity of this list. However, since many of these contacts are direct lines that bypass the company switchboard (where most new travelers are directed), I prefer not to post these on a public message board and ask that you send me an email at my personal address, firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have mostly small to medium sized company contacts (since these are the companies that give the most personalized attention…something helpful to new travelers), but do also have contacts at the “giants” (as I call them), because I do recommend staying on file with a large sized company should you ever have difficulty finding an assignment in a specific location with a smaller company. Small does not always mean less option, just as big does not always mean less service. Just different beasts with which to deal.
Email me and I’ll help you get started.