By November 6, 2009 3 Comments

Travel Nursing Checklist Item #17: Accepting the travel nursing job

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At this stage in the travel nursing process you should hopefully be hearing one way or the other about the hospital’s decision to hire you. Sometimes the hiring manager will offer you on the job right on the phone, though that is rarer. Most often what will happen is that the hospital hiring or nurse manager will get back in touch with their contact at your travel nursing company who will let them know that they are interested in offering you the travel nursing job.

When your recruiter calls you, you will want to take the chance to verify the information about the travel nursing job and verify the details of the contract. At this point you should have already discussed the position details, benefits and pay thoroughly with your travel nurse recruiter (see Ultimate Travel Nurse Checklist #15) and have no surprises about it, but this is still your chance to follow-up and make sure that everything you have discussed is still accurate. You will need to verify the following pieces of information about your travel nursing job are in alignment with what you have been told:

• Name and location of the assignment
• Unit you’ll be working in

• Assignment start and end dates
• Shift and hours you are being hired to work
• Assignment pay rate (with any overtime and holiday rates included)
• Travel money to be paid at the start or end of your assignment
• Any other bonuses to be paid by the facility or travel nursing company
• Any deducted amounts from your pay for any health, dental, vision, or other company benefit plans
• Special pay rates (i.e. on-call or charge pay)
• Whether the travel nursing company is providing housing or what the monthly amount is to be paid for a housing allowance
• Any scheduling requirements you need to be aware of

Hopefully you are not being submitted for a travel nursing job you don’t plan on taking, so if after going over all the job and contract details everything matches up, you will need to let them know that you have officially accepted the assignment and sign the travel nursing contract. The travel nursing contract will probably be faxed or emailed to you and need returned as soon as possible so the hospital can confirm that the you are indeed taking the job and they can close it.

However in the instance that you did not get offered the travel nursing job the part of the process of getting submitted to a travel nursing job will have to start over at least partially. But the key is not to get discouraged. The next installment of the Ultimate Travel Nursing Checklist will lay out some tips to help you with that.

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About the Author:

My name is Jeff Long. I’m the Marketing Manager at Medical Solutions, one of the leading travel nursing companies. I have never been a nurse and am not a recruiter. I have worked at Medical Solutions for four years and think it is a great company that has a lot to offer nurses and allied health professionals interested in a travel career. I do post just a small sampling of travel nursing jobs from Medical Solutions, but mostly I write about travel nursing. On this site you will not be recruited on this blog (unless you specifically inquire about traveling with Medical Solutions then I will forward your info to a Recruiter). I understand that you are reading and/or commenting on this blog purely for informational purposes and I want you to enjoy that experience My job is to help you meet your career goals by sharing information, advice and the benefits of travel nursing with you.

3 Comments on "Travel Nursing Checklist Item #17: Accepting the travel nursing job"

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  1. TravelersJessica says:

    Jeff,

    Great post about the steps to accept an assignment! There are so many details that go into an assignment especially when someone is going to a new city for 13 weeks. I think housing is the biggest piece especially moving somewhere new, when you don’t know the safe neighborhoods or have extra needs like pet friendly apartments.

    I work with Travelers Haven the largest provider of housing for the Healthcare industry. We are 52% cheaper than other housing groups and work directly with travelers all the time. We work within budgets and provide multiple options including full pricing and photos of the property. So next time you take an assignment don’t put all your trust into a Craiglist ad.

    – Jessica
    Jessica@MyTravelersHaven.com

  2. tony says:

    Great commentaries,
    What happens when you are quoted in an e-mail from your recruiter that your pay will be $1700 a week for your next assignment.
    You’re groggy from working midnights (5 in a row) and you sign the contract the next afternoon, utterly exhausted, but happy that it is out of the way.
    You travel to the new hospital, get started at your next asssignment and come payday you are short $700.
    A clerical says she……. a gross error I think…. what would you do. I do have a copy of the $1700 a week email post.
    tony

  3. Jeff says:

    Tony,

    Sorry to hear about that. I am not sure what legal recourse you would have. But you were smart to keep everything involved in the negotiation process though. If you want to challenge this.

    In hindsight obviously this is a lesson in why reading over every detail in the contract is so important. But I am sure you know that.

    Hopefully your company will make it up to you on your next assignment somehow. I guess you will find out what kind of company you are working with.

    I am going to pass your question onto David Morrison, a travel nurse who writes for our blog and also wrote the Travel Nurse’s Bible. He is great at this kind of question.

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