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.