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Ask a Travel Nurse: Can I get my state license through one Travel Nursing company then switch to another?

Ask a Travel Nurse: Can I get my state license through one Travel Nursing company then switch to another?

Ask a Travel Nurse: Can I get my state license through one Travel Nursing company then switch to another?

Ask a Travel Nurse Question:

I am a new nurse hoping to travel! I’ve recently been recruited by an agency for jobs in California, and I sent all my California license info through their recruiters and company. Now I am worried because after looking at multiple Travel Nursing sites this company has many terrible reviews. Can I get my state license through one Travel Nursing company then switch to another? I want to avoid sending all my information and fees again to the state board.

Ask a Travel Nurse Answer:

While there probably is a way for you to do that, I would not be the person to ask in accomplishing this as it is contrary to my values.

If I was receiving help from a company in getting a state license, I would not feel right in saying “thanks,” by then turning around and traveling with someone else. If you find that you do not like the benefits this company offers or have some other reason for electing to go with another company for your second assignment, no worries. But to just go by the word of others (particularly “online” others), when it comes to choosing a Travel Nursing company, in my opinion, may be a reason to proceed with caution, but not to take advantage of a company’s assistance in this way.

If you yourself paid the fees to the board, then you should not have to repay these fees or resubmit your information to the board simply for electing to travel with a different company (again, I do not know the details of your arrangement with this company). However, I can tell you that after 20 years of being a travel nurse, my last assignment was with this company and I would not hesitate to travel with them again.

This begs the question, “Why would a travel nurse, with 20 years of knowledge about the industry, choose to travel with a company with such a reputation?” The answer: I have a great recruiter at there.

You can find a negative review about ANY company out there. What defines most of the complaints is an issue such as “my recruiter told me this,” or “they promised this.” Examples that are easily combatted by having a great recruiter and getting everything in writing. No one company has a monopoly on bad recruiters. That is why I never recommend or refer nurses to companies, but rather, to great recruiters who work for the companies I trust with my travels.

I have always maintained the importance of the recruiter in the Travel Nursing equation. Quite simply, you MUST have trust in a person who is arranging job for you that may be hundreds or thous and s of miles from home. They should be willing to answer all of your questions and take the time to find assignments for you that are based on your criteria.

While I’m sorry this does not answer your original question, I do hope it gives you some added perspective.


About the Author:

Hello everyone. I’m a travel nurse originally from Ohio who graduated in 1993 from Mount Carmel School of Nursing in Columbus. I completed a critical care fellowship at Riverside Methodist Hospital in 1994 and started traveling in that specialty a year later. My first travel assignment was in Maui and since that time I have completed close to 40 different contracts in various states with multiple travel companies. I am the author of Travel Nurse’s Bible (A Guide to Everything on Travel Nursing), in addition to my writings here and in the pages of Travel Nursing publications such as Healthcare Traveler Magazine and American Nurse Today. I am presently on assignment in Phoenix, AZ and travel anywhere from six to eleven months of the year.

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  1. Sam


    I had a recruiter do the same thing to me. This is for my first assignment. Once I told him that I was talking to a few other recruiters from other agencies, he told me that we “needed to talk” about that and that while he wasn’t “the kind of person” to tell his nurses not to talk to other recruiters, he didn’t think I had any reason to at this time because he could get me a good contract. Additionally, he told me that by utilizing his company to help expedite my CA license, there was some level of commitment to his agency implicit.

    I immediately threw away his company’s expedited licensure materials and told him I would not be working with him. It gave me a strong gut reaction to be told not to talk to other recruiters and to just rely on him to take care of all my livelihood and housing needs. It’s never a good idea to put your eggs all in one basket, so be cautious if a recruiter tells you to not talk to other agencies.

    In the OP’s case, I would reach out to the recruiter and tell him or her that you want to repay their company the $100 or so that it cost them to expedite your license for CA so that you don’t “owe” them anything. Next time, pay for it yourself unless you are 100% sure you know the company and recruiter are the ones you will be using.

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