What is a travel nurse? Travel nurses work short-term assignments as contract employees for healthcare staffing agencies. They are sent to places where their specialties and skills are in demand.
Traveling Healthcare Professionals get to explore some great places, why not have a working vacation? You get to meet new friends, experience new adventures, and gain more skills and knowledge while doing it. A healthcare career in traveling offers a great opportunity to build that resume! Of course, it also offers great pay and benefits including insurance, travel reimbursement to and from assignments, and so much more.
Why do facilities need travelers? Hospitals have gaps to fill for many reasons, here are a few: staffing shortages, seasonality, leave of absences, training. Facilities will then turn to traveling professionals, such as travel nurses, or therapists who step in temporarily for a given period of time and work alongside the staff of the facility they are contracted at.
What makes a successful traveling healthcare professional? We will use a Travel Registered Nurse as an example. The RN should be flexible, experienced, have exceptional skills, great communication, be a team-player and always remember they are a guest at the facility. They should be able to hit the ground running.
Length of assignments: Assignments will vary in length. Anywhere from 4 weeks - 52 weeks. The average or typical contract is 13 weeks long. Typically, the candidate will spend week one in orientation and then the remaining 12 weeks on the unit/floor. Many will extend their assignments because they are loving it so much!
Jobs are everywhere: Help! Cure is everywhere and we are expanding we have thousands of jobs in multiple specialties and professions nationwide. We have jobs in Nursing and Allied Health Professions with facilities from coast to coast in popular tourist destinations such as large urban cities, mid-sized, and smaller community settings.
Great, now how do you find qualified candidates?
Here are a few tips that are FREE. Start joining Travel Nursing Groups through your professional existing social media websites within Facebook and LinkedIn. For Facebook Groups: like Travel Nursing Newbies, Traveling Medical Professionals, Travel Nurse Jobs - The Gypsy Nurse, Travel Nursing: Lessons and Tips, Travel Nursing: The Premium Job Board, Travel Nurses: The $1800+ Gross/week, $50+Hour, Travel Nursing Job Board, Adventures in RV Travel Nursing, Traveling Nurse Housing, Travel Nurse Network, Travel Nursing: Places/Rooms for Rent, Seattle Travel Nurses, Texas Travel Nurses, get our drift? BLUE PIPES: Join their blogs and you can LEARN A TON! Blue Pipes
Many of the pages will let you know the rules if you can recruit on them or not so please give yourself and Cure a good name. Some of these groups have over 40K+ members so get out there, have fun, and make some new nursing friends!
DO SOMETHING UNIQUE AND DIFFERENT! Anyone can post a job ad. What about a fun video or slide show of your top paying jobs or HOT LOCATIONS? Get creative, what would catch your eye?
You can private message Nurses that are looking for work assignments and connect with them very easily. Get creative, create a simple template for yourself, that you can send over and over again: "Hi Nurse Nancy, I saw you were looking for assignments in CA, TX next - I wanted to reach out and give you my contact information I would love to be a resource for you and talk about your future travel plans. Can you connect now or this evening?" Remember:
Successful recruiters know how to move their candidates through the pipeline quickly!
You may invest in indeed, monster, zip recruiter-try before you buy, see if they offer an free trials to source candidates from! You can get lists of RN Names through the Board of Nursing Websites and people search.
Once you are connected with a candidate ask about what they have been doing the last year, make sure they have been in their specialty for one recent year AND for Contract/Travel Assignment Openings, you will want that recent year to come from Acute Care Hospital Settings, in most cases. When in doubt view the job description or request further job details, but don't wait too long jobs go quickly, it's competitive out there so everyone must move quickly. If your candidate tells you I have been doing ICU for the last year at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, AZ as a staff RN, and prior to that I traveled for 1 year. I would ask if their license is mutli-state or compact and if so this would be a great candidate for you to RUN all job locations by them in compact nursing states for CONTRACT SUBMISSIONS. Multiple submit one candidate to many job orders and they will better their chances at landing their next great adventure in nursing! Once you get a yes, do not let them off phone and be sure you follow up and collect anything you need from the nurse to get your submission completed through staffingbranch.com website. The more flexible your candidate is the better as well you work hard for them and they work hard for you! Use your best judgement, would you want your candidate caring for a loved one?