How to Choose a Travel Nursing Company
Choosing a Travel Nursing Company is a very important first step on your career path. Many Travel Nurse Companies claim to be the best. So how do you know which one is the right fit for you? You want to make sure you choose an agency that offers the benefits you need, has a reputation as an ethical business, and values you both as a person and a nurse.
On this page we'll share some tips for choosing a travel nursing company, but first, check out this quick video to see how NOT to choose a Travel Nursing Company.
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Magic 8-balls are a lot of fun, but luckily you won't need one of those for this task. Here are some tips for how to choose a travel nursing company.
Start by checking out some rankings of Travel Nurse Companies. Here are two of the best annual rankings lists to consider:
Gather the names of some companies with good rankings that you like the looks of and investigate them further. You should look for:
Better Business Bureau Rating: Definitely check out each agency's BBB rating, which is a huge indicator of their business integrity. Also look for any honors/awards given to the company by BBB and/or their local Chamber of Commerce. Medical Solutions received the 2013 BBB Silver Award of Distinction and was just named one of Omaha's Best Places to Work for the sixth time in seven years!
Joint Commission and Other Certifications: First, if a company is not Joint Commission certified, you should really mark them off of your list. Beyond that you can check into a company's Joint Commission and other audit scores to gauge how serious they are about quality. Medical Solutions was one of the first healthcare staffing companies in the nation to be awarded the Joint Commission's Healthcare Staffing Services Certification Gold Seal of Approval, and we've earned 100% in our last four Joint Commission audits.
Reviews: Every single company out there will have both good reviews and bad reviews posted about them. What you want to look for are the patterns in those reviews. Many sites, such as Travel Nursing Blogs, offer sections with company reviews, but Google is also your best friend in this search: simply type in “[company name] review ” and see what pops up.
A People-Focused Approach: You definitely want to work with a company that treats you like an individual and will work to help you craft your career. Look for a company that cares about you and is fun to work with.
Benefits: Every company offers different benefits. You will want to consider your personal needs and look for a company that offers benefits that cater to your needs. Medical Solutions is known for offering fabulous benefits such as a single, basic medical insurance policy starting at just $15 per week, paid housing, corporate discounts, referral and loyalty bonuses, license/certification reimbursement, an RN to BSN program, rewards programs, and pet friendly benefits. Check out our Benefits page here and definitely call us up with any questions.
It's so important to do business with a reputable company, but perhaps the most important thing is the relationship you have with your Travel Nurse recruiter. You need to find someone you trust and who understands and will work to help you achieve your personal and career goals.
Cold-calling an agency can be daunting, so first ask around to see if any of your fellow Travelers have a good recruiter they can refer you to. If that's not possible or your referral isn't a good fit, check out Medical Solutions' Career Consultant Gallery with online profiles on each recruiter that include a message from them, testimonials from their Travelers, a brief video introduction, one-click options to contact them, and more! Once you're on a call with a recruiter, do not be shy — ask them everything. The recruiter is there to work for you, and he or she should be than happy to assist with all your questions.
Choose … and Don't Panic!
Now that you've got some more information it's time to decide. Many Travelers will establish relationships with 2-3 recruiters from different companies and then wait to see who gets them the best assignment. This is a good and common practice, but just make sure that you're keeping all lines of communication open and that you're being honest with each recruiter about all of your prospects.
Once you choose a company, a recruiter, and even an assignment, remember not to panic if you are not 100% satisfied! Keep in mind that being a Traveler is all about flexibility. With this flexibility comes the ability for you to change companies after your contract if you think you can find a better fit.