Choosing the right travel nurse company can be stressful. It doesn’t matter if it is your first or multiple assignment. With many companies to choose from, many nurses are overwhelmed when deciding which company to work with. This article covers a few of the most important questions a nurse should consider before choosing the right travel nursing agency.
Recruiter Specific Questions To Ask When Choosing The Right Travel Nurse Company
Does the company have knowledgeable recruiters? When you first contact a travel nurse company, you will likely be connected to a recruiter. It’s important that your recruiter is knowledgeable about the healthcare industry, including knowledge of different types of facilities and specialties. If you are an ICU nurse looking for an acute care hospital, then your recruiter must understand what you are looking for in an assignment. If your recruiter cannot speak intelligently about the nuances of nursing careers, then chances are they won’t be able to find you your ideal travel nursing job.
Can the company provide you with references from other traveling nurses? Your recruiter should be able to arrange time for you to speak with an experienced traveling nurse about the company. If the company is well-liked by their current travelers, your recruiter should be able to arrange a time for you to speak with a current or past traveling nurse.
What Benefits Do You Offer?
Does the company offer clinical support? Before considering an assignment, you should ask your recruiter if the company offers clinical support. Does the company have a nurse who can answer your technical questions and offer support while you are on assignment? If the company offers clinical support, this is a good indication that they are an established travel nursing company that is committed to delivering a high level of service to their nurses.
Does the company offer competitive compensation packages? As a travel nurse, you will be working in areas of the country where your skills are in high demand. Therefore, your compensation is usually higher than permanent nurses. If your travel nurse company is well-established, they will be able to negotiate the best compensation package for you. Ask your recruiter to explain your compensation package in detail. Keep in mind that your wage is only one part of your compensation as a travel nurse. Most travel nurse companies also offer tax-free housing and per diem stipends, paid within IRS guidelines. A reputable travel nursing company should also be able to arrange furnished deluxe housing for you as an alternative to the housing stipend.
What Makes Your Company Stand Out?
Is the company Joint Commission Certified? Started in 1951, The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 20,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States. The Joint Commission only certifies companies that are able to demonstrate a record of high performance and compliance with Joint Commission Standards, along with a continuous commitment to the best business practices. As a traveling nurse, Joint Commission Certification means that your company cares about quality and providing you with the best experience as a traveling nurse. Only the best travel nursing companies receive certification. If your company is Joint Commission Certified, they will likely post the Joint Commission’s ‘Gold Seal of Approval’ on their website.
Host Healthcare Travel Nurse
In conclusion, we hope this helped you when choosing the right travel nurse company. Host Healthcare offers many travel nurse benefits. Benefits include: competitive pay, deluxe housing, and a 401K. The choice is yours. Browse through our extensive list of travel nurse jobs or call one of our friendly travel nurse recruiters at (800) 585-1299. We are here to help you to get started.