Do you use travel nurses at your hospital? We used to use them all the time and they were great to fill in the gaps. We got some great travel nurses in--some that I am still friends with in fact. With our new senior leadership we hardly get travel nurses anymore which is hard on us and unfortunate for them. What a great way to start out your career and see where you may want to settle down or way to end your career by touring the country while working those last few years.
I have never been a travel nurse and due to being married and having 3 wonderful kiddos it won't be an option for me in the near future. If you are a travel nurse or have thought of being one here is a company (www.nurse.tv) you should consider checking out and what has been said about them:
Let’s be honest about a fact here. As a travel nurse, you are one of the few professionals who are in demand in America today. Not only are you in demand, you are paid the best salaries and benefits that are on par with the ones offered in similar professions. Now it is also a known fact that you are not in this profession just for the money. You want adventure and exposure too. You know one way of getting the adventure and the exposure you seek is by traveling. As a travel nurse, you can travel the length and breadth of the United States and sometimes overseas too. This is the profession you always wanted and now that you are in it, are you actually happy working in the profession that you dreamed of pursuing?
There are many travel nurses who would say that they made a mistake of taking this up as a profession, and that they don’t earn enough or don’t get to travel that much. The truth is, the problem is not with the profession, it is how you’ve chosen to pursue your career. It all starts with the travel nursing companies. Selecting the right one is paramount to your happiness. Actually, many travel nursing companies give negative signs right at the time of your applying for a job. They can torture you with very cumbersome paperwork when applying, and annoying phone calls or mailers after you sign up. It’s like you are on their watch list for all the wrong reasons. Good professional nursing companies don’t do that. They will hire you without any needless paperwork, provided you are qualified for the job. They will assist you in information regarding licenses and give you a choice of three destinations to choose from. Most travel nursing companies don’t do this.
The better nursing companies work for the benefit of both the hospital and you. Even the interview process is quite simple and they can set up an interview (mostly telephonic) with the hospital that in most cases last only 5 minutes. The hospitals are the final authority on your recruitment, but the job is as good as got because the good travel nursing companies know where to present your profile to your maximum advantage. Their job doesn’t end there. They see to that your accommodation needs are met and can even help you with stuffs like cable, telephone etc. Good travel nursing companies can get you wages between $22 and $50 per hour and they will deposit a direct check into a bank account of your choice at the end of the month. They will send you W-2 at the end of the year and your 401k plan starts the very first day you join the job. Compare this with travel nurse companies that don’t pay their staff even their salaries for months together.
The benefits of joining a professional travel nursing company are endless. Lots of things like travel reimbursement (flight, rail or road), insurance, bonuses and incentives, general housing subsidiaries- the list could go on! Good salaries, minimum work hours guarantee and choice of destinations, what more could a travel nurse want? And they just don’t stop at that, they offer you support -24/7 support, 365 days a year! That’s what the best travel nursing companies do, they look out for you!
Is your travel nursing company giving you all this? If the answer is no, then don’t you think it’s time you looked at better options now?