In one of our recent articles we discussed the best travel nurse jobs. The article went over what makes for a good travel nurse job and what makes for a bad one. As travel nurses become more and more in demand there are more nurses becoming travel nurses. When entering into a new career even a better nurse might struggle with how to begin. In the rest of this article we will discuss how to find the best travel nursing agencies.
Finding the right travel nurse company can determine whether a person’s experience as a travel nurse is a good one or a bad one. Being a nurse in general is hectic, becoming a travel nurse can make a person’s life crazy. Anyone who is already a travel nurse will tell you, life can get a bit crazy going from job to job. You really won’t have time to hunt down the jobs and find the next one while you’re in the midst of a current position.
By working with one of the best travel nursing companies you will be able to relax and just enjoy the current job and not have to worry about where you are going next.
Difficult to Determine
Before we can go over the best ways to find the right travel nurse agencies for you we need to look at why it’s difficult to determine what makes for a good company. The biggest issue is going to be reviews. The natural instinct a person would have would be to go online and look at the reviews of a company there interested in. The problem with that is there are not a lot of reviews out there and some of those reviews are self-generated by the companies.
There is also not a lot of consistency. You might go look at a company’s review on Facebook and it looks great, but then look at another platform and their reviews might be horrible. That makes the decision much more difficult when you’re getting a mixed bag of reviews.
Our Suggestions, to make an Educated Decision
As with many decisions in life there are many factors to be considered. The best way to come to your own conclusion is to look at all of those factors, understand yourself and what you want and see which companies offer you most of what you’re looking for. For the remainder this article we will look at ways that you can assess the necessary factors so that you can make the proper, most educated decision for yourself.
Look at Multiple Sources
There are travel nurse company reviews on several different platforms. Our suggestion is to look at least three or more of those platforms. Because the reviews can be so inconsistent you’ll want to see if you can find a pattern of either good or bad reviews. By looking at least three you’ll have a fairly good idea of whether that travel nurse agency has more positive or negative reviews. The most popular platforms are: Facebook, Travel Nursing Blogs, Highway Hypodermics, Glassdoor, Indeed and Travel Nursing Central.
There are tons of companies that will call themselves travel nurse agencies. However, they really don’t specialize in that area or they don’t know very much about it. One way to narrow down whether a company is worth looking at or not is by making sure they have at least 50 or more reviews (that’s a total from all the different platforms) and that they are currently in business.
Talk with Current Travel Nurses
Another way to find out the “real story” on a travel nurse agency is by talking with travel nurses that have been out traveling for a while. Travel nurses will have experience with more than one company and be able to give you some advice on what to look for when choosing a travel nurse agency. They will also be able to help you make some decisions about what you want. For example, are you willing to travel anywhere in the United States?
Travel nurses will also be able to give you tips and advice on what positions are good and what positions you should probably stay away from.
Go with your Gut
Once you have narrowed your choices down to two or three you will want to call those travel nurse agencies and interview them. They need you, just as much as you need them. So don’t be afraid to ask them all your questions. As talk with them you will get a feel for whether or not they have your best interest at heart.
Are they willing to work with what you’ve asked of them? Do they walk you through things maybe you did not think about? Do they want to find out about your wants? If as you are talking with them you feel like they are ignoring your questions or not completely answering them then that may not be the best travel nurse agency for you.
Making a career change can be scary, but if you do your homework/research and ask the right questions you will find a travel nurse agency that best suits you. That is the ultimate goal that you enter into this new career with the company that wants to work with you and help you succeed.