A travel nursing agency will be the first place many prospective nurses in the USA go to find employment. But where do you start when looking and what are the pro’s and con’s of nursing agencies? First the numbers. It is currently estimated that there is a nursing shortage in USA of over 40,000 nurses. In order to meet demand, 12,000 registered nurses need to graduate every year. However, this number is not realized and therefore leaves the USA with a severe shortage of registered nurses. As such, working through a nursing agency in the USA will mean there will be less problems finding regular work. The major advantage of working through an agency is that you can have flexibility to pick and choose where you work.
A travel nursing agency is typically an independent business that match nurses to open positions with healthcare services that need someone to fill in for a temporary vacancy. Nurses make themselves readily available to these agencies on a temporary contract basis and are then hired out to hospitals and healthcare facilities. An agency is more often than not a small business that is privately owned. Agencies are generally used in two ways. The first is to be employed on a casual basis to work shifts once in this country or abroad. The second is to find yourself an employer sponsorship from within USA. Be aware of the different USA visa’s required to enter and work as a nurse, and which ones may prevent you from being sponsored. In USA, there are a number of nursing agencies available in each state. Before you target a specific agency, you will need to ensure that you are registered to practice in the particular state that the agency is located in. USA’s health care system is managed by each region (known as states and territories), so it is important to note that there is no nationwide approach to nursing.
Top Nursing Agencies
FlexCare Medical Staffing
Flexcare is excellent to work with. Shane Young, a recruiter, specifically makes entering the travel nursing profession very easy. He helps obtain your contract and is patient in answering any questions before signing on the dotted line. He makes a normally nerve racking process comfortable and easy! I would highly recommend Flexcare and specifically Shane as a recruiter! Very professional, personable, empathetic and accommodating.
This agency is a pleasure to work with! The transparency and honesty they operate under is very refreshing. You are their first priority and they show you that time and again whether its through their exemplary recruiting staff or the opportunities they have to offer. I would definitely recommend working with these wonderful people!
2. Travel Nurse Across America
The staff is absolutely wonderful! They are always available and friendly. The most efficient company to work with while traveling as a nurse. This company sets up housing with plenty of advance notice. It is a relief to be able to plan ahead and not worry about housing a week prior to your next assignment. Olivia is a great recruiter who is down-to-Earth, efficient, and friendly; personable and professional. One cannot ask for better. All staff are thorough and wonderful to work with.
They take care of everything and nothing is ever a problem to have organized. If there is a rare issue that arises it is taken care of immediately. They’re very professional and caring towards their nurses. They will have your back when you need them too. The paychecks will be on time with any issues corrected immediately. They are very friendly and professional. Pay is decent and you will love their benefits. Housing is great. You will feel like you matter to them and not a number. Their recruiter does a great job of putting everything up front prior to securing a contract.
Medical Solutions is a great agency for first time RN travelers and/or LPN’s. They are extremely professional, accessible and most importantly, diligent about assisting with any issues/concerns you as a nurse may have. The facilities are not problem free but Medical Solutions are true to their word about hours and pay and never misleading. The housing is generally pretty good too.
Very knowledgeable, professional, and so good to work with! They are known to pay accurately on the designated day. Your recruiter will call, text, or email you at least once a week to see how things are going. You will love that they truly care about their travelers!
The Right Solutions
The Right Solutions is one of the best companies a nurse could work for, they are always there for you! They have competitive pay rates for the area and are ready and willing to help with whatever your needs are before and during your assignment.
If your recruiter is not available there is always someone who can help you and get you the right information. The company is owned by nurses and set up to run efficiently to know what you need. They are really sympathetic and understanding if you need advances on paychecks, and are helpful when in a pinch. They bend over backwards, and value their workers and like their slogan says you do not feel just like a number. They have a lot of different departments, like housing department, they have credentialing, I think there is a license department if you need a license by endorsement. Anyway, not sure if other companies do this but it is really nice, you don’t feel like you are all on your own, you can always call and get someone to help you.
For someone who is looking for a job in the healthcare industry, you can turn to these agencies for possible job hiring. Even if this is not your lucky day, you will learn the mechanics of being hired by a company that provides staffing services to hospitals and clinics, among others. You will also learn the basic qualifications and assess yourself if you are a good candidate for a job.
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