Being a travel nurse takes you away from your family and friends. And because you are at each assignment for short periods of time it is hard to build friendships on the road. however, you still need someone watching your back. You must be able to trust your recruiter.
The person, watching your back, should be your recruiter. Their job is not only to help you find assignments but also to make sure travel and housing arrangements are made. you rely on them to help negotiate your compensation terms. Your compensation package, along with the rest, makes the relationship between traveling nurses and recruiters a lot about trust.
Ways a Recruiter can Break a Traveling Nurses’ Trust
Setting Up False Hope
If a recruiter tells you they have your name in for an assignment, but then continues to stall about giving you an answer this is a red flag. It is not necessarily uncommon for it to take a week or two to get a response about an assignment. however, if a recruiter is holding back on the pertinent information you may miss out on an assignment while waiting to hear back about that one.
A good and trustworthy recruiter will go over all the possible pitfalls of any particular assignments. for example, if the recruiter knows there’s a large number of travel nurses applying he or she should inform you of that. Or if you may be on the borderline of not having the correct experience your recruiter should let you know about the possibility of not getting the job.
Telling a travel nurse up front about the possible roadblocks allows the traveling nurse to make his or her own decision about applying for the assignment while understanding the risks.
Lack of Communication
Filling out the paperwork necessary for an assignment is very time-consuming. Once the paperwork is completed a recruiter should keep in consistent contact. He or she should keep you in the loop, at all times. A recruiter who doesn’t follow through about your paperwork may not follow through on other things as well.
Incomplete or No Details
A recruiter who cannot give you the majority or at least some of the details about the assignment is sending up a HUGE red flag. The recruiter should absolutely have some information about the length, the compensation or at the very least some information about the hospital.
The Secretive Bill Rates
Very few agencies and/or recruiters are willing to share bill rates. The bill rate is the hourly amount the agency bills out for the traveling nurse’s time. Basically, this is the fee they get for being the “middleman” in the process.
Pushing to Accept an Assignment
If a recruiter pushes you to take an assignment you should worry. Non-reputable recruiters may threaten you with being blacklisted. They may also threaten with being charged a cancellation fee if they decline an assignment after a verbal acceptance. Recruiters may also try to push you into accepting an assignment they are getting pressure to fill.
Last Minute Pay Rate Change
Any recruiter that alters the pay rate after a verbal agreement has been made is not someone you want to work with. Your rate of pay is something you count on. If your recruiter alters that at the last minute after you have already done all the calculations to see is if you can pay your bills, you may have to pass on that assignment. Passing on that assignment is not what you want to do, but if your recruiter is deceitful about that he or she will probably be deceitful about other things.
The relationship between a recruiter and a traveling nurse is so very important. As the traveling nurse, you must be able to trust your recruiter. That trust can be broken in many ways. The above list is just a few of the possible ways a recruiter can break that trust. If the trust is broken the relationship could end the travel nurse’s trust of the agency as well.
A recruiter who follows through, fights for the proper compensation for their traveling nurses and who is consistent will earn your trust. Along with that trust, a recruiter may benefit in other ways, like referrals by their travel nurses, giving them more travel nurses to work with.