You’ve chosen a unique and very rewarding profession that offers opportunities of travel, experiencing new areas, meeting new people, and great pay. However what makes life as a travel nurse appealing also comes with it challenges. Thankfully you have your recruiter to turn to for travel nurse tips. We spoke with our founder, Martin Vidal, and travel nurse recruiter, Dylan Dargavel, to learn how you can find the right position and enjoy it.

Be Flexible About Location

Travel nurse location, Travel Nurse Tips From Recruiters

“We get a lot of requests for the warm weather locations, like Florida or Las Vegas, but those locations are in high demand which means that you may face tough competition,” says Martin. Try considering other locations that may not be as competitive, but are still excellent places to visit. For instance, Syracuse, in Central New York has a wide variety of delicious restaurants and offers plenty of great outdoor activities throughout the year for you to enjoy on your days off.
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Honesty is the Best Policy

Your recruiter is your career partner. Tell us exactly what you are looking for and we will do our best to accommodate. If you are entertaining other opportunities from other recruiters, let us know. “We wish you success no matter who you work with. Knowing where you stand helps us get you the perfect assignment at the right pay,” says Martin.


Ask Questions, Be Curious

Dylan says “It’s always refreshing when a candidate asks questions about our company and our process. It shows us that you are very interested in working with us, but also serious about your career.”


Network and Make Friends While on Assignment

Travel nurses laughing together, Travel Nurse Tips From Recruiters

Being in a new area at a new facility with new co-workers can be daunting and it takes some serious courage to open up and make friends for only 13 weeks. If you are the type of person that enjoys meeting new people, try to seek out opportunities to connect with your fellow co-workers. Make it a point to learn about them, you may have a lot in common. If you are working with other travel nurses, then band together and explore your new surroundings as a group on your days off.
Have fun – your assignment is an adventure!

Familiarize Yourself With the Application Process

Each staffing company has their own application process. “We are serious about matching you to the right facility. So our application process is more centered around your needs as a nurse”, says Martin. You will be asked to provide your complete work history, a skills checklist and references, as well as work preferences. After the application is complete, you will interview with an Account Manager to discuss what vocational skills you have and what you are looking for in your next position. The Account Manager will discuss not only what specific skills you have, but also find out more about your experience in job-related settings. The final step is speaking with your references.


Read Your Contract

Travel nurse reading a contract, Travel Nurse Tips From Recruiters

No matter if the contract is for your new assignment, buying a car, or renting an apartment, always read the contract. Make sure your needs are met and there are no red flags that jump out at you. It’s important that all the details that you discussed with your Account Manager are present in the assignment contract. The more your know, the less you are surprised.


Patience is Key

If there is a specific assignment that you are looking for, it can be worth the wait if you can afford to do so. While many jobs are filled within weeks of posting, others can take up to a month. If you are going to be very specific about your assignment, then have patience.

Have fun – your assignment is an adventure!


Nurse in an apartment, Travel Nurse Tips From Recruiters

Take Our Housing Advice

There are a lot of options for housing nowadays. Some nurses decide to stay with friends and family. Other nurses prefer to book an extended stay hotel or something through Airbnb using a lodging subsidy. We also have the ability to set the housing up for you if you don’t feel comfortable doing it on your own. Talk to your Account Manager about your situation and we will figure out the best situation for you and your needs.


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