How To Choose the Best Travel Nursing Agency

Written by Health Providers Choice on Sunday, January 14, 2024 Posted in Travel Nurse Tips

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To make the most of a travel nursing career, you must find the right agency — one that can connect you with great contracts, support you on assignments, and help you navigate each new adventure with confidence. But how do you choose the best partner from the many travel nursing agencies available? Here are a few pointers.

Consider reputation

A well-regarded agency is often synonymous with quality, offering a sense of security and credibility to the nurses it represents. Start by reading online reviews and testimonials from other travel nurses who have worked with the agency. Firsthand accounts can provide unique insights into the agency’s approach to placement and ethical practices, as well as the overall satisfaction of its nurses. If there are overwhelmingly positive (or negative) reviews, it’s a sign nurses feel strongly about the agency.

Gauge reliability as a partner

Travel nurses rely on an agency to help them find contracts and get placements in lucrative assignments. Beyond a reputable agency, you need one that can keep you employed from contract to contract. Consistent job offerings, timely and accurate compensation, and robust support systems are key factors that define an agency’s reliability. Look for an agency that’s not simply content to offer a contract but that’s committed to placing you at assignments where you can grow your career and meet your income goals. Your agency should be an employment partner.

Evaluate compensation and benefits

Carefully consider the entire compensation package an agency offers. Competitive contract rates are important, but so are health insurance, retirement plans, and other benefits. Compare packages to find the one that aligns with your personal and professional needs.

Your agency should be upfront in explaining the fine print in contracts, including perks like overtime, holiday pay, and bonuses. Besides your benefits package, these items can impact not only your financial security but also your job satisfaction.

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Understand available support and resources

Travel nurses deserve support, so seek an agency that prioritizes making resources available and accessible while you’re on assignment. Do you have questions about your housing stipend or need access to continuing education opportunities? Your chosen agency should be able to provide answers to these needs and many others.

There’s peace of mind knowing reliable assistance is available for any challenges that may arise when you’re on assignment. A good support system is a lifeline for travel nurses, and it starts with your choice of travel nursing agency.

Choose a travel nursing agency with confidence

A career in travel nursing is what you make of it, but it’s also important to acknowledge the role your travel nursing agency plays. An agency that advocates for you, supports you, educates you, and offers you the best possible benefits can go a long way toward ensuring every contract takes you a step further on a career path you love. Taking the time to find the right partner will only serve to make your career as a traveler even more rewarding.

Are you looking to experience the benefits of a supportive travel nursing agency? Contact a Health Providers Choice recruiter today and let us show you why we’re consistently praised by our nurses. Our mission is to make sure you’re getting everything you need while on assignment, so your travel nursing career is the best it can be. Contact us online or call 888-299-9800 to learn more.

About the Author

Rose Torrento

Rosemarie Torrento has worked in health care for more than 26 years, beginning as a registered nurse in 1988. Early in her nursing career, Torrento worked as a freelance contract nurse before accepting a position in nursing administration. During her 17-year tenure in that role, she oversaw nursing employment and travel nurse contracting at a Level 1 Trauma Hospital in Michigan. Understanding the challenges travel nurses faced, Torrento founded Health Providers Choice Inc. (HPC) in 2003. Through Torrento’s extensive experience and her role as President and CEO, HPC provides travel placement of registered nurses and allied health professionals to hospital systems nationally.