Get Your Recruiter Involved if You’re Having a Rough Time on Assignment

Written by Rose Torrento on Tuesday, July 09, 2019 Posted in On the Job

recruiterIt’s always hard to watch a good situation go south. As a travel nurse, you might be brimming with excitement as you start on a new assignment. But after a few weeks, you find yourself in a less-than-ideal situation. You’ve tried to make it work, but you’re running out of options. You’re far from home and not sure what to do.

If this is a situation you’re in right now, the best thing you can do is pick up your phone and call your recruiter. More than being knowledgeable about your options, they’re your lifeline when an assignment doesn’t go as planned.

Not every assignment is ideal

Although you’ve likely gone into your new assignment with an open mind and an eager attitude, there are many reasons for feeling like the position just isn’t right for you. In some cases, it’s possible to push through and try to make it work. But in others, it’s perfectly reasonable to want or need to remove yourself from the situation.

You may find yourself feeling unwanted or unwelcome by the facility’s staff, despite giving your all to make friends and good impressions. These negative relationships may even be harming your work performance.

Perhaps your facility isn’t adhering to the terms of your contract. You may be assigned to complete tasks that you aren’t trained, equipped, or qualified to do, making it impossible to do a good job. Or you may be getting shorted on hours or shifts, which affects your paycheck. You may even experience a traumatic event while on assignment, whether at the facility or in your new town.

In these situations, it isn’t your fault that you’re not feeling comfortable, especially if you’ve done all you can to make it work. But what else can you do?

Your recruiter is here to help

AB helping handIf you’re in a situation you just can’t seem to solve, the first thing you should do is contact your travel nursing recruiter. Explain the situation, including the steps you’ve taken to solve the problems and the barriers you’re facing.

A recruiter’s entire job is to work with travel nurses to find them assignments, make their transitions easier, and mitigate problems. They’re the experts in situations like these and will work to help you through it.

One of the best things your recruiter can do is champion for you. They’re the go-between for you and your facility, so they can reach out to your manager and ensure that your assignment is going according to plan.

Additionally, your recruiter will be knowledgeable about travel nursing contracts and yours in particular. They can help you interpret your contract to ensure that you’re getting the proper treatment, as well as help you find a way out if you’re considering leaving your assignment.

You don’t have to leave

In some cases, your recruiter may advise that you remain on assignment and push through for the benefit of your professional career. If this is the case, there are many ways you can relieve the stress of your negative assignment and make a difficult experience more enjoyable.

Developing de-stressing hobbies, exercising, and making friends outside of the workplace will help you enjoy your time after you clock out. Additionally, focusing on setting goals and reshaping your mindset can help you make the most of the opportunity until it is over and you can move on to something new.

Having a rough time on assignment? The Health Providers Choice team is here to advocate for you. Talk to your recruiter, contact us online, or call us today at 888-299-9800 to learn more about what you can do to make the most of your assignment.

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.