Your Recruiter is Your Resource

Written by Rose Torrento on Thursday, October 20, 2022 Posted in Education & Career Advancement

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A travel nursing career is one that’s often filled with question marks. Where is your next assignment? What duties does your contract stipulate? What rates, premiums, bonuses, or stipends are available to you? These are all questions you’ll likely discuss with your recruiter as you gear up for your next assignment. But beyond these basic questions, it’s important to realize that your recruiter is a valuable resource for almost anything you need to further your career, from continuing education resources to tax information.

What is a travel nurse recruiter?

At its core, the role of a travel nurse recruiter is to bring new nurses into the travel nursing agency and connect them with assignments. They are a travel nurse’s main point of contact for any and all questions related to their contracts. When you’re ready to pick up an assignment and head off somewhere new, a recruiter will find you an open position that fits your skills, negotiate the terms of your contract, and make sure details are finalized before you hit the road.

While finding a nurse’s next assignment is a big part of a recruiter’s role, it’s not all they do. Think of recruiters as a one-stop-shop for all things travel nursing. They’ve worked with countless nurses, coordinated assignments across the country, and helped navigate their fair share of sticky situations. This means they have a wealth of experience from which to pull for advice. If you have a question that’s not directly related to an assignment — like how to get a license for a particular state or how to go about pursuing a new certification — they’re ready and able to help.

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Nurses and recruiters are on the same team

The relationship between a travel nurse and recruiter can ultimately affect the success of your career. It’s important that you get along and establish healthy communication right from the start. This is why most travel nurses interview their recruiters before working with them. A good rapport is essential to maintaining a healthy working relationship.

You and your recruiter should be on the same page because, ultimately, you’re on the same team. They are there to support and assist you as you navigate your journey as a travel nurse. You should feel comfortable picking up the phone or sending an email. Having an open line of communication and a strong connection to your recruiter makes it easier to find your next assignment, ask for help when you need it, and clear up questions or problems before they become major issues.

Remember: Your recruiter wants to see you succeed

Your travel nurse recruiter isn’t just a colleague. They are a partner deserving of your trust. They want the same things for you that you do — a rewarding assignment that pays well, a smooth transition between jobs, and a fulfilling career in the medical field.

To that end, most recruiters are willing to go the extra mile to ensure you succeed. If you’re ever feeling uncertain, lost, or frustrated, don’t forget - you’re not alone. With your recruiter a call away, you’ll always have someone on your side.

Your Health Providers Choice recruiter is always here for you. Whether it’s finding your next assignment or answering questions relevant to your career, their mission is to help you make the most of a travel nursing career you love. To meet a recruiter who’s ready to help you take the next step professionally, contact us online or call us today at 888-299-9800.

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.