Your Recruiter is Your Resource
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.
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.