Editor's Note: This post was originally published in April 2017 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
These 3 simple lessons will help you land the best travel nursing job ever – whether it’s your first time or fifteenth time!
Today’s Travel Nurse Has So Many Opportunities
The options seem to be endless for travel nurses these days! In the past, you might be the only travel nurse on a hospital floor. But today, you’re likely one of many in a department. With so many opportunities as a traveling nurse, how can you find the right fit for you as you complete contract after contract? Explore these 3 simple lessons to help you land the best travel nursing job ever – whether it’s your first time or the fifteenth time!
Know What You Want in Future Nursing Positions
Determining what you want may require a step back before you move forward. Take a look into your past nursing jobs, both travel and permanent placement, and one-by-one, create a pros and cons list. Focus on each position’s key responsibilities, the company culture and values of each facility, and the management styles you’ve encountered.
By seeing where you’ve been, you’ll find it easier to discuss with a recruiter where you would like to go. They’ll take your ideal job descriptions into account and send postings that match your preferences. Plus, with CoreMedical, you can even set your preferences in our convenient CMGConnect app. When a new job posting meets all of your criteria, you’ll get notified immediately – day or night!
Know How to Find Travel Nursing Jobs
We just covered this briefly, but if you want to land the best travel nursing job, you have to know where travel nurses are welcomed. The fastest way to get a list of potential employers is by working with a medical staffing agency, like CoreMedical, that specializes in travel RN and travel LPN jobs.
Staffing agencies can greatly decrease the amount of time it will take to find the right position by enlisting an expert recruiter to do your job search for you. A recruiter will take into account your work history, assist you with career advice, provide resume refining tips, and help with interview preparation.
Once you have decided on a few jobs that excite you, the best medical staffing agencies will take care of interview scheduling and be your personal advocate, increasing your chances of getting an offer. After accepting a job, the agency will ensure that all paperwork for the job is completed correctly and that you are well prepared for your move. This assistance usually includes setting up housing and any eligible benefits.
Be Open to New Experiences No Matter Where Travel Nursing Takes You
Not every travel nurse will spend their first contract job on the beaches of Hawaii or in the mountains of Colorado. But it doesn’t mean you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for in a travel nursing career elsewhere in the country.
Comparable traveling nurse jobs are always available to RNs and LPNs who have open minds. By using a trusted medical staffing agency that has been in the industry for more than 25 years, you can take advantage of their knowledge of the foremost facilities and unbeatable destinations.
The best medical staffing agencies will have positions in highly sought-after locations like California or Florida. But they should also employ recruiters who will approach your nursing job search with an array of locations tailored to your lifestyle and professional preferences. You’ll be surprised by the travel nursing gems that are found across the country in unexpected locations!
Take the Next Step to Find Your Travel Nursing Job
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