How to get into Travel Nursing?

  1. Hello all, I'm a relatively new nurse, I've worked in Outpatient Dialysis for a year. Recently, I've been putting some thought into travel nursing.

    However I don't know how to go about looking into getting hired through an agency, which agencies to go with or avoid, and how to get the process going, or if I even have enough experience yet. I'd like to stick in my specialty of Dialysis.

    Any input is appreciated!
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  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   Wolf at the Door
    Do you think you're the only one who has asked about agencies? Do you really think you're the only new nurse who wants to travel. Noooooo you're not. Plenty of tips already available. look through the forum. Happy researching.
  4. by   NedRN
    You don't need to bother with most agencies unless you do acute care. If you do a search on this forum, I listed most of the agencies that specialize in dialysis travel. Both the major nationwide providers for dialysis do have in company travel available, or using a private agency can sometimes have advantages: for example, if you go to work for DaVita directly, they may prohibit you from working at their facilities through another agency. I haven't heard that actually happens in dialysis, but it does in other similar situations, and it is legal.
  5. by   NedRN
    Quote from Wolf at the Door
    Do you think you're the only one who has asked about agencies? Do you really think you're the only new nurse who wants to travel. Noooooo you're not. Plenty of tips already available. look through the forum. Happy researching.
    What, no Facebook page to recommend?!!
  6. by   Wolf at the Door
    ^ If this nurse shifts through the pages, the facebook recommendation would be found .
  7. by   NedRN
    Pretty sure no FB page for dialysis travelers has been mentioned. Dialysis assignments are pretty rare I would think on the premium job site. I was merely teasing you anyway for not suggesting it.
  8. by   Wolf at the Door
    Quote from NedRN
    Pretty sure no FB page for dialysis travelers has been mentioned. Dialysis assignments are pretty rare I would think on the premium job site. I was merely teasing you anyway for not suggesting it.
    I figured as much. OR RN's do have a dedicated page hint hint. There are dialysis assignments listed on the FB travel nurse gypsy job group.
  9. by   emergnurse
    I've signed up with 3 agencies. 2 in Canada, 1 in the U.S. (it was a top rated on Highway Hypodermics and Bluepipes) and they all lied about jobs. "We have so many positions, you will be so busy!" then after paying for the paperwork and licences they tell me they don't have any positions for me in that area. I now have 3 valid and active licences (paid out of pocket) with no job, no income. I have all kinds of certifications and ++ years ER experience. So angry. I can see why someone knew would be asking for a specific name of either a recruiter or agency from their own personal experience. My recruiter wouldn't answer her messages for at least a week. I'm going back to searching for perm FT.
  10. by   NedRN
    Sorry you had that experience. However the line about "keeping you busy" is not really a lie. But it is misleading if your expectation is a restricted geographic area. Travelers usually have to go where the needs are and those often are cyclic. Requiring a specific location without travel experience means you can be out competed by those with much more travel experience (if you were a manager, who would you choose).

    Should you decide to try travel again, talk to more agencies and recruiters. Three tries is usually not enough to find good and honest recruiters and sort the BS from reality. Especially if you need specific locations.
  11. by   Wolf at the Door
    1 - Diaylisis RN - Days - Start: 8/20
    $1928 Weekly Gross
    $53.56 Hourly ($23 taxable + $30.56 non taxable)

    In albany, NY with the VA hospital. they want 52 weeks o0!! Most VA's want 26-52 weeks. They have a massive need around the USA due to impending hiring freeze.
  12. by   emergnurse
    Maybe you didn't quite catch everything I had written. I have mutliple licences in 2 countries. Nothing says a restricted geographical area. They advertised jobs in provinces and states (multiple) and then admitted after everything was done those jobs don't exist and they've never placed anyone in those states. This is not a case of lack of experience. They did outright lie. Nor are these the only agencies and recruiters I have spoken to, these were just the ones I completed the paperwork with. I am a nurse with many years of experience in many different places and advanced education, certifications. There was no competition from other nurses against me. I was offering support to the original person posting because you can research all you want, but getting a contact from another traveler is far more valuable. But, I'm done. I'm not interested in an argument.
  13. by   Wolf at the Door
    Quote from emergnurse
    Maybe you didn't quite catch everything I had written. I have mutliple licences in 2 countries. Nothing says a restricted geographical area. They advertised jobs in provinces and states (multiple) and then admitted after everything was done those jobs don't exist and they've never placed anyone in those states. This is not a case of lack of experience. They did outright lie. Nor are these the only agencies and recruiters I have spoken to, these were just the ones I completed the paperwork with. I am a nurse with many years of experience in many different places and advanced education, certifications. There was no competition from other nurses against me. I was offering support to the original person posting because you can research all you want, but getting a contact from another traveler is far more valuable. But, I'm done. I'm not interested in an argument.
    I agree travel nursing sucks by a mile. Even if someone recommends a recruiter they still might try to pull a fast one on you. EX my friend used another friends recruiter both of them caught her in a lie. I have filled out multiple profiles for hoax jobs. I personally only did travel nursing to explore the possibility of landing a perm job while on assignment at other hospitals. I would NEVER do this long term..
    Last edit by Wolf at the Door on Mar 19
  14. by   NedRN
    Quote from emergnurse
    Maybe you didn't quite catch everything I had written. I have mutliple licences in 2 countries. Nothing says a restricted geographical area. They advertised jobs in provinces and states (multiple) and then admitted after everything was done those jobs don't exist and they've never placed anyone in those states. This is not a case of lack of experience. They did outright lie. Nor are these the only agencies and recruiters I have spoken to, these were just the ones I completed the paperwork with. I am a nurse with many years of experience in many different places and advanced education, certifications. There was no competition from other nurses against me. I was offering support to the original person posting because you can research all you want, but getting a contact from another traveler is far more valuable. But, I'm done. I'm not interested in an argument.
    Oh yes, I caught that. But you know what, what happened to you was entirely your fault. Travel nursing in Canada is minuscule. Not hard to find that out. Get licensed in three provinces and you still have the same problem. Virtually no jobs posted online are "real" and haven't been for 15 years. For various reasons, jobs are just "representative". This is not a secret either and has been posted by me and many others for the last 15 years in travel nurse forums and more recently on FaceBook. Top ten lists are click bait and have zero to do with how good an agency is. Effectively, you put all your eggs in one basket and had exactly one chance to find a good recruiter. You failed to shop around, and limited your search severely.

    You are not alone, many make similar mistakes (some get lucky). I wasn't arguing with you, I was trying to help you with a path forward should you want to try travel again in the future. I understand you were just venting, but others do need to learn how travel nursing works, and the way you did it does not work.

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