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I am going to start travel nursing soon. Which is a good company? RN network? Faststaff? HRN? Cross Country? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Im with Cross Country, they are 1st timer friendly. It can be challenging to get that first contract. After that it gets much easier. Im also with Cirrus Medical Staffing. I think you should be with at least two for more options.
I used cross country as a first time traveler! I had a great recruiter, which makes all the difference. They were good to me...traveling is always tough the first time as there are so many rules and things to remember. You really have to be grounded in your skills.
I am a new traveler. I love it! My experience has been nothing but awesome!!! Email me for more details. I can give you my recruiter's name. She's really cool and is A LOT more helpful than others I have talked with. My email is email@example.com :-)
Find a great recruiter, the company..eh.. they all offer more or less the same thing- its all just structured differently-ends up the same. Some are national, some more local. BUT a recruiter that remembers you exist, that lends an ear just so you can vent for a few minutes is priceless. The more loyalty you show them, the more they'll show you. I know some nurses who hop from company to company or register with 4 or 5 companies. Number 1 - all those tests and references- yuck, but then they also complain about the assignments and that is why they hop. I stay with my guy and he gets me great assignments. Good luck.
Find someone you trust and have a connection with. That will make or break it. When you face adversity (which you will at some point during an assignment) your recruiters response/actions will be what keeps/pushes you away from the company.
I stayed with the same company 5 years -- there's a flip side to every story/assignment. I had two great recruiters in that company. I'd still be with that company if my initial recruiter(s) hadn't moved away, gotten married and pregnant. When I was "assigned" to the third recruiter ... long story short ... a great relationship with the company went sour ... she was NOT a good interface/spokesperson.
The company didn't/couldn't/wouldn't reassign me to another Recruiter, so a very long and happy relationship with the company ended.
My thoughts -- Move on until you find the Recruiter who cares about your interests as well as theirs -- two way street.
Bottom line: Companies are all about the same -- it's the Recruiter that is or isn't working for you making ALL the difference.