Thanks for the clarification, Tom!
I am very familiar with HT Magazine! I was interviewed for an article in April 2003 concerning Urban vs Rural assignments (the ONLY traveler interviewed, I might brag!:roll ). Was pleased at how the article was presented, except for one item: The references to the others who were interviewed (travel company management people, some who were ex-travelers, but who were all men) were all preceded with "Mr." So-and-So and I was referred to as "Pennie". Felt a little slighted and discrimminated against as a female. Felt that I should have been addressed as "Miss", "Mrs.", or "Ms.".
Ok, concerns of travelers:
1. I was interested in the benefits of the companies that I interviewed before I started traveling. What was the companies policy in terms of housing. Travel pay? - per miles or set rate. And of course, how I connected with the person who would be my recruiter.
2. NOW my concerns: How am I being taken care of by my company: do they listen, are they easy to get ahold of, do they back me up when I have a problem. Housing, retirement benefits, and insurance is a biggy.
3. Most of my information comes from the hundreds of travelers who frequent Travel Nurse and Therapist thread at Delphi. Also, the travelers I meet "on the road".
4. All of those concern me and I research them (thru asking others about the assignment/company/area from other travelers) as thoroughly as I can.
5. The Internet is a wonderful thing! I check out whatever I can find about the area I am going to on the net, then check out any Chamber of Commerce or visitor centers.
6. Ratios, floating policy, are they "traveler friendly" (how many travelers do they have on the floor, etc), what problems does mgmt SEE in their floor: I want their perspective on their floors/facility good and bad, and THEN I research IT out!), dress code, types of patients.
7. Whatever MIGHT affect ME as a traveler: recent tax changes, wage matters (such as the OT bill in Congress), BON nursing changes, compact states.......Geez, could go on and on and could add things probably everyday I travel as things come up.
Good Luck to you. Kind of gave you generic food for thought!