Hello fellow travelers!!
I am new to the travel nurse business and am trying to land my first contract. I have spoken with a few recruiters and they have ranged from very helpful to not at all helpful. However, all of them seem sketchy about helping me with timing.
I am a full-time labor/delivery/mom-baby nurse with 5 years experience in Indiana. I figured getting a contract would be no problem. I simply assumed obtaining a liscense in whatever state you agreed to work in was a matter of a couple days for verification and a fee (which most sites advertize they either pay or reimburse).
What Im finding when I talk to recruiters is they dont seem too interested in talking contracts and/or compensation because they cant submit you as an applicant to a hospital if you dont have a liscense for that specific state??? Im confused as to how applicants go about knowing what state to get liscensed in BEFORE even knowing if they will get a job/contract in that state??? Also, for companies like Nurse Choice or Faststaff that specialize in fast placement, how do they deal with the states where it can take 6-8 weeks to obtain a liscense?
For example, if I put in the foot work and the money to obtain a liscense in California, but I am not offered a contract (I realize there is a big need in Cali right now so not getting any offers may be unlikely but just as an example) it seems like a waste of valuable time and money.
My other big question about timing is when to put in my "2 weeks notice" with my current full-time job. I have the ability to "get up and go" as I have nothing besides my current job keeping me where I am at. Luckily I have no kids and/or a house to take care of because Im on a month-to-month lease with my apartment. But if a recruiter cant talk real compensation numbers with me until they have submitted me to a hospital and they cant submit me to a hospital until I have a lisence in that state-Im very confused what comes first, the chicken or the egg. I cant quit my full-time job on the hopes I will get a good offer nor can I afford to just get liscened in all the states just to be submitted for consideration.
How did everyone else handle this??? Am I just missing a big piece of the puzzle??? Thanks ahead of time for your replys and help. Ive been lurking on this board for years but Im ready to take the plunge and start my new career!!!
Any reply is awesome and helpful.