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- by NurseCupcake87 Jul 26, '12Hello everyone!
This is my first post on here
Anyways, As of June of this year I have officially gotten my 2 years of experience out of the way. I've always wanted to travel! I live in a super small town and want to get out there. I have met a few travelers that have come and gone until last year when our hospital cancelled their "travel program" and stopped accepting travelers. I wish I would have asked them more about it, but the one thing I can remember is that the all absolutely LOVED it.
Here I am ready to start, but I have no idea where to start.
I applied to American Traveler and a recruiter called within the hour, but I froze and didn't answer!
From what I've read on here most people are saying to look for companies that will cater to your needs, but I honestly don't really have any! I just want to get up and go!
So, what are the companies that some of you work for? I know we cannot put recruiter information onto the threads, but is it ok to put the names of the actual companies?
Pros and cons would be nice.
Also, I've heard of people "agency hopping." Do any of you do that or are you loyal to one company/recruiter?
Thanks so much for any information!
- Jul 26, '12 by dreamworx07The best way to learn as much as possible, as quickly as possible is to check out all the websites and forums
Delphi forum. TNT message boards are great
Joe at travel tax
There are some great books you can order or download on kindle about travel nursing also! There is tons of info out there!!!
- Jul 26, '12 by GoobstressMessaged you some info, hope that helps you out.
- Jul 26, '12 by RNWhit07Nurse Cupcake87- Where are you from. Maybe you should consider going to the Travel Nursing conferencee in Vegas..in October.. Thats what I'm planning to do. I'm in the same boat as you. 23 year old female.. no tie downs..from a small town, ready to get up and go. The thing is, I cannot go until January due to a contract I have at home- (Virginia). Sounds like we will both be getting into this exciting career together. I'm excited. I plan to start applying to agencies next month (August). I didnt want to do it beforehand because I didnt want the constant phone calls so early knowing I couldnt do anything. This will atleast give me a few months to get all my stuff together. Good luck. PM me if you can or email. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jul 29, '12 by Travel_RNERI started traveling with just 2 years of experience and from a small rural hospital. I love it. It's the greatest learning experience you can have in my opinion. It took me a while to actually get started once I talked to a travel agency. I think that it doesn't matter that much when choosing and agency because for the most part they all offer the same things. It's all about your recruiter. I talked to one recruiter for an entire year trying to get prepared for traveling. I decided to try a different recruiter and see how another worked. Within 2 weeks of applying and talking to a different recruiter...I had a job offer! I found a great article that may give you direction when talking to a recruiter and to know what to ask. TRAVEL NURSE TOOLBOX - Travel Nursing HUB
Also, another good website is Travel Nurse Help | Hospital Information for Travel Nursing Jobs. There are tons of resources online. Just go for the gold. Don't hold back or you will never know. The best thing is if you try it and hate it...you are only obligated to fulfill one contract. Try to get an 8 week contract your 1st assignment to see if it's for you. Best of luck!
- Jul 29, '12 by NedRNYou can just jump in and learn as you go. You will quickly learn what your preferences are. Some travelers do stick to one agency for their entire time traveling, usually a larger one with a lot of assignment choices. Less paperwork!
Some travelers are more freelance and keep current with a number of smaller agencies for good assignment choices, independence, and often more money.
If you don't want to research, you don't have to - just try it! That's also a valid preference.
- Jul 29, '12 by SonorityGeniusNot all travel companies have your needs! Pay is the #1 consideration when traveling. So you shouldnt say you dont have any needs! Watch out for the low ball offers as you're new.
- Jul 29, '12 by NedRNI agree that not all companies have your back. But so what if you lose three months? You will have a completed travel assignment on your resume and will have better options all around for the next one. I don't give that advice for most new travelers, but it seems to fit this one.
I disagree that pay is the #1 consideration when traveling. I'd take a couple bucks less any day to work for a better agency. And if pay is the only consideration worth considering, perhaps travel is the wrong thing altogether. Move to SF or Boston and take a $60 an hour position. Or become a stockbroker. Travel for the lifestyle, not the money.
- Jul 29, '12 by gypsynursI agree with NedRN...travel for the lifestyle, not the money. That being said, we all have a minimum pay that we 'can' accept. Its important to make sure that you know what amount this is. There are also other considerations that you might want to think about when choosing an agency.
I would also recommend that you attend the Travelers Conference if you can. You'll gain a ton of useful information and be able to connect/network with other travel nurses.Last edit by JustBeachyNurse on Jul 29, '12 : Reason: ToS