Whether you’re completely new to travel nursing or a seasoned traveler needing a change, choosing the right travel nurse agency for you is a BIG deal. While there are many, many, many travel RN recruiting companies to pick from, not all are created equal. In fact, selecting a recruiter you can trust and a company that provides the benefits you need can help make your assignment go smoothly —on the flip side, settling for a recruiter that views you as a number rather than a person, or an agency that simply doesn’t have your back with life’s unexpected happens, can cause you extreme stress.
At Next Travel Nursing, our experienced team has assembled three important steps to follow when choosing a new travel nurse agency. While we certainly would love to have you on board the Next crew, we also want you to make the right choice for your circumstances. We understand that Next isn’t the right fit for every travel nurse, and hope you find a nurse-recruiter relationship that takes your RN career to the #nextlevel.
To find that perfect fit, follow these three steps.
Step one in considering a travel nurse company should center around the benefits offered. While your relationship with your recruiter is extremely important (more on that soon), if your travel nurse company isn’t able to meet your medical insurance coverage needs, you’re taking a major gamble. Compare medical insurance plans of the companies you are considering. Here are some questions you should be asking:
An agency may seem like a perfect fit at first, but once you dive into the benefits they offer, the glamour can quickly fade away.
Beyond just medical insurance, research or ask about other benefits offered by travel companies.
The answers to these questions and more will quickly separate the “No”s from the “Maybe”s in your travel nurse agency search.
Once you’ve identified companies that can meet your needs benefits-wise, begin communicating with recruiters at those companies. Most companies will only allow you to speak with one recruiter at a time, but don’t feel like you have to commit to that recruiter right away. If you really like the benefits the agency offers but aren’t meshing well with the first recruiter you come in contact with, simply ask (politely) for another recruiter. It’s likely that the original recruiter could tell things weren’t clicking, too, and they’ll be happy to recommend a colleague.
The best way to get to know a recruiter is to get on the phone and begin asking questions. Here’s a few to get the conversation rolling:
The recruiter will likely ask you questions, as well, to get a feel for your nursing experience level and your desire to travel. This should be a light conversation with deeper follow-ups to come if you feel comfortable with the recruiter. This may seem like a lot of early legwork, but choosing the right recruiter for you will pay off in the future. Remember—your recruiter not only helps you find the perfect travel nurse job, but they will act as lifeline once you’re on assignment. You want someone who has experience, can make intelligent recommendations (but isn’t pushy), and is trustworthy. Do not settle!
Benefits, check. ✅ Recruiter “interviews,” check. ✅ After the first two steps, you’ve found the right company and the right recruiter for you. Now what?
It’s time to commit!
Reach out to the recruiter with whom you plan to move forward with and tell him/her you’re ready to be submitted to jobs. They will then begin to help build your profile and submission packet (which includes things like your resume, skills checklist, RN license, etc.) and eventually (it can take awhile depending on a number of factors) start submitting you to the travel nurse job you desire. Committing to this process, which will require a lot of work from you and your recruiter, will help move things forward quickly and demonstrate your readiness to find the perfect assignment. A half-hearted effort (failure to return calls, unorganized email responses, etc.) could cause the process to drag out for far too long as the recruiter attempts to pull the necessary information out of you. (Again, this is yet another reason the nurse-recruiter relationship is so important!)
While it may be tempting to “commit” to a recruiter at more than one agency (more irons in the fire, right?!), this is not a recommended practice. Most recruiters operate under the impression that they are your sole partner in this mission at the moment. The problem? If you are submitted more than once—and by two different agencies—to a job, you will likely be tossed from consideration immediately, a frustrating reality for both you and all recruiters involved.
Now that you’ve got the steps down for choosing an agency, it’s time to start the process! View our benefits overview page to see what Next has to offer. We also encourage you to compare our benefits to those of other travel nursing agencies.
We wish you the best of luck in your search and do hope you choose Next Travel Nursing to help you find the perfect travel RN job!
The holidays are known for good food, festive cheer, and time spent with loved ones. Most professions allow time off around the holidays for travel and spending time with friends and family. Between Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and many other special days, the season is truly a magical opportunity to bond and show your love for friends and family. Not everyone gets that time off, though, and some are working hard during these holidays to make sure you and your family are safe, healthy, and well cared for. Nurses are a prime example of individuals who make this sacrifice each year.
Since you never know when someone could need immediate medical attention and some people need constant care, nurses are used to working long, odd hours throughout the year. This can include double shifts, late nights, early mornings, and weekends. Holidays are no different. Accidents and illness still strike unexpectedly, and nurses are dedicated to making sure they are there to help heal and care for you and your loved ones. And they do it all without any expectation of thanks, compensation beyond their wages, or reward beyond the knowledge of the good they have contributed to the world.
As you are sitting around the table enjoying meals for various occasions this holiday season, remember the sacrifice nurses make as they trade their time with family and friends to care for yours. They are our real life, everyday heroes, and they continuously strive to make the world a little better and brighter day by day, patient by patient. Make sure to thank the nurses in your life for their hard work and dedication this season and every season.
If you’re a nurse who is working over the holidays this season, thank you from the entire recruitment team at Next Travel Nursing. We take incredible pride in working with nurses like you who put patients first every single day.
As 2019 approaches, many nurses are finding the perfect travel RN assignments for the new year. Get started today by viewing the Next Travel Nursing job board and find the right 2019 opportunity for you.
When applying to medical-surgical travel nurse jobs, one of the first things a recruiter will ask you to do is to provide an updated resume. While you likely will say, “Sure, no problem,” we understand if you’re silently contemplating the last time you updated—or even looked at—your resume. Where is it saved again? I know it’s on a USB thumb-drive somewhere…
Whether you regularly polish your resume or are pretty certain CV is shorthand for “cardiovascular,” (it’s actually curriculum vitae in the context of job applications), this article is for you! At Next Travel Nursing, our team of med-surg RN recruiters understand that you’re busy and want to help ensure your resume has that extra polish it needs to put you at the top of the applicant list. Here are five common resume mistakes we see travel nurse applicants (not just med-surg, of course) make we submitting to a new job.
This is a biggie, and could get you resume tossed out even if you’re a well-qualified med-surg RN. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most common mistakes we see, often due to an easy-to-fix typo. Be sure to check that all of your work history start and end dates properly align—and then check again!
You’re experience is your most valuable (and most marketable) asset when it comes to travel nursing applications. It’s not enough, however, to just list the facility you worked at (or currently work at) alongside the dates. Giving the evaluate some context can help move the needle in a big way. For each job experience item you include, add a few key points such as total beds at the facility, the trauma level, the number of beds on your unit, and whether or not it was a teaching facility.
Similar to the aforementioned point, simply listing that you worked as a med-surg nurse at Example Hospital from this date to that date won’t be a major attention grabber. For each job held, write a few sentences that describe what you did at that facility or any notable things about your work there that you are especially proud of. This should go beyond, “Provided great care to patients.” Make sure they notice you for the amazing nurse you are!
Technology know-how in hospitals is becoming ever-more important each year. However, this is something Next recruiters must often ask travel nurses to provide after first viewing their resume. By including this on you resume from the start, you can expedite the submittal process and demonstrate your EMR chops to potential travel nurse host facilities.
This is something we frequently see among med-surg nurses who have worked in one state their entire career. While this section of your resume is simple and straightforward, it’s very easy to forget one or two certifications you may hold. Even if you don’t think a license or certification is relevant to the med-surg job for which you’re being submitted, include it on your resume anyway—you never know what additional positives will help you stand out from other applicants.
If you’re an experienced med-surg travel nurse who has been away from your legal permanent residence for quite some time, this may be an easy oversight. However, it’s very important for your Next recruiter to have this information, as it will be needed during the submittal process.
As you prepare your resume, start thinking about med-surg travel nurse jobs you’d like apply to. A great place to start browsing is the Next Travel Nursing job board! Click the button below to access the job board now.
If you’re a home health nurse, kudos to you for making a smart career choice! After all, home health is expected to be the fastest-growing healthcare field in the next 10 years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. And, if you’re ready to take your career to the next level, check out home health travel nursing, which is expected to grow even more rapidly. Being a home health travel nurse has amazing perks and advantages over full-time, permanent positions.
While rates of diseases (such as obesity and diabetes) increase year-after-year, so does the population’s desire to age peacefully “in place,” delaying entrance to facilities like nursing homes. The good news for home health nurses is that job stability is high. Yet, in many areas, the demand for home health nurses is so high that there are not enough skilled nurses to fill the positions. That’s where home health travel nurses come in… providing exciting opportunities for a less-than-conventional lifestyle.
What’s there to love about being a home health travel RN?
With companies recruiting home health nurses all over the country, you can choose your next destination in life. Get to know the area as you work in various community locations, and enjoy sightseeing on your time off.
With contracts typically averaging 13 weeks, you can tame that itch to switch jobs with ease and without guilt. You can have more control over your schedule by accepting positions that work for your pace and desired hours. Plus, you’ll get to develop skills in a variety of settings. Looking to stay longer? Some companies offer longer contracts, even extending over 6 months if you prefer (and such jobs are available).
To compensate traveling nurses, many companies increase the appeal to fill much-needed positions. Potential perks can include a higher salary than permanent staff, sign-on bonuses, low-cost housing or allowances, and travel stipends. Plus, you’ll usually enjoy your conventional benefits, such as health coverage and 401(k) options.
Home health travel nurse jobs are available to fill an important need that is currently unmet. Quality healthcare is undoubtedly one o the most important things in life. Working where your’e needed, respected, and appreciated feels good, right?
The bottom line: A home health travel nursing job is an opportunity you don’t want to miss out on. If you have at least 2 years of full-time experience as a home health RN and are ready to take the leap, start searching for your perfect fit now by clicking the button below!
Let’s face it, you’ve got the skills to work anywhere you want. You’re at the top of your game and you’re in demand! There are jobs everywhere you look, and people are vying for your nursing talent. With everyone needing your skillset, why wouldn’t you want to go to one of the most attractive places on earth?
Here are six reasons you should have California on your travel nursing bucket list:
We know you’re already singing along…but seriously, the pay in California is #legit. Yes, we know you enjoy helping people, we do get it. But… there’s nothing wrong with doing what you love and getting paid well for it!
Whether you’re into the oldies or your grandpa made you listen to it, just about everyone has heard the song “California Dreamin’”—and for good reason. Sure, the song is talking about the amazing weather, if you like sunshine and beaches. But we know some people prefer the colder, mountainous climates, or even the desert (to each their own!). So regardless of what makes you tick, California has the right climate for you.
You work hard, you’re on your feet all day, and what do you want to relax with when you get home? Might we suggest a bottle of some of the best wine on the planet? People come from all over the world just to enjoy all the Napa Valley has to offer, and when you’re here, it’s right in your backyard. Friends and family will want to visit just to taste and experience some of the great wine California has to offer, so no need to feel homesick. They’ll come to you!
California is home to some of the most spectacular views on the planet and has numerous national parks to protect these sites. Death Valley National Park is awe-inspiring (need we say visits in winter are usually the best idea?), Yosemite National Park offers glacier-sculpted geology, and Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park has trees with more mass than any others in the world. You will go home feeling short, guaranteed.
Tourists come from all over the world to see this picturesque bridge, but you can easily take a walk or bike across without having to plan a huge vacation (if you’re already here that is…).
And finally, we come to one of the best reasons to do your thing in California: the Hollywood lifestyle. C’mon, we’ve seen you taking a glimpse at those celebrity magazines in the lounge on break time. We also know you follow the famous on your Instagram account. So just come to terms with the fact that you love the glamorous lifestyle, and head out west. After all, #YOLO!
Ready to nail down the perfect California travel nursing assignment? Click the button below to see available positions in the Golden State.
As a nurse, you’re on your feet for up to 12 hours at a time, walking, standing, and even running. Being a lifesaver is tough work! 😅 Bad shoes can mean poor posture and pain, especially after several days of work in a row, and that’s just not cool. Because of this, making sure your nursing shoes work for you should be a top priority. A good pair of nursing shoes can make a long shift a lot more comfortable, and your feet will thank you. Here are five top-rated nursing shoes to give you a little extra bounce in your step. 👟👣
Danskos have been popular nursing shoes for years, and many nurses swear by them. While they have many shoe styles, they’re most known for their nursing clogs. They have a two-inch rocker bottom to help your foot roll through each step, are great at helping absorb shock, and have plenty of toe room. They come in a variety of colors and patterns, and last-but-not-least, they last for ages.
Alegria is another popular shoe brand that uses memory foam, cork, and latex in their footbed. This combination both molds to your foot and helps absorb shock from your steps. If your footbed wears out, it’s also replaceable, which means you don’t need to give up on your favorite shoes. Alegria has many styles to choose from and some adorable patterns. It’s a win for both style and comfort—meet your new wardrobe BFF!
If you’re not a fan of clog-style shoes, check out Nurse Mates. Their shoes have plenty of cushioning while at the same time being incredibly lightweight. Most styles come in black, white, gray, or navy. They’re both stain and slip-resistant, making them a practical choice for nurses who value their comfort.
Timberland also makes some great styles of professional shoes. The Renova style is a fave of many nurses, especially those who have high arches. If you have high arches, you know how tricky it can be to find a shoe that supports your foot. Renovas have a specially-designed toe box and are treated with 3M Scotchgard to keep your sweet new kicks stain-free.
Nike Flex running shoes are another option loved by many nurses. If you prefer a sneaker-style nursing shoe and a lower heel, this might be the pair for you. They’re lightweight and the upper part is designed to fit your foot like a sock.
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The home health industry’s explosive growth is not expected to slow any time soon. Experienced home health RNs know that their skill-set is in demand, and many are choosing to take the plunge into travel nursing for the first time. Maybe you’re burned out in your current locale and simply want to take care of patients? Or perhaps the prospect of higher pay has caught your interest?
No matter what your motivation, travel nursing offers something for everybody, and making the transition to a home health travel RN job is easier than ever.
First, the perks. Why are home health nurses ditching their traditional day (or night) jobs to take on travel assignments?
Travel nurses enjoy much greater autonomy than employed RNs. Don’t want that assignment? Don’t take it. Travel nurses have the ability to work with their recruiters to find assignments that fit their personal needs and preferences. And they don’t have to worry about using up a limited bank of vacation time, because they can choose to accept assignments when they want to.
Maybe you’re paying off debt, saving for a new house, or are less-than-thrilled with the small annual increases you’re getting in your current role. Travel nurses are able to take advantage of economic opportunities outside their local market to increase their pay. Plus, in addition to higher hourly wages, travel RNs usually get benefits, special tax breaks, and stipends for housing and living expenses.
Maybe you’ve dreamed of going to a specific city or state, but heard that housing is so expensive there and jobs are hard to find. Home health travel nursing is an inexpensive way to visit new places.
Travel nurses gain access to prestigious medical centers, which end up on their resumes. They can also gain exposure to new specialties, skill-sets, and EMRs—all of which can increase their value in the market both at home and across the U.S. They can also expand their professional network.
Home health travel nurses rarely spend a lot of time sitting in meetings. And they don’t have to deal with the same difficult colleague or supervisor every day. Instead, travel nurses get to focus on providing direct care to patients.
Because home health travel RNs are constantly exposed to new situations, they tend to acquire new skills and confidence at a faster rate than if they worked for one employer.
Ready to begin your adventure as a home health travel nurse? Request additional info from Next today.
Heading out on your first travel nursing assignment can produce a wide array of emotions. You’re likely excited, but yet uncertain. Confident yet somewhat nervous?
At Next Travel Nursing, our team of dedicated recruiters is here to support you and make that first travel job go as smoothly as possible! Here are five tips for RNs new to the traveling world.
Starting a new job always put butterflies in your stomach, but that feeling may be more intense when you’re in a new city for the first time. Preparing yourself for lots of changes can help you embrace the excitement of the experience rather than focusing on any possible anxiety. Take the opportunity to learn about yourself and maybe meet some really cool people along the way.
Always read your contract (with Next or any other travel nursing company) and verify all details before signing. Ensuring you are working with a reputable travel or staffing agency can save you headaches then it comes to contract time.
Do a quick Google search or map check on the facility you will be going to. It can help ease your mind if you know a little bit about the surrounding area, like where the grocery stores are or how many highways you will have to take to get to work. Find out what attractions and places to unwind are nearby. Knowing the size of the hospital, if they have any designations such as a trauma or stroke center, and what population they serve can help you prepare for your time there.
It is always a good idea to have a decent savings account balance before deciding to travel. Consider potential higher costs of living and any added expenses when planning your first assignment. (Like all the cool places you will want to visit in new cities!)
In order to get the most out of travel nursing, you may have to give up your ideal requirement of only working day shift in a beach town ! (#goals!) The great thing about travel nursing is that it’s all temporary, and all experience is valuable. Each hospital that utilizes travel nurses truly needs the help. Try taking shorter assignments in different places and types of facilities to see what you really like. Don’t be afraid of leaving that comfort zone!
More questions? Our team is happy to provide answers or guidance as you start this exciting new journey. Contact us today!
As a registered nurse, you spend your days taking care of others. It’s important to take care of yourself, too! If you’re thinking about getting into travel nursing, make sure you secure an excellent benefits package that includes medical insurance from day one. ✅
Healthcare can be costly, whether it’s an annual wellness exam, urgent care visit, or emergency surgery. This cost is why good health insurance is one of the must-have benefits when you take any new job—arguably even more so for a travel nurse. When you’re traveling the country, it’s good to know that you can keep up on preventative care, get the prescription drugs you need, and obtain urgent care or emergency care if a serious illness or injury strikes.
Here are five things every RN should consider before taking a travel nurse assignment:
From your very first day on the job, you need to have health insurance. No probation period, no waiting. And because you could take a job anywhere in the country, you want to be sure the insurance is widely accepted. If you work with Next Travel Nursing, the coverage is first-rate. From day one of your assignment, we provide coverage to our travelers.
Health insurance helps you pay for doctor visits , prescription drugs, and preventative screenings. Rates and co-pays can vary greatly depending on your insurance plan. Our carrier negotiates competitive rates to keep your co-pays and premiums as low as possible.
What happens if you have a dental emergency on the road or need new glasses? Dental and vision insurance are extras that not every company offers. Our benefits for travel nurses include optional dental and vision insurance.
When you’re a travel nurse, the last thing you want to hassle with is medication issues for yourself or a family member. Most placement agencies offer prescription drug coverage through the health plan, but your out-of-pockets costs may be pretty high. Our plan ensures your prescription drug co-pays are competitively priced.
The time between travel gigs is a great opportunity to schedule doctor visits and preventative care appointments for you and your family. However, make sure you understand what a travel nurse company’s policy is before you accept an assignment. At Next Travel Nursing, your benefits end the last day of your assignment unless you extend your assignment or re-sign and start a new assignment within 28 days.
As a travel nurse, you need to be healthy and happy wherever you are. At Next Travel Nursing, our health insurance coverage will help you to feel your best. ☺
For more information, connect with a Next recruiter today!
While your Next Travel Nursing recruiter will be your BFF throughout your travel experience, getting the most out of your personal technology when on assignment is also helpful. Travel nursing is all about adventure and community—these five must-have mobile apps can help you make the most out of your stay.
Possibly the best-known mobile app on this list, Waze is a navigation app —but better. Waze reports information such as traffic congestion, accidents, and construction. Navigating a new area can be tricky, and rush hour can be a major headache in a large city if you’re not prepared. This app will direct you via the quickest route and help keep you on-time for your new gig and free-time adventures.
Everyone knows how chaotic moving can be, even for 13-week stints. Making lists is a must, especially when moving to a new area with a new job lined up. Google Keep is our top pick for list apps. You can name and keep multiple lists in the app, with check-boxes next to each item to help you as you go. Keep is also useful for keeping important information on hand—you can save notes in the app. The app automatically backs up to your Google account and any other Keep apps you have on your devices (tablet, laptob, etc.), so if you lose your phone, you can have peace of mind that your information is still on your account.
BrightNest is a unique app that uses your location to create a list of the stores and services available in the area . The app pulls up a variety of home improvement and organization resources that are ultra-helpful as a renter. Forget a laundry basket? No problem! BrightNest will show you the nearest store in your new city. This app is great for those headed to cities they’ve never visited.
Half the excitement of travel nursing is getting to explore a new city and state. Yeti is known as the “Tinder of places.” Using your location, the app pulls up great local places to visit, such as restaurants, attractions, and events, all presented in the “swipe” format. Swipe right for more information, and swipe left to see the next suggestion. Users can also discuss their experiences at certain attractions on the discussion board. Pretty sweet, right? Yeti’s a great tool to have in your pocket.
Nurses who work with Next have the added advantage of our in-house Travel & Housing department, a team of people who can set up company-paid housing or make knowledgeable recommendations if you choose to set up your own accommodations. However, if you’re working with another agency, or simply plan on taking any overnight trips away from your assignment location, Airbnb allows you to look at and book housing options on-the-go. The app lists apartments and rooms that individuals or families have posted for rent. Many travel nurses find housing arrangements through this app . Airbnb is also a nice way to begin to meet people in the area outside of work. The owners may be able to point you in the right direction for entertainment and attractions in the area.
Want more helpful travel nursing tips? Talk to a specialty-focused recruiter at Next Travel Nursing today!