Why Your Relationship with Your Travel Nursing Recruiter can Make or Break Your Assignment

When working as a travel nurse, one of the most important relationships you can develop is the one with your recruiter. Your recruiter can best serve you if they get to know you and understand what you hope to achieve through travel nursing. Let’s dive deeper into how exactly strengthening the nurse-recruiter relationship can benefit your career.

When on assignment, your recruiter is your lifeline.

When you’re on a travel nursing assignment, there will sometimes be questions or uncertainties that arise—that’s a reality with any job. While your peers at your assigned facility will likely be able to answer many of your questions, having a resource you can count on outside of the facility is incredibly important. Developing a strong relationship with your recruiter helps to build both trust and confidence, meaning you can comfortably come to them with questions. It’s nice having someone understanding on the other end of the line, isn’t it? Your recruiter is your BFF on the fly.

Your recruiter should genuinely care about your success.

When choosing which recruiter you’d like to work with (though not every agency provides options for nurses), it’s important that you find someone that understands your work experience, your goals, and how you define success within the scope of a travel nursing job. Working as a traveler is an exciting opportunity; having that extra support will help you make the most of your assignments. If you’re having trouble, your recruiter is there to listen and help. A strong relationship means the recruiter really cares about your success and the things that are important to you.

Remember that your recruiter is here to help you.

Your recruiter wants to make sure that you have the best possible experience on your travel nursing assignment. What’s more, they can typically be one step ahead on your behalf; whether you’re asleep, busy with your current assignment, or simply unavailable, your recruiter can be searching for your next potential assignment. He or she can act like the link between you and your next travel job. If there’s somewhere you’ve been wanting to travel to, your recruiter can keep an eye out for assignments in that area. While you are a patient advocate, your recruiter is your advocate.

Our team understands that your relationship with your recruiter is so crucial to your experience.  At Next Travel Nursing, you’re able to choose the recruiter you want to work with to help you make the most of your assignments. Yeah, we know. It’s a pretty sweet deal.

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Med-Surg Travel Nursing Jobs Available Now

As a med-surg nurse, multi-tasking is likely second nature. On any given day, you’re juggling several tasks—administering medications, educating families, discharging patients, admitting new ones, and keeping members of your team on the same page—all while ensuring that the physical and emotional needs of your patients are being met.

At Next Travel Nursing, our team of recruiters has great respect for the impressive levels of coordination med-surg nurses exhibit on a daily basis. What’s more, we realize that, when it comes to your career, your biggest concerns should fall within your assigned healthcare facility—not outside it. Whether you’re an experienced med-surg travel nurse, or are interested in becoming a traveler for the first time, caring for your patients and helping your unit should be your first priority. That’s why recruiters at Next take care of the details that can often cause stress for travel nurses—identifying new jobs, coordinating travel and housing, and providing quality medical, dental, and vision benefits.

If you’re ready for a new challenge as a med-surg nurse, browse the travel nursing assignments from Next below; our recruiters can help you find the job that’s right for you.

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What to Expect as a Med-Surg Travel Nurse

Venturing out on your first med-surg travel nursing assignment may have you feeling nervous. In truth, starting any new job in an unfamiliar environment can cause anxiety 😬. To help you better prepare for your assignment and put those nerves at ease, the recruitment team at Next Travel Nursing turned to one of our own med-surg nurses, Ashley!

Next: What are three things every med-surg nurse should know when heading out on their first travel assignment?

Ashley: First, know your basics: nurse ratios, scrub color, location of hospital and floor. etc. Those things should be covered in your first interview, but if they’re not, ask. Every hospital is different; each has its own policies and procedures and general way in which they do things on the floor. It’s very annoying for the permanent staff to hear, “Well, this isn’t how we do it back home,” “That’s not the way I was taught,” or, “You should change and do it this way.” You are a travel nurse now, and with that, you have to quickly pick up on how each hospital functions. It’s not going to help anybody to complain if you’re not used to something.

Secondly, be flexible! You are there for a reason. You cannot expect to have the exact schedule you want, the easiest patients, or asked to never float. It simply doesn’t work like that. The more flexible you are as a travel nurse, trust me, the better it will turn out for you in the long run. If you are easy to work with, it will benefit you.

Thirdly, it’s okay to ask questions. We aren’t expected to come in knowing exactly how the floor/unit runs. The permanent staff would rather you ask than do something wrong. Also, be helpful to the other nurses. If you are caught up, offer to help the other nurses with anything they need. This act will go a long way in the traveler world, just like it does in the permanent-staff world.

Next: What is your favorite thing about being a med-surg travel nurse?

Ashley: I love the flexibility of travel nursing. I love that I get to learn new ways to provide patient care, meet new people, and see the country. I love being put out of my comfort zone and surviving. I love proving to myself that I can pick up new charting systems, policies, etc. It’s very self rewarding to know that you can roll with anything that gets thrown at you as a nurse. It’s nice that, if you find that a particular hospital or unit isn’t quite what you like, in 13 weeks, you’re off on a new adventure and not stuck there. And, let’s be honest, the pay is so much better!

Next: Any final tips or advice you would like to convey to fellow med-surg travel nurses?

Ashley: Strive to be the type of nurse that you would want to work with. Just because you are on a unit temporarily doesn’t mean that you can’t form the type of relationships with people you would as a permanent staff member. Be the travel nurse that the staff, managers, etc., beg to stay, and someone who they are really going to miss once your assignment is over.

From the entire Next Travel Nursing team, thank you to Ashley for her valuable insights on the med-surg travel nursing world 👏. We’re thrilled to help nurses like Ashley find the assignments that best fit her needs and wants, and can help you do the same.

If you’re ready to see what med-surg travel nursing opportunities may be available to you, be sure to contact one of our specialty-focused recruiters today. 📲

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How to Become a Travel Nurse

Travel nursing is often an attractive career opportunity that includes great pay, the chance to see different regions of the country, and many more benefits. What it takes to become a travel nurse, however, is not always clear to those new to the field. To help, the Next Travel Nursing team has assembled a list of five steps to becoming a successful travel nurse.

1. Meet the necessary qualifications.

To become a travel nurse, you must:

Without meeting these qualifications, most travel nursing agencies will not consider registering your details.

2. Have a registered home address to access tax-free earnings.

Having a registered home address/state isn’t an absolute necessity to become travel nurse—but, if you want to earn money on a tax-free basis, this is something you need. There’s no exact rule about how far from your home address a job needs to be to be considered a travel nurse post, but the team at Next considers 75 miles the typical minimum standard. 🗺️

3. Be flexible.

As a nurse, flexibility is likely something you utilize at your job each and every day. As a travel nurse, the willingness and ability to be flexible is even more critical.

Most travel nursing jobs span between 13-26 weeks, so the flexibility might not necessarily be tied to your ability to travel on short notice ⏰. However, if your employer wants you to cover staff across a number of different departments, flexibility comes in very handy.

4. Make sure you’re licensed to work in the state you are considering taking an assignment in.

Another important travel nursing requirement is being licensed to work in the state in which your assignment is located. If you are qualified in or have worked in a compact state, you are automatically licensed to work in 25 U.S. states 🇺🇸. If you haven’t, you will need to find out what license you do need and apply for it. (A Next recruiter can help guide you through this process.)

5. Be personable.

Another soft skill that’s beneficial in travel nursing is exhibiting a friendly, approachable demeanor when on the job. This will help you quickly mesh with the many teams and colleagues you’ll be working with. This type of attitude can also help you fit in wherever you work and to avoid office politics.

6. Reach out to an experienced travel nursing staffing agency.

Ready to take the first step towards becoming a travel nurse? Or, simply want to learn more? Reach out to the team at Next Travel Nursing today to get your questions answered or to begin your travel nursing journey.

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Oncology Nurses Light Up Our Lives

May is Oncology Nurses Month, and we’re talking about some health care professionals who deserve recognition — oncology nurses! ❤️

Being a nurse is always tough. These healthcare warriors can take care of just about anything in a unit, from patient care to paperwork. They make crucial decisions every day, and keep patients smiling while they’re at it—not an easy job.

Oncology nurses have one of the hardest jobs in hospitals. Oncology can be a stressful and nerve-wracking discipline, and nurses get up close and personal with both patients and their medical problems. They are the front of the line for any issues that may arise during treatment, and their decisions change patients’ lives daily. That’s one high-impact job.

Oncology nurses are also often the face of the oncology unit. Patients interact with nurses more than anyone else, which means nurses’ attitudes determine the attitudes of the whole ward. A good nurse can completely change a patient’s experience in a matter of minutes. It is easy to underestimate what it takes to keep calm, professional, and friendly in an extremely stressful environment—but they take the heat every day, and keep going.

Nurses are also often responsible for talking to family members—sometimes a heart-wrenching job. Family members can sometimes feel lost or confused when the people close to them are undergoing treatment. Oncology nurses find the time between patients to make sure family members feel empowered and knowledgeable and keep concerned inner circles calm and confident. In a world where a million things could go wrong at once, that’s a tremendous achievement.

We are honored to be recognizing the strength, care, and professionalism of oncology nurses all over the world. Thank you for your work—you make our lives brighter! 😍🌟

Travel oncology nurses interested in taking their talents to Next Travel Nursing should click the button below! 👇🏽👇🏽👇🏽

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Celebrating National Patient Safety Awareness Week

It’s National Patient Safety Awareness Week and we’re celebrating some of the most important people for patient safety – travel nurses!

You don’t need to spend a lot of time in hospitals to know important nurses are to healthcare. Did you know nurses administer like 98 percent of the 🌎 ‘s healthcare services?? Nurses are critical to patient safety. But what about patients in remote or rural areas? All nurses are valuable to patient safety, but in a world where not every patient is guaranteed a nurse, travel nurses are vital.

In fact, most medical facilities would probably fall apart without them. Understaffed units have problems that go way beyond being overworked, including worse outcomes and jeopardized patient safety. So having enough nurses on staff is a major factor in preventing daily disasters.☹️

However, nurses and their lifesaving services are often lacking in places that need them most. Nurses are in high demand, and with patient occupancy always fluctuating, hospitals can’t always afford to hire full-time nurses.

Enter travel nurses. Travel nurses are keeping hospitals afloat everywhere. Living life 13 weeks at a time, travel nurses go where they’re needed most. In other words, they could be anywhere, anytime. And that’s what makes travel nursing so fun!🙌

No matter where you are, travel nurses are probably helping someone nearby. This is National Patient Safety Awareness Week, so it’s only right we acknowledge the medical professionals keeping us all alive and well.

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What’s So Different About Next Travel Nursing?

Wikipedia says there are over 300 travel nursing companies in America alone and you probably couldn’t tell most of them apart. You see a lot of the same jobs, same pay rates, even similar benefits. So, when we say we’re different at Next Travel Nursing, you’re probably like 🙄.

But we are different, and we prove it from the very beginning. When you sign up with Next, we don’t just forward you onto the next recruiter in line. You pick your recruiter.

And we try to make that decision easier, too. Recruiters at Next recruit by specialty. That means you’ll be working with someone who really gets you! A lot of agencies present their recruiters as “career advocates” or “coaches,” but if they don’t really get what you’re doing, how can they help you?


Relationships are at the heart of everything we do at Next. We don’t speak travel nursing agency. We speak your language. Nurses don’t have enough ⏰ in the day and we recognize that. So, we try to save time by cutting the 💩 and keeping it 💯.

It’s 2017. Nursing is changing every day and it’s about time the agencies recruiting them did the same. Don’t just cast your name into a company form online – partner with someone who is only working with other nurses like you.

Click here to browse Next recruiters and see for yourself. Ready for what comes Next?