Traveling nurses have to face hardship when they are seeking jobs on their own basis. They find a job when their application is accepted by the travel nursing agency. The work of the Travel nursing agencies is to match the number of travel nursing jobs available with the number of travel nurses available as their financial health is dependent on the agency of travel nursing. It is advised that all travel nurses find a reputable travel nursing agency.
Firstly all travel nurses should keep in mind that their agency is one that specializes in travel nursing and it is not a hospital which pays salary. The hospital sends a bank check to the agency. The agency then pays the travel nurse by that money. When a nurse is applying at a travel nursing agency they should collect information about the payment system. They should ask them if they are paid, weekly, and monthly or once the assignment is finished. To plan your budget you need to know the payment pattern. Meet other nurses who are working with the agency and ask them if they are satisfied by the agency’s payment methods and how long they take to pay.
One should find out that how often the nursing travel agency gets their staff employed. The information should even include the tenure of employment which will tell the nurse if the agency has the capability to find employment for them for full year or there are months when nurses remain out of work. Even research about the fact that the idleness nurses have to face is because of their personal choice or because of the lack of jobs in the market.
A travel nurse should research for the information that the travel expenses of the nurses are paid by the agency or the nurses themselves. Some agencies of this category pay the expenses by themselves and some subtract the expenses from the salary of the nurse. Some travel nurse agencies do not pay themselves or deduct from salary and the nurses have to pay it from their own pocket. There are agencies that cover all traveling expenses but they have a fixed budget that they provide to the nurse and if an expense exceeds, nurses have to pay themselves. In some cases, travel nurses drive or fly to their new job. Even if the nurses’ expenses are being paid then these nurses have to monitor their budgets themselves.
Also collect the information about the living arrangements the travel agencies make for their nurses. Most of these agencies provide housing to their nurses. Find about the difference between the locations of hospital from these houses. Collect information about the furnishing of the house. Gather information about the way the agencies treat these houses whether they take care of these or just find a cheap place for their nurses to live.
Last thing one should check before they select an agency is the rate of turnover of the nurses employed by the agency. Locate information about the time the agency has spent in this industry. Find out about the financial, social and health benefits the agency provides.