As I searched the web for a travel nursing company, I decided to make a list of what I wanted in a travel company. Before going into travel nursing, I would strongly advise anyone to set down and make a list of what you want, and what are you priorities?
Excellent pay rates: No, money isn't everything, but I do expect to be paid well for my well rounded background in Medical / Surgical / Psychiatric / Emergency / & Nursing Management experience.
FREE Housing: I expect to have a 2 bedroom (or one bedroom with sofa-sleeper) for when my family travels with me. Have a husband and one son. Would expect assistance in acquiring the proper furniture and utilities arrangements BEFORE I get to my assigned city.
FREE Medical, Dental, and Life Insurance: Expect to have comprehensive no-cost medical, dental, vision, and life insurance coverage for myself, with dependent coverage for my husband and son for a small fee.
401K: Expect to have 401K with employer contribution. 100% vested would be nice, but I think that they company ought to atleast do a 50% vestment.
Expect competitive completion bonus: After my 13-week assignment, would expect atleast a $2,000 to $5,000 completion bonus, depending on the location.
Continuing Education: Expect assistance in furthering my educational needs, including CEUs along with ACLS and PALS. Expect for company to reimburse for CPR, ACLS, and PALS if required for current job.
Direct Pay: Expect my paycheck to hit the back atleast every 2 weeks with electronic deposit. You expect me to be at my assignment on time, I expect to be paid on time. I realize that we all are humans, and mistakes are made... but don't expect them on every pay check. Don't want to have to "fight" for my money every week.
Travel Reimbursement: Expect to be paid "a respectable" amount for traveling to and from my assignment... whether it be traveling weekly back and forth (within 200 miles)... or traveling and staying for the full 13 weeks.
24 hour availability: I don't want to be stuck out in the middle of the desert with my truck and family without someone to call for help. I want my recruiter or supervisor or an on-call person to be there when I NEED them!
Written by Epstein LaRue, RN, BS, author of "Highway Hypodermics: Your Road Map To Travel Nursing", "Love At First Type", and "Crazy Thoughts of Passion."http://www.epsteinlarue.com/