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5 Qualities of a Great Travel Nurse Recruiter

Posted December 7, 2020

There are many travel nursing agencies peppered throughout the nation, and even more travel nurse recruiters. Finding an agency that you have the same values and goals is important. If you find an ethical agency, they will most likely train their recruiters to instill the same values. Finding an awesome recruiter can mean the difference between a phenomenal travel nursing experience and a terrible one. Don’t be nervous to interview different recruiters to find the right one. Here are five qualities to look for in a great travel nurse recruiter!

They are Knowledgeable

Ensuring your recruiter is knowledgeable in the healthcare and travel nursing industry is critical, especially if you are new to travel nursing. A recruiter who can answer your questions straight-forward and candidly based on your goals is ideal. They should be able to answer questions about tax-free money, stipends, housing options, and explain the pay packages, and hiring process from interview to the first day.

You should feel all your questions are answered and you have a clear understanding as to what to expect after you speak with your recruiter. Think of a recruiter as a personal advisor when it comes to making travel nursing decisions because they have the experience and knowledge to get you to where you want to be.

Red Flag: If the recruiter sounds like they are reading off of a piece of paper and answering questions in a roundabout way, this probably means they are new to the industry and agency. Keep searching.

They Match Your Pace

You want a travel nurse recruiter who works with you the way you want them to work with you. This means if you like things to be completed quickly, or are slower at submitting your application, these recruiters will match your pace stride-for-stride.

Let your recruiter know how you like to be contacted, whether that is email, phone, or text. Great travel nurse recruiters know when you like to be reached and by what method. They are also there for you 24/7 and don’t mind responding to your questions on a Saturday, or after normal business hours if you need them.

Red Flag: It takes the recruiter over 48 hours to respond to you.

You Vibe Well Together

Your goal is to be a team with your recruiter. There should be a level of comfort so you feel at ease speaking up, asking questions, or requiring last-minute changes.

Don’t be afraid to interview recruiters to find the right one. Your personalities should mesh, and it never hurts to bond over family, food, or sports too! Building a professional relationship with your recruiter should feel natural and comfortable. Heck, one of our travel nurses invited our recruiter, Andrea, to their wedding! Now that is a great bond!

Red Flag: The recruiter makes you feel like you are just another number. The conversations feel rushed and impersonal. This is a classic sign that this recruiter does not care about you outside of your contract. Drop them like a hot potato.

Honesty is Their First Policy

This is SO important, nurses! You always want to be able to trust your recruiter and the information they are giving you. Make sure all information is disclosed, and all your questions are answered before you sign on that dotted line.

Red Flag: Recruiter promises great things, but never delivers those promises.

Recommended By Other Nurses

A recruiter referral is a great way to know if a travel nurse recruiter is good to work with! Ask other fellow travel nurses if they have any recommendations for awesome recruiters! Chances are the more veteran nurses have had both amazing, and not-so-great experiences, so listen and take notes.

At Nurses PRN we have a $500 referral program. If you know a travel nurse who is looking for opportunities, send them our way and we will take care of them! You’ll get paid while they work.

There you have it! To find an awesome travel nurse recruiter, interview them and check these qualities off your list: knowledgeable, adaptable, you feel comfortable, they’re honest, and they may have been referred by a fellow nurse. With this checklist as a guide, you’ll find an awesome nurse recruiter who will help you land your dream contracts.


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