Recently, I asked recruiters what they would do in these situations.  This is Ron from Stat Staff Professional’s answers.  He has been a recruiter for 1 year at Stat Staff Professionals.

  1. In a large metropolitan area, Nurse Floating Flo contracts to float between three hospitals within a 10 mile radius of her housing. Starting in the 6th week, the company ask her to float to a hospital 15 miles away, the 7th week she goes to one on the other side of the city, that is 30 miles away, plus one that is 17 miles away. The nurse is willing to take the first few, but after the behavior continues, she has had enough and voices this to her recruiter.  I would have before this contract even started stated very clearly what this kind of float position is like.  I always explain things so people understand and try to give a nurse every option so they are prepared for every situation.

  2. Baby Nurse Betty is a skilled labor and delivery nurse, who also can float to post-partum care after the delivery as well as the well-newborn nursery. At 7:30pm, the staffing company hotline gets a call stating that they want her to float to the NICU, which is beyond her competency level. What is your company’s response?  I always have to look out for whats in the best interest of my nurses.  If a situation arises in which they can’t handle what is being asked of them because they have never been trained in that area, then i have to tell my account manager that the facility is asking for too much.

  3. Nurse Roach is all excited about her first travel nursing assignment. She drives 750 miles to her new assignment housing. After getting the keys from management, she opens the door and three cockroaches scurry across the floor. After further investigation, she also finds a ring of mold in the shower. She can’t stand it and immediately texts you with pictures. How do you respond?  I would immediately get together with our offices housing committee and come up with a solution to the problem immediately by finding her a new place.

  4. You have worked with Nurse Asthmatic for 3 years now and she has done a great job for you, when she takes an assignment in Southeast Colorado. She envisions magic mountains that reach to the sky, only to find that she has landed in wheat country. Not wanting to cause problems she continues to work and everything is fine, until harvest. She has an asthma attack, ends up in the hospital, and is told that she is going to miss at least 2 weeks of work related to asthma induced pneumonia. How do you work things out?  Well you cant work when your sick like that so we simply have to work it out with the facility.  We would never allow any harm to our nurses so getting yourself taken care of would be the main responsibility.  After that WE will take care of the missing nurse. No worries for our RN’s 

  5. You have worked hard to find Nurse Roulette a job in Las Vegas. You send the nurse a contract that she readily accepts, signs, and sends back. The next morning the bags are packed and Nurse Roulette is on the way to the assignment of her dreams. At 0800 she is out the door and to the hospital. Checking in with HR, they inform her that there is no contract between the hospital and the company, related to the fact that it has not been approved by HR. About the same time, the recruiting manager comes to you and tells you not to send Nurse Roulette on the assignment. This shouldn’t have happened, but unfortunately it does happen. What do you do?  That would never happen working for Stat Staff because every contract that every nurse works has a written binding contract.  Any recruiter that would send you to an assignment and not have a deal locked down is slimy and not someone you want to do business with. 

  6. Is there anything else you would like nurses to know?  The best advice would be to be open-minded and organized.  Also remember that when you are traveling the credentials are essential to have them ready to be copied and to make the travel experience fast and efficient. 

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If you are interested in working with Ron from Stat Staff, you can email him at: 

rmumblo@ statstaffpro.com

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