Recently, I asked recruiters what they would do in these situations.  This is Thea’s answers.  She has been a recruiter for 2 years with the less than a year at Fusion Medical Staffing.

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.

This is something that should have been discussed with the candidate prior to submitting them. If the agency is not familiar with the hospital system, they should have been upfront with the traveler and coached them to discuss this in the interview. RECRUITERS NEED TO BE UPFRONT AND PROACTIVE!!!

Baby Nurse Betty is a skilled labor and delivery nurse, who also can float to postpartum 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? 

This is beyond the RN’s competency level. It is in the best interest of the RN, patient and facility to find a RN that has recent NICU experience. I can see if the RN is willing to do some training first than float to NICU for future help in the NICU!

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?

Call the traveler immediately. Try to find a hotel that they can stay in until further action are taken or another apt. is found.

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?

You need to talk with the traveler and see what they are most comfortable with.

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?

I have never had this happen!!! These are major details that should not be missed.

What would you like travel nurses to know about being a great traveling nurse and making your job easier?

Open and honest communication about EVERYTHING makes everyone life easier. You and I both don’t always like the truth but would rather be told the truth than a lie. Lie’s never so good!!!


Highway Line

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