Quick Connect

Travel Company Information

What Recruiters Look For In A Travel Nurse

As a travel nurse, we expect a recruiter that is honest with a great personality and one who will help us find the perfect assignment for the next thirteen weeks.  We also need to realize that the road between the traveler and the recruiter is one that can be full of potholes or one that is easy as flying down I-80 in the middle of Wyoming.

Just what do recruiters want in a traveling nurse?  Well, this is a question that I recently asked of several recruiters, and here are a few of their replies.

*Someone with a good heart and is looking for a friend and not just a recruiter.

*Someone that the recruiter can believe in and who will be a partner in the business. 

*Someone who is focused on their career and experiencing various opportunities at both small and large facilities in various locations.

*Someone who wants to expand their location beyond their backyard.

*Someone who not only represents themselves well but would represent our company well. 

*Someone who is dedicated enough to work their committed hours fully and comply with paperwork and contractual requirements.

*Someone that has an open mind and willing to team play with their recruiter.

*Someone who is willing to be a flexible person with a great attitude. Attitude is 85% of a good traveler.

*Someone who is willing to extend their contract.

*An “ideal travel nurse” would be someone who is experienced and well skilled in several different modalities, giving them the ability to float.

*Someone who can walk into any hospital and get to work. 

*Flexibility is also very important; they must be flexible with their shift, schedule, and geography. 

*Someone who has great people skills, interacts well with patients and staff and acts like a professional. 

*Someone who is responsive and updates information upon request turns in their timecard in a timely manner, etc. 

*Someone who is a nurse because they love it, they love taking care of people. 

*Someone who you trust and are proud to have to work for you.

*Someone who is knowledgeable about the industry and what is realistic.  I receive a lot of requests that are difficult and sometimes impossible to place. 

*Someone that is honest with a good work ethic.

Now is the time to take an honest look into your career as a traveling nurse.  When you look at yourself in the mirror are these qualities reflected back?

Reading back through the list, I personally think that a nurse’s attitude is one of the greatest ingredients to a successful assignment.  When you get a bad attitude, it reflects in the nurses who are around you.  The other nurses may have bad attitudes because they are “stuck” in that job, but just remember that you can move on in thirteen weeks.  Smile while at the hospital, then go home and curse.

A big thanks to the following recruiters for helping out with this list:  Jack from OneStaff Medical, Greg from Convergence, and Jenny from Aureus Medical.  Look for more of what they say about other aspects of being a recruiter in the book, “Highway Hypodermics:  Travel Nursing 2019”

Question and Comments


Want to know more about this topic? Need something cleared up? Have some additional context for us? Let us know below!

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Latest Posts

General Information

Surviving Those Tough Assignments

Yes, survival is what it is all about. It’s a jungle out there, and a travel nurse must be prepared to tread through the trenches and come out victorious!Come on, there can’t be much difference between surviving in a jungle and surviving a terrible nursing assignment. Here are my eight tips for survival in Travel […]

Kay Slane

Read More
Mental Aspects of Travel Healthcare

The Freedom Of Travel Healthcare

In the travel nursing discussion group, this interesting question cam up about traveling to somewhere the we have always wanted to live. One of the greatest aspects of travel nursing is the fact that we can get a taste of the city without having to buy the whole enchilada.  We can go to New York […]

Kay Slane

Read More
Mental Aspects of Travel Healthcare

Professionalism in Travel Healthcare

A traveler must be professional. As soon as you walk into the hospital and onto your unit, your professionalism is what people see. Do you walk with your head up or down? Professionalism is probably the most critical factor in making or breaking a travel assignment. You have to remember that no one knows you […]

Kay Slane

Read More