There are several paths to becoming a travel nurse. As a traveler, you’re filling staffing needs for hospitals across the country over a specific period. Nurses may be offered short-term or long-term contracts between 8 and 26 weeks. However, the most common contract is 13 weeks. To be eligible, you may have to fulfill several requirements, depending upon the facility. Initial eligibility means you need to be a registered nurse to become a travel nurse, but additional training or education is often not required. However, the more education and certifications you have, the more marketable and desirable you become to facilities.
Although much of this information can be gleaned from your travel nurse recruiter, you may be looking for places to find resources from travel nurses who can speak from immediate experience. Communicating and interacting with other travel nurses in Facebook groups is a simple and resourceful way of getting the information you might be looking for. For instance, you might be interested in learning the ins-and-outs of working with a staffing agency or may want the inside scoop on working with a recruiter or hospital. Although much of this information can be gathered by interacting with people on a Facebook group, there are several unwritten rules you might want to follow in order to improve the odds your conversation will not negatively affect your job prospects.
Ask questions without putting someone else down or creating drama within the group. These Facebook groups are open, and your potential employer may just be one of the members. In today’s climate, many hiring managers are looking through social media profiles of their prospective candidates to determine if they have been communicating in a way that does not fit with the company culture. While Facebook groups are a great way of getting information, they are also an important way of networking and helping others to understand who you are.
The same thing holds true for any images or logos you post. Don’t jeopardize yourself or others by posting images that are less than flattering. Roasting others, telling bad jokes or asking inappropriate questions is not the way to make friends and influence people.
On the other hand, the information you get from other travel nurses on Facebook groups may be just what you need to decide about whether or not to become a traveling nurse or which hospital position you want to take. Other travel nurses can offer their advice on what certifications seem to make them more desirable to hospitals or which areas of the country are the best to work in. If you’re traveling to a city you’ve never been to, you may be able to get inside information on the best travel routes, the areas to steer clear of or the best housing situation to ask for.
In addition to geographical information and resources, travel nurses who participate in Facebook groups often have extensive experience in packing and moving. If you’re not sure about how to pack your clothes in the least amount of space (rolling is always better!), your Facebook friends may be able to help.
If you don’t have a lot of experience in moving from place to place or starting a new job, Facebook groups can help you with the initial politics that always goes on in a new facility. Learning how to feel your way around may help you avoid an uncomfortable situation.
At Amare Medical Staffing, it’s our job to make your job easier. If you have questions, we can help you get the right answers. Contact our recruiters today and discover the advantages of working with Amare.