This can be dependent on the company’s size and the number of candidates in their pool, but travel nursing companies normally should be able to provide you with nurse staff for almost all specialties and sub-specialties.
Of course they will face similar challenges to you when it comes to harder to find specialists, but the thing to keep in mind is that travel nursing companies are in the business of candidates. So good ones will always be trying to grow the number of candidates they talk to so that when your needs arise they will have the candidate to match as quickly as possible.
When you are talking to new travel nursing companies make sure you ask them for a breakdown of the different types of nurses they have in their database. This should be an important factor in how you determine which company to go with. You may find that it is a big inconvenience to settle on a company only to find that they have low numbers of nurses in specialties that your hospital needs most.
They should also be able to supply your hospital with nurses that are comfortable and qualified to work in many different settings and hospital sizes. Even the size of your city may play a role in how comfortable they are.
Although most companies will pay for a new state license for their travel nurses, it can still be a time consuming process so it is also helpful to find out how many nurses they have in their databases that are actually licensed to work in your state and/or have in interest in doing so.
Basically, remember to ask these two questions to get a feel for what kind nurse staff a travel nursing company will be able to provide:
- Can you send me a breakdown of the number of nurses in your database by state license and interest?
- Can you send me a breakdown of the number of nurses in your databse by specialty?