What to Look for When Working with a Travel Staffing Agency

It can be often difficult finding a quality healthcare staffing agency to hire. You need to trust the company is sending you qualified healthcare staff that integrates well with your hospital. Here are some things to look for when working with a healthcare staffing agency: Experience-One important factor to consider is how long the agency …

What is your hospital doing to keep nurses happy?

With the current nurse shortage, it’s no surprise that hospitals should be doing all they can to keep their nurses happy. Maintaining an environment where the nurse wants to work is critical for not only nurse retention, but also patient quality. The overall stress accompanied by an uncomfortable and disrespectful work environment can send nurses …

A good nurse job description is the main ingredient in finding the perfect match

If you are using a Vendor Management System (VMS) to manage your nurse staffing needs don’t forget one of the main ingredients in hiring qualified nurses, finding the perfect (or as close as you can get) match. When working with a VMS this can be difficult because you are most likely dealing with the need to …

How to avoid being oversold on a travel nurse

One common complaint that hospitals tend to have with travel nursing companies is the “salesman” approach. What does that mean? It is what occurs when a travel nursing recruiter or client manager over-promises on a nurse’s fit for the position and the nurse does not live up to the expectations. Unfortunately, once this happens with one …

How nurse managers can improve a hospital's use of travel nurses

You are used to giving feedback to your full-time nurse staff, but how often are you giving your travel nurses or travel nursing companies feedback? If you already do, that is great, but if not, it may be something you should look at instituting at your hospital. There are benefits for all three if you do. Benefit …

Evaluating a Healthcare Staffing Company's Cost

Of course no evaluation of healthcare staffing companies would be complete without a look at cost. However, we have saved cost for last because it is really a combination of the first two factors the quality of the candidate and the system of its delivery. Obviously cost is a complicated and may be more than …

Evaluating a Company's Nursing and Allied Health Candidates

The quality and quantity of nursing and allied health candidates that a staffing company provide is really the core of their business and is one of the main reasons you should be considering working with a staffing company in the first place. There are four key components to this: Nursing and Allied Health Candidate Pool Size, Recruiting …

Why should I use one company over another to meet my healthcare staffing needs?

There are a lot of factors to look at when it comes to determining what travel nursing company you think will meet the needs of your hospital best. We looked at these partially earlier in two posts, one about evaluate the healthcare staffing vendors and another about  healthcare staffing providers financially stability, but now we will take …