What skills or competencies do healthcare staffing companies require for travel RNs?

The reputation of healthcare staffing companies with their clients hospitals is dependent on a lot of factors, but none is more important than the quality of nurses and allied health professionals they provide. Which is why most of them will go through great lengths to ensure that the travel nursing candidates they submit are not …

What types of nurse staffing do travel nursing companies provide?

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 …

Whose job is it to provide a temporary healthcare professional with housing?

This is something you do not have to worry about if you are considering using travelers at your hospital. Housing is something that the healthcare staffing company you are working with should definitely take care of. They usually have a housing department that handles finding their travel healthcare professionals suitable housing and furnishing it, which …

Can a hospital extend a temporary travel nursing assignment?

Ideally of course you would like to fill your open nursing position with a permanent nurse or have a staffing plan in place that lets you know in advance when you are going to need temporary staff to supplement your full time staff. However, if neither of those are the case, then yes most healthcare staffing …

Why would a healthcare professional want to work on a temporary basis?

There is a misconception out there at times that a nurse may be interested in travel assignments because she could not cut it in a permanent position. In reality, not only has research shown that temporary nurses are as qualified if not more so than permanent nurses, but there are also other reasons they may be interested in a temporary …

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 …

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 …

Demystifying healthcare staffing: When should my hospital or facility consider temporary staffing?

Using temporary healthcare staffing is a great strategy anytime your hospital, skilled nursing facility or other healthcare facility is faced with a need that is either difficult to fill or is just short-term in nature, like a maternity leave for instance. In situations like this you can turn to healthcare staffing companies that provide temporary or travel nurses, travel therapists or techs. You can also look to Per Diem staffing agencies if the needs are very short-term.