Recent news and research has shown that travel nursing is steadily returning to pre-recession levels, which means more and more your hospital will be able to be less choosy and in a more competitive mode to get the best travel nurses. This makes it important for you to make a good impression on them as they arrive and work for you. Word spread fasts in the traveler world about what hospitals are travel nurse friendly. So what can you do?
Well one easy thing to do is simply provide a welcome package for your travelers. This will make them feel more at home and welcomed at the same time. Here are just some ideas for things you could include in a welcome package:
- A gift certificate to a nice local restaurant
- A city coupon book
- Some branded gifts like notepads, t-shirts, ink pens, etc.
- Food from a local vendor
- Put it all in a branded bag
- A traveler version of your hospital orientation handbook
The key is that these do not have to be expensive items and the main goal is to look at using travel nurses as part of your overall nurse hiring strategy, not just as a reaction to unplanned need.