If not, it is something you should consider. Keeping an active list of the travelers your hospital has used can help you bring back travelers that were stars, instead of having to find and work with new ones that you are unfamiliar with.
You will also speed up the amount of time you spend evaluating profiles and interviewing potential new candidates.
Additionally by working with travelers that have worked at your facility in the past and that you and your permanent nurses are familiar with can reduce a lot of the challenges that nurse managers and HR managers have in working with travelers, including:
- Their unfamiliarity with your hospital’s policy and procedures
- The amount of time it takes to get a traveler up to speed
- Not knowing what you are going to get out of the traveler
The spreadsheet does not have to be anything fancy, but should include some basic items:
- Traveler’s Name
- Years of Experience
- Dates they Worked
- A Rating of their Performance
- The Travel Nursing Company they worked for and your contact there
- A special notes section about their performance
- A notes section for yourself to note personal things you may want to remember about them when they come back – this can help you make them feel more at home when they come back if for instance you remembered their kids’ names or what their hometown is.
Another benefit of keeping track of the travelers you work with is that over time you will be able to see any trends that develop. Not only about which travel nursing companies send you the travelers that fit into your hospital the best, but you will also be able to see what kind of travelers seem to perform best in your culture. This would be helpful if you ever need to hire a new travel nurse who will be new to your hospital you will have some extra information to provide your travel nursing vendor to help them find the right candidate for you.
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