Just ask Amy Morgan*, a recent nursing graduate who answered the alluring call of one of the many online staffing companies at a nursing job board. Told she would enjoy superior working conditions and a gorgeous, spacious apartment, Amy eagerly signed up for what sounded like a dream-come-true assignment.
“The recruiter [from the posting company] told me she’d put me on the nursing fast track,” she recalls. “We had a great rapport immediately, and she bragged about the company’s prompt payment policy.” Upon placement, though, she discovered a very different reality. “The gorgeous ocean-view apartment was small, dark and in an unsafe neighborhood, and my roommate’s boyfriend was a permanent fixture. My assignment required longer hours than expected among a stretched staff caught in the middle of a management power struggle. Plus, getting paid on time by the staffing company was like pulling teeth. I certainly didn’t feel that I was on any ‘fast track,’” she sadly remembers.
Disappointment turned to anger when she contacted her staffing company. After several attempts to reach the recruiter who placed her, she was finally told the recruiter didn’t handle candidates post-placement. She calmly explained her situation to a customer service agent. “They told me I could request a new assignment—after I completed this one.” Amy was stuck for ten weeks. “I was completely miserable.”
Unfortunately, Amy’s experience isn’t uncommon. Many nursing travelers—especially those new to traveling—succumb to the undeniable appeal of job boards. Well-positioned in search rankings and full of inviting opportunities in exciting locales, the new wave of nursing job boards lure travelers from all ages and experience levels.
To safely and successfully use these boards, it’s important to do a little investigative work before signing up for placement. What these job boards will tell you is far less important than what they won’t. Here, we offer key details that many job boards don’t always disclose—and why you should be concerned.
Travel nursing can be an enriching, rewarding and exciting career. It can be equally fun to click through and discover new job boards flush with opportunities, yet it’s also important to do some homework and carefully evaluate each job board in order to enjoy a safe and successful career.
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