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What Employers Should Know About Hiring Travel Nurses

by Lindsay Wilcox

Friendly male nurseBringing travel nurses into your facility can be a cost-effective staffing method when you face a high patient census or are heading into flu season. But how do you know you’re placing a skilled, professional nurse? What does working with a staffing company like RNnetwork require? And how does hiring nurses for temporary positions help you save money?

Here are answers to a few frequently asked questions employers have about travel nursing:

How much does it cost to hire a travel nurse through RNnetwork?

There is no fixed rate for our services, and the exact cost varies based on location and other factors. Once we discuss contract options, pay rates and housing costs, a consultant we will provide you with an exact rate for the specific travel nurse required at your healthcare organization.

Why is it cost-effective to hire a travel nurse through RNnetwork?

Our comprehensive and streamlined staffing services save you hours searching for a nurse to hire and then screening him or  her. We also take care of the credentialing and licensing processes and make sure your nurse has everything he needs to start work on time.

Additionally, overtime expenses for existing staff can often be eliminated. And because travel nurse assignments can be planned and budgeted for in advance, shifts can be scheduled ahead of time.

Why should I hire travel nurses instead of per diem nurses?

Because travel nurses are hired for longer assignments than per diem nurses are, they offer better continuity of care. Travel nurses typically have a broader skill set as well, so they are able to float to other units. RNnetwork pulls from a nationwide pool of nurses to find the ideal nurse for your facility.

How does RNnetwork choose a travel nurse for my facility?

Your RNnetwork representative looks through our database for a nurse that matches your request. Search parameters include years of experience, current state licenses and specialty. After he or she finds a travel nurse candidate who is a good match and interested in your position, we will immediately send you that nurse’s employment profile, references and clinical skills checklist.

Ultimately, you review that nurse’s information and decide whether he or she is a good fit.

How long does it take for RNnetwork to find my facility a travel nurse?

While the hiring process varies during different seasons and in different regions, RNnetwork has successfully placed a nurse within one day of an original interview with a client. We have also hired nurses three months prior to a facility’s required start date. If your request is urgent, we can certainly try to find nurses who are ready to start a new job within a few days.

How much experience do your travel nurses have?

Travel nurses who work with RNnetwork have an average of 10 years of nursing experience. Nearly half have more than 12 years of experience. Because they do have more years of experience than some other travelers, our nurses can work in a variety of locations and settings.

What is a full-time schedule for an RNnetwork travel nurse?

A full-time schedule for a travel nurse is 36 to 40 hours per week. He or she can achieve this through five eight-hour shifts, four 10-hour shifts, or three 12-hour shifts. Additionally, the standard length of travel nursing jobs is 13 weeks.

What is my cost/obligation to RNnetwork once I have signed an agreement?

There is absolutely no cost or obligation to use our services when you sign an agreement with RNnetwork. The advantage to completing your agreement in advance is that we can move more quickly when your need for coverage arises in the future.

Learn more about what you can expect from our travel nurses and consultants when you work with us!

About Lindsay Wilcox

Lindsay Wilcox is a healthcare writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional writing experience. When she's not circling typos, she's enjoying fish tacos and hanging out with her family.

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