Travel nurses are in high demand and there is no shortage of nurse travel firms to choose from. There are currently over 300 healthcare staffing companies that provide travel nurses in The United States, with the 5 largest accounting for a staggering 51% of the entire market share.
We will begin by identifying the largest organizations in the nurse travel industry by market share, then identifying the highest rated according to social media reviews. After, we will discuss considerations when choosing a firm to work with.
Here is aof the largest nurse travel firms according to market share:
Here is a list of highest ranking nurse travel firms according to a recentof employee satisfaction ratings based on social media reviews:
As you can see the lists are very different. None of the largest firms are on the highest ranking employee satisfaction list. The largest firms make a massive amount of placements and often have a robust infrastructure to support the various aspects of roles and responsibilities. This does not always produce the best employees satisfaction. The firms that score the highest in satisfaction are doing an amazing job in creating a positive experience, often by developing personal relationships with all the team members. However, they can be constrained in their ability to increase in market share due to a limited amount of bandwidth. Both have their advantages.
Here are some considerations when evaluating a nurse travel firm and deciding what works best for you:
Recruiter – A good recruiter is crucial in the overall experience of the travel assignment. They will partner with you through the entire process; including the application, interview, requirements, housing, pay package negotiations, and placement. Recruiters are your first call and should be able to facilitate solutions to any and all challenges you encounter, as well as helping to secure your next contract. Most negative experiences begin with a poor recruiter relationship.
Support – Some firms have a support structure in place to ensure a smooth experience to assist with housing, benefits, timecard submission, and clinical concerns. Occasionally they offer additional perks such as tax guidance and corporate discount programs. At times it may feel like you are alone out there, so it is valuable to have these resources available to you.
Client Relationships – Sometimes it seems like every firm is recruiting for the same jobs, but this is rarely the case. It is important to take into consideration what jobs the company is recruiting for, especially if you are looking to work in a specific hospital or geographic location.
Convenience – Some firms have a streamlined application process and others have a frustrating, fragmented and seemingly never-ending gauntlet of hoops to jump through. Utilization of technology can simplify or complicate this process. Some firms do it better than others.
Stability – As the industry grows, companies are often sold and their names are changed. This can sometimes create confusion and lead to restructuring of the recruitment and support teams. This hard to predict, but posses challenges when it occurs.
Benefits – There is a wide range of benefits being offered in the market and can be difficult to compare. Be aware of what coverage options are offered and how the options affect the overall compensation package.
Pay – Pay packages vary from company to company and even from recruiter to recruiter. Decide what your priorities are in your overall compensation and benefits equations.is a helpful blog dedicated to understanding and negotiating a compensation package.