New travel nurses often ask if they should (or shouldn’t) work with multiple travel nurse recruiters. The short answer is simply …. yes.
Okay, so which travel nursing staffing agency is the best to work with? Well, that depends on you and what you’re searching for. Travel nurse staffing agencies are as unique as the nurses and hospitals they staff for. Best practice for the traveler is to work with multiple travel nurse recruiters from more than one staffing agency. Unless you have zero preference on where you work and how much you make (yeah … right) it’s best to broaden the net.
The short answer is all of the above. Here’s why you should consider working with any and all of them:
There are some agencies out there that will tell you to only work with them because they have access to all of the travel nursing jobs that are available. This is simply not true. So let’s break down how it works:
Being large, medium or small doesn’t change the fact each agency has a different set of opportunities. If a recruiter tells you they have access to all of the jobs available, pay close attention as that’s a big red flag that they may be a bad actor. It’s also important to note that travel nursing agencies operate off different profit margins. So, actively working with multiple will help you keep an eye out for a better rate.
Many travel nurses stick with one recruiter because it can be time consuming to manage and maintain profiles with multiple staffing agencies. It feels like double charting, and we hate double charting.
If you’re organized, with your professional portfolio locked and loaded, you can quickly move through the application and onboarding process. Allowing an agency to quickly submit you for that perfect contract.
Using Kamana as a digital wallet for your professional portfolio allows you to maintain one profile with multiple agencies. When presented with that new perfect opportunity, having a Kamana profile means you can simply pull out your phone and share everything your staffing agency needs to get you at the front of the line. Speed to submittal is everything in this market. Don’t let yourself be skipped by another candidate just because they are better prepared.
If you choose to work with multiple travel nurse recruiters, just be transparent and professional. Recruiters spend many hours finding and connecting nurses with facility needs. When you’re open about working with other agencies, organized with your documentation, and clear with your communication – it will allow them (and you) to quickly identify if they have a match.
This is where Kamana comes in. Travel nurses and allied health professionals sign up for Kamana to store, manage, and share credentials, professional history, and job preferences with employers. Here is a sample Kamana RN profile.