Travel Nurse Stories: What Made You Switch to Travel?

Our Travel Nurse Stories series continues…

For this segment, we asked some members of our elite team of travel nurses what made them consider switching to travel vs working directly at a hospital? Here are their responses.

Charis says that while she enjoyed being in the float pool at the hospital, she didn’t always like that level of chaos. Traveling provides her the same opportunity of having lots of different experiences without the constant change.

Clayton says frustration over not being allowed to use his paid vacation days at a hospital pushed him to make the switch to travel nursing.

In this story, Dana says she wasn’t getting compensated for all the extra hours she was working while in management, and found the pay to be better through our agency.

Grace was 2 years in to working at a hospital and thought she needed more years of experience to move to traveling. Her interview with Fidelity On Call, made her realize she was very capable and gave her the confidence to make the change.

In this story, Holly says when she was working for a facility as a staff nurse, they were low census for several months and kept getting sent home. So it was very attractive to her to have guaranteed hours and not have to worry about getting called off.

Sue tells Carla that working for Fidelity On Call gives her the opportunity to learn new things, meet new people, and have new experiences.

In this story, Tyler says he knew he had a skill set that he could provide to other hospitals, and traveling allowed him to share his knowledge.

Check back as we’ll be adding more nurse stories to this page.

What’s The Difference?

We are often asked, “What’s the difference when I work for Fidelity On Call vs. staying at the hospital?” Here is a quick glance that highlights some of these differences.

Working Directly at Hospital

Your shifts are posted. If the census goes low enough, you could be called off or laid off.
You become involved in the politics of the facility.
You take the job home with you.
You have to ask for time off and all vacations.
You don’t have the freedom to choose.
You could be on the same floor forever.

Working for Fidelity On Call

You have freedom and flexibility to choose the hospital you work at.
You leave at the end of the day knowing you made a difference in the lives of so many people.
You can leave the politics at the facility and not take them home.
You are guaranteed hours – you can’t be called off and you know when your contract ends.
You are never alone on an assignment – we are standing firmly with you and have your back.
You meet new people . . . make new friends.
You are part of a highly respected, elite team of nurses.
You continue to grow your nursing skills.
You can take time off between assignments for vacations or personal business.
You make more money.
You receive a tax-free allowances and bonuses.
You have excellent benefits.

If you have questions or are thinking about changing career paths, call us or message us today!


The Elite Team Takes On COVID-19

When the COVID-19 crisis swept across our country, our company was greatly affected. The first thing that gripped our customers was the fear of not having enough nurses to handle the crisis. They were, of course, being told that all their hospital beds would be filled with patients who were deathly ill. And, they needed more nurses to handle the load. We immediately began filling orders.

The next “wave” of fear hit our nurses. Many called to ask what would happen to them and their families if they were to contract COVID-19. They were, rightfully so, worried about losing their income. Our company addressed this by letting them know, if they contracted the virus while on duty, they would continue to be paid.

As our nurses cared for patients, there was a profound sense of the unknown. We had many nurses who were assigned to hospitals that were overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients. However, not one of them contracted the virus. Thankfully, as this is written, we have returned to some semblance of normal. Throughout it, our team stayed strong.

Nursing is a calling. And, the right nurse makes all the difference. As we corresponded back and forth with our nurses, we had a note come from one of them that impacted us in a way that will stay with us forever. It read:

I know what I signed up for. I took an oath. We do not choose some of the battles that are thrust upon us in this life. We only choose how we respond. This moment will not belong to this virus. Nurses will master this crisis and prevail in this fight. This moment belongs to us.

Fidelity On Call always works hard to hire the right people. We repeatedly talk about how we are the “elite team.” Our customer comments show that our nurses are top notch. But, when you see what drives this team, you know you can trust your life to them. We truly love and appreciate our Elite Team!

Travel Nurse Stories: Did it Take a While to Make the Switch?

We asked some of the members of our elite team of travel nurses if it took them a while to make the decision to switch to travel nursing, and if so, what kept them from making the move sooner?

In this story, Xavier says loyalty to the facility he worked at and the families they serve, kept him from making the switch. But the ability to bring a positive and uplifting attitude to more patients and employers helped him decide to become a traveler.

Did you take a while to make the decision to switch to travel nursing? What kept you from making the move earlier? In this story, Clayton says the comfort of familiarity kept him from making the switch, but a situation where he didn’t get his vacation earned, prompted him to make a change.

In this story, Holly says she waited because she thought it would be too hard to jump in. But she’s learned through many contracts, that’s not the case.

In this story, Sue says she’d left the hospital to work in a group home, but missed the action. Traveling allows her to help people when they’re at their most vulnerable.

In this story, Tyler says the fear of change and questions about how it would impact his family held him back, but after several conversations with Kellie, he felt confident in deciding to switch.

In this story, Charis says she asked a travel nurse about the ins and outs of traveling and jumped right in!

Learn more about joining the elite team at Fidelity On Call by calling (309) 691-1500.

Travel Nurse Stories: Direct or Through an Agency?

Do travel nurses prefer to work direct for a hospital, or for an agency like Fidelity On Call? We asked some of our nurses…

In this story, Lonna tells Kellie that one of the differences is having that extra person who has your back.

In this story, Tyler shares some of the differences, including being able to be flexed to whatever hospital location is needing some help.

In this story, Charis says a substantial difference for her is having our team as an extra resource for support.

In this story, Grace tells Sara about some differences for her including being able to avoid toxic environments, and truly being able to feel the pride that comes with being a nurse.

In this story, Sue tells Carla the differences that mean the most to her, including not having to be involved with the politics, so she can focus on her patient’s care.

In this story, Xavier tells Sara one of the big differences for him is getting a chance to practice a lot of different skills.

In this story, Holly says she often hears hospital employees complain about meetings, which she gets to skip as a contract nurse!

In this story, Clayton says that for him, being a traveler is stress free from a financial standpoint.

Learn more about joining the elite team at Fidelity On Call by calling (309) 691-1500.