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!


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.

The Most Important People a Travel Nurse Can Know

Recently, we were asked “Who are the Most Important People for a Travel Nurse to Know.” Although we know there are several that are critical, we immediately knew that the most important one was the recruiter.

When you work for a Travel Company, you don’t actually see the people you are working for and with on a daily basis. You are in a hospital on assignment. Your point of contact with the travel company is your recruiter. So it is critical to your success to get to know your recruiter. The right match for you makes your job easier.

A good recruiter is accessible. When you are calling into your travel company you want to be able to speak with your recruiter – and you want the same recruiter not a new one every time you contact the company. You need to develop a relationship with your recruiter as it is a key for your long-term success. You should make sure that your recruiter understands your career and travel goals.

During the interview and hiring process, you should learn the mission of the travel company and what expectations you need to meet/exceed for their performance expectations. You will go through an in-depth screening and hiring process all of which further cements you in place. At this point, you are on the way to really getting to know and trust your recruiter (this also includes trust in the company and its on-boarding/office team).

Your recruiter will also be honest with you in communicating what the company can and cannot do for you. This includes your rate of pay, tax-free allowances, and bonuses. Make sure your recruiter is presenting you with tax-free allowances that are within government guidelines – you don’t want to end the year owing a lot of taxes. A trustworthy recruiter will make sure that you are properly paid and compensated – they will not shuffle money from your hourly rate to tax-free allowances to make it appear you are making more money.

Your recruiter (or their support team) will supply you with complete benefit information. At Fidelity On Call, we strive to provide our team of elite travel nurses with the best in benefits. Our team members receive affordable insurance with low deductibles, free dental, free life, access to short-term disability and a lot more.

Because you have supplied a complete job history, skills inventory, references and more, your recruiter has the information necessary to present you for assignments that are a skills match and fulfill your travel goals. However, a good recruiter will never submit you for an assignment until he/she has gotten your authorization to do so.

Once you are submitted to a facility for a potential assignment, your recruiter will facilitate a conversation between you and them.

You now meet another important person and that is the Nurse Manager at the hospital. The Nurse Manager will interview you, tell you about the hospital, the floor and their expectations. This phone call provides an excellent opportunity for you to get to know the Nurse Manager and to ask any questions you may have.

Once the facility has accepted you and you are working there, you will continue to develop this relationship along with the many friendships you will form as you work for the next 13 weeks in their hospital.

However, your relationship with your recruiter doesn’t “pause” when your assignment starts. If you have a concern regarding the facility or the company, you will contact your recruiter. If it is an after-hours emergency (legitimate), your recruiter should still be available for you. Furthermore, your recruiter will also let you know if you are the issue. For instance, you are at a facility that is working short – you knew this before you were assigned and were told the nurse/patient ratio – but now it is an issue for you. A good recruiter – one who truly knows you – will be able to counsel you on how to appropriately handle this or any issue.

Before your assignment nears completion, your recruiter will be contacting you with your next travel opportunity. From the start of your travel career until the day you decide to seek another opportunity or retire, your recruiter is truly the most important person you can know.