Every travel nurse agency is different in some way. The perks and benefits vary. They have different organizational structures and operating costs. Company values span a wide range. Every agency does not have relationships with all hospitals and healthcare facilities in the country, making working with two travel nurse companies or more than one recruiter make sense.
Working with more than one travel nurse company generally:
- Increases the number of assignments available to you
- Ensures that you’ll be able to land a job quickly should a contract be cancelled unexpectedly
- Enhances your bargaining position
While these benefits may have you eager to contact multiple companies, there are some things to be aware of. Recruiters talk and most have relationships with recruiters at other companies—and with hospital HR departments and other facility contacts. There’s a decent chance they will know if you’re working with another company. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, working with multiple recruiters could result in accidental duplicate submissions, This is where multiple recruiters can have negative consequences.
When submitted to a facility by more than one agency, a travel nurse may be removed from consideration. In other cases, the hospital may have a policy that requires the traveler to work with the first agency that submitted them for the position, regardless of whom the nurse actually prefers. To make what could be a tricky situation much easier, consider the following.
1. Work with trustworthy, reputable recruiters.
If you work with honest recruiters, they will understand they may not always be able to offer the best compensation package on every assignment—or that they may not be able to get you to your dream destination—when ABC Company can. They may be disappointed if you take an assignment with a different agency, they won’t hold it against you, and will still do their best to find you that ideal job next time. This honesty will build a strong nurse-recruiter relationship in the future.
2. Practice honest communication.
Honesty is key on both sides. Your recruiter is likely to find out that you are working with another company, regardless of whether that information comes from you or elsewhere. Give all your recruiters the courtesy of full disclosure when it comes to finding a new assignment. If another agency has submitted your resume, let the second recruiter know. This will save time for both of you. They’ll likely be even more motivated to land you that perfect job you’ve been hoping for.
3. Know which facilities.
In most cases, a recruiter will tell you which facility they are submitting you to when an assignment that checks all your boxes comes up. However, for some recruiters, their inclination may be to submit now and inform later. To avoid this scenario, ask them to contact you first, every time, just in case another recruiter has already submitted you for that position. Respond to messages quickly.
The team at Tailored Healthcare Staffing understands that you need to choose the best travel nursing company for you. We encourage you to be honest with recruiters and hope that, over time, you are able to build strong, professional nurse-recruiter relationships. Doing so will help you to focus on being the best Super Nurse possible!