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With nursing shortages expected to leave 800,000 positions empty by 2020, travel nurses will find a warm reception wherever they go. With numbers like these, many healthcare professionals can write their own ticket in terms of choosing a travel nursing agency. But before you make a choice that could impact your travel nursing experience for years to come, you should know what to look for. This guide can help you ask the right questions before you hit the open road.

Do You Have A Housing Department? Housing departments handle finding accommodations for travel nurses while they are on assignment. With short-term leases, candidates are not responsible for finding housing that will accept a short-term tenant. And a dedicated housing department shows a commitment to safety, protecting traveling nurses from staying in unsafe places while working.

Do You Provide Insurance? In the medical profession, insurance is important. From liability to malpractice protection, medical professionals have to be covered while working. That is why the best travel nursing agencies will protect healthcare travelers with general liability, malpractice, and worker’s compensation insurance so they never have to worry. They can simply help people as they always would without fear of unforeseen circumstances.

How Experienced Are Your Recruiters? Getting the right kind of assignment for your specialty or interest can be critical to your success at a new assignment, and can help you want to get up for work every day. An experienced recruiter will know just where to look to help you find the assignment you have been looking for. A good recruiter should treat you like a guidance counselor at first, listening to your goals and aspirations for the position. Once your recruiter has a vision of what you want, he or she should be able to recommend the best course of action for achieving that goal and help steer you in the right direction. Don’t partner with a recruiter that treats you like a number. Know all the facts before going on any assignment: the good, the bad and the ugly.

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