You Be the Judge: What Makes a Great Travel Nurse?

Can you spot talent in other nurses? If so, a travel nurse referral to NursesRx can work in your favor.

By Melissa Wirkus Hagstrom, contributor

From clinical knowledge to a pleasant, professional demeanor, there are many qualities that an excellent travel nurse should possess. Recognizing these qualities in yourself could start you on an exciting travel RN career--and recognizing these qualities in another nurse could earn you a referral bonus.

NursesRx Referral Program

“A great travel nurse is someone who is a go-getter and adaptive to change,” explained Ellen Lavin, recruitment manager with NursesRx, an AMN Healthcare company. “The best nurses have a thirst for adventure, both career-wise and personally.”

We all know the old saying that “birds of a feather flock together,” and it turns out that the same holds true for great nurses. For nurses who have built a solid network of talented professional contacts, NursesRx is offering an updated travel nurse referral program that allows you to easily get rewarded--using social media, email or simple, everyday technology.

“We want to make it easy for our nurses to refer a friend or co-worker to travel nursing,” Lavin said. “Nurses can just go online and fill-out their name and email and they will be enrolled in the referral program.”

Once you create an account, your referral profile gives you access to easy share-and-earn tools to refer your network of nurses directly, send emails and use social media including Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to earn cash. Each time someone clicks that link, you’ll be recognized. And, when they sign up and complete an assignment, you'll get paid--up to $1,000 per referral.

“It just makes it really easy for people to spread the word if they are enjoying traveling and get their friends and co-workers involved,” she said.

Nurses who prefer to network person-to-person can submit nurse referrals by calling their recruiter directly, as well.

Regardless of how a referral is submitted, Lavin explained that the bonus amount is based on the specialty of the health care professional who is referred. Referral bonuses are paid after the referred nurse finishes the assignment, and they must be new applicants to be eligible for the program.

It’s a great time to be a travel nurse--or refer a travel nurse--since “almost every specialty is in demand right now,” Lavin explained.

“ICU is huge right now, med–surg is booming and we’ve got a lot of labor and delivery positions. California is also full of opportunity right now,” she continued, adding, “For anyone who is interested in going to California, we now have the ability to assist them with getting their license really quickly; travelers should jump on the opportunity.”

Whether you are referring a nurse or setting out on a brand new travel adventure yourself, it is important to keep an open mind about assignment opportunities.

‘Someone who is going to be open to different locations is going to make the job placement experience a lot easier and quicker,” Lavin said. “If you are open to different areas and locations, we can send your application out for more than one position and the likelihood of getting a call back might be sooner than just sending you out for one.”

“Qualified nurses who are open to different opportunities make great candidates--and we have tons of positions open all over the country,” she concluded.

Ready to refer a great travel nurse? Sign up for the NursesRx Referral Program today! Or conduct a job search of your own.

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