January 20, 2013

Your Work History

In Travel Nursing…Maintaining Positive References is Important

The economy is beginning to improve and the number of travel nursing jobs is increasing. This means more nurses will be seeking travel nursing assignments in the near future.

If you are already on a travel assignment that will be ending soon, before you leave remember to acquire one of the most important parts of your resume – a commitment from your supervisors to give positive evaluations when your travel staffing agency contacts the facility to verify your references.

Ensuring your references are positive and verifiable by your staffing firm will be especially helpful in expediting your future profile submissions to a facility. With increased competition for travel jobs, any delay could cause you to lose the assignment you desire. You can avoid delays by always getting commitments for evaluations from your supervisor(s) before you leave the assignment. You will need two references from two separate supervisors for your resume.

As Steven Covey explains in his book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, you should always begin with the end in mind. Maintaining good relationships with your supervisors and acquiring current, positive evaluations will be essential in securing your future travel nursing assignments. So, before you begin a travel nursing assignment think about how you want your supervisor to evaluate you in the following areas after the assignment is complete, then conduct yourself accordingly during the assignment:

  • Your clinical skills, competence, and proficiency
  • Your dependability as shown by your attendance and punctuality
  • Your attitude in terms of flexibility, teamwork, and your willingness to put in extra hours if needed

There are several things to keep in mind regarding references:

  • References must be from your direct supervisors, not your co-workers.
  • You need to record the complete name of your supervisor, their title, telephone number (indicate if it is a personal cell phone), shift worked, unit and floor.
  • You will be asked to provide the name of the facility, City, and State.
  • Your travel nursing agency will want to know the first and last day of your last assignment.
  • Most importantly, let your supervisor know your staffing agency will be calling and you’re counting on them to give a reference for you. If they expect it, they will be more likely to take or return our call and provide the reference.

Remember, if you follow these suggestions and secure your references before leaving each assignment, you’ll maintain professional evaluations that will highlight your outstanding performance and you will really stand out when your profile is presented to facilities. Your excellent references will make it easy for them to see that you are the best choice for their travel nursing assignment.