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Choosing the Perfect Healthcare Recruiter

Choosing the Perfect Healthcare Recruiter

There are many different travel nursing agencies out there, and even more healthcare recruiters with an array of personalities. It is important to mesh well with your recruiter. Finding a recruiter that you have a great relationship with is key to a successful travel nursing career.

Let’s start with some basic traits that everyone would want in someone they work with. We need to find someone who:

  • Has your best interest in mind
  • Great communication skills
  • Knowledgeable
  • Responsive
  • Honest and trustworthy

Now that we have a baseline of what we are looking for… how do we find the right person who has all these qualities?

You have options. The market is hot and healthcare recruiters are on the hunt for you, so be picky! When speaking with a potential long-time recruiter, here are a few tips and tricks to discover if the recruiter you are working with is a great fit for you.

Ask them a few questions. When on the phone with a recruiter who has a position you are interested in, ask them a few questions like, “Name a time when you went to bat for one of your healthcare professionals”, or “What are some qualities that make you stand out as opposed to other recruiters who have contacted me?”. That way, you can get a better read of their personality and professionalism. 

Note their response time. We all know it is unrealistic to have a recruiter who can give you full attention all day every day, but it is key to find a recruiter that won’t ghost you for days on end. A great recruiter will make sure to get you answers in a timely manner.

Do they treat you like a person…. or just another number? “How was your weekend?”, “I noticed you worked a ton of hours last week! Are you making sure to take time to rest and recoup?”, “How was your daughter’s birthday party this weekend?” Many travelers prefer to have a recruiter who cares about their personal life. It not only creates a stronger bond between the recruiter and traveler, but it opens a wider door for trust and open communication.

Make sure your needs aren’t thrown to the back burner. Recruiters are working with other healthcare professionals at the same time as you, but that is no excuse for your needs to be thrown out the window. Your recruiter should be on the same page as you with certain deadlines, your contract timeline, and the needs you have when looking for new assignments.

Check out some awesome reviews our recruiters have received from their travelers!

Top Tips For New Travel Nurses to Have a Successful First Assignment!

Top Tips For New Travel Nurses to Have a Successful First Assignment!

So you want to make the jump into travel nursing, but you want some tips to soften your landing…. No problem! MedUS is here to help. Here are some tips for first-time travelers:

Preparation and organization are essential. As a traveler, there are specific requirements for certain states, jobs, hospitals, etc.. Make sure your licenses and vaccinations are up to date. That way, these don’t pop up as inconveniences during your job search. Keeping your resume updated is critical, too. You are being submitted for a job, so an up-to-date, clean resume is key.

Weigh the pros and cons of your housing options. When traveling, you need to look at the options available to you for housing. Hotel? AirBnB? Staying with a friend or maybe that long-distance cousin? There are many different websites that can assist you when looking for housing, such as Furnished Finder.

Create a relationship with your recruiter. A great recruiter always wants the best for you. Be open with your recruiter about your requests and nonnegotiables when it comes to your assignment. This way, your recruiter knows exactly what you’re looking for and can find the best assignment for you. Hey, you may even make a good friend, too!

Learn your surroundings. Most assignments are 13 weeks. That is a long time to be in an unfamiliar spot. Arriving a few days early for your first assignment can be a great opportunity, allowing you to take the time to get to know the area and explore the town. Learn where important spots are, maybe the closest grocery store, or the nearest gas station to the hospital.

There is no such thing as too many questions, and there’s no such thing as a bad question. It’s your first time traveling, so of course, you’re going to have questions! Your recruiter wants you to be informed and know everything going on in the process, so ask them! Have questions for other travelers? There are many different forums, blogs, and groups online for travelers to connect with other travelers.

Don’t close yourself off from opportunities. “Stay committed to your decisions, but flexible in your approach.” In the world of travel nursing, it is important to stay flexible. Pick and choose your negotiables when it comes to looking for an assignment. A closed mind in the travel nursing world can close you off from some great potential opportunities!

Make friends, stay positive, and have FUN! You have a reason you’re choosing to travel, whether it be the money, the traveling, or the opportunity to get out of your comfort zone. Whatever it may be, make it your reason to give your assignment your all. Invite that friendly staff RN you click with to that Mexican restaurant down the street for a margarita post-shift! The more you indulge yourself in your assignment, the happier you’ll be!

MedUS Wins Best Places to Work Award

MedUS Wins Best Places to Work Award

MedUS Healthcare was recently honored with the Best Places to Work award by the Cincinnati Business Courier, and we couldn’t be more excited! The Cincinnati Business Courier recognizes companies that create an outstanding culture and place emphasis on the well-being of employees, where they feel motivated to perform at their best and have fun at the same time. MedUS won first place in the small company category of the Business Courier’s annual survey of the Best Places to Work in 2022. The award was announced on September 13 at their annual Best Places to Work awards ceremony at TQL Stadium in downtown Cincinnati. We value this recognition greatly, and we couldn’t have done it without our fantastic employees!

Click here to read the article posted about our company!

Debbie’s Alaska Adventure

Debbie’s Alaska Adventure

One of our travelers, Debbie M., was on an assignment in Alaska. Here is a little peek into her travel experience in Sitka, AK….

“I have been in Sitka, Alaska now for two months and it’s the best thing I’ve ever done regarding my career. I know!!! ALASKA FOR MY FIRST TRAVEL ASSIGNMENT, RIGHT? I’m 64 years old and in December I decided to quit my full-time job and become a travel RT. Fortunately, I was lucky enough to get the best recruiter anyone could hope for, Bethany Evans. I mean, gosh, there are so many bad stories about “not so good” recruiters and agencies and then I end up with this extraordinary experience my first time. I feel like I’ve known Bethany for years. She texts me and checks on me regularly and is always so quick to help resolve any issues or concerns.

Sitka is a small island with one road that runs 14 miles from end to end. I drive 1.2 miles to work each day (how about that for a commute?). The facility here is so unique because it’s only 25 beds, but it serves all medical needs for several outlying islands besides just Sitka. I’ve learned so many new things here, and new ways of thinking about the services we provide in this amazing location. I can’t say enough about how wonderful and welcoming the people at Mt. Edgecumbe Medical Center have treated me during my visit. Every morning before work and every evening after work, I sit by the shore in Sitka Sound and watch the seals, whales, and the many varieties of birds, all surrounded by a snowcapped mountain backdrop. The pictures I sent represent some of the beautiful scenery I’m so lucky to enjoy. And never did I think I would be in a part of the world where I would get to see the Northern Lights, but I have in Sitka.

Recently, a group of clinicians, RN’s, CNA’s, PT’s and OT’s, invited me to go with them by boat to a luxury hunting and fishing lodge on Dove Island for a Michelin 5-star dinner. When we arrive, we will first be escorted to the spa where we will receive massage therapy, then we will go to their bar for cocktails where we will enjoy a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean. Next, we will be served our fabulous dinner (go to the Dove Island website and see for yourself). And for dessert…..wait for it…..BAKED ALASKA IN ALASKA!!!!

I wish I had done this sooner, but I’m definitely going to be a travel RT for the remainder of my career.”

Explore Atlanta

Explore Atlanta

Georgia Aquarium

Located right in the middle of downtown, the Georgia Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the world. The aquarium is home to over 100,000 different sea creatures, including two whale sharks. This is the only aquarium besides Asia to house whale sharks. There are seven different galleries and exhibits waiting for you to explore. You can even spend the night at the aquarium! The aquarium is focused on promoting conservation and education. A portion of every guest ticket goes towards funding their research and conservation efforts. Check out the Georgia Aquarium during your time spent in Atlanta!

Located at: 225 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

World of Coca-Cola

Located right next to the Georgia Aquarium is the World of Coca-Cola. If you love coke products, this is the museum for you! At this museum, you can learn all about the history of this iconic beverage brand. It hosts exhibits for you to learn more about the secret formula of Coca-Cola and you get to taste over 100 flavors of the product from all over the world! You even get to see the vault where they keep the secret formula. This museum is a must see when traveling in Atlanta!

Located at: 121 Baker St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

Atlanta Botanical Garden

The Atlanta Botanical garden is a beautiful escape from the busy city. It includes 30-acres of beautiful and rare garden scenery. Their unique displays are something you will not want to miss. On Thursdays from May through October, the garden offers cocktails to enjoy during your visit. They offer occasional concerts as well as the option to rent for events or weddings. They offer classes and lectures if you are interested in learning more about their conservation and research. They have different exhibitions every few months, so you can visit multiple times during your assignment in Atlanta!

Located at:1345 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30309

Centennial Olympic Park

The Centennial Olympic Park is located just across the street from the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola. It was originally built for the 1996 Summer Olympics that were held in Atlanta. Here you can find cool views of the city, beautiful scenery, and a splash pad. There are events held here year round, including concerts in the summer. There are some perfect picture opportunities here, such as the Fountain of RIngs. This displays the famous Olympic rings and a fountain that is designed to sync up with the music they play. Centennial Olympic Park is a great way to spend a nice day in Atlanta!

Located at: 265 Park Ave W NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

Ponce City Market

Ponce City Market is an indoor/outdoor shopping center home to many different local shops. It is the perfect place to try several varieties of food and drinks. The market hosts events and you can rent out spaces and rooms as well. Ponce City Market offers a fun and lively atmosphere, perfect for a night out. The Ponce City Rooftop has a minigolf course, carnival games, and an amazing view of the beautiful city. There are many unique shops and restaurants for you to explore here. You can miss the opportunity to visit Ponce City Market during your time in Atlanta!

Located at: 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

Zoo Atlanta

Located near downtown, is Atlanta’s Zoo. Zoo Atlanta offers more than 1000 animals to see, including their famous giant pandas. Zoo Atlanta focuses on educating the public about conservation. They offer educational classes and have several projects to help preserve certain species and habitats. They have several events you can attend including their days dedicated to celebrating certain animals. The zoo offers displayed artwork from time-to-time including this summer’s LEGO artwork by Sean Kenney. Zoo Atlanta is an animal lover’s perfect place to spend their day. You have to check it out during your assignment in Atlanta!

Located at: 800 Cherokee Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30315

If you or anyone you know is interested in traveling to Atlanta, Georgia for your/their next contract, please visit our job board or connect with a MedUS Recruiter.

Explore Cincinnati

Explore Cincinnati

Cincinnati Zoo

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is the second oldest zoo in the country and earned the award for USA Today’s Reader’s Choice best zoo in the nation. It is located a few blocks away from the University of Cincinnati’s Campus and it is home to a wide variety of animals including the world’s most famous hippo, Fiona. During the holiday season, they host the “PNC Festival of Lights”. The festival consists of spectacular light shows and displays. The zoo hangs 4 million lights every year and has won the Reader’s Choice award, “Best Zoo Lights” for the past four years.The Cincinnati Zoo is not an attraction you would want to miss during your time spent here.

Located at: 3400 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45220

Newport Aquarium

The Newport Aquarium is located just across the river in Newport, Kentucky. The Aquarium is home to many unique creatures. Some of the local’s favorites are the albino alligators, Snowflake and Snowball. The Aquarium also has a variety of sharks for you to see. “Shark Central” is a 5000 gallon exhibit where you are able to touch a variety of shark species. Another local favorite to see here are the rare shark rays called Sweet Pea and Scooter. With the 70 exhibits to explore, we are sure you will see something incredible. If you get hungry after your visit, Newport on the Levee is home to many local restaurants and it even has a mall.

Located at: 1 Levee Wy, Newport, KY 41071

Cincinnati Reds / Bengals

It is no surprise that the Cincinnati Bengals have spiked in popularity in recent years due to their widely known first round pick quarterback, Joe Burrow, and their appearance in Superbowl LVI.. Bengals games are a Cincinnati staple. Located at the Paul Brown Stadium, a Bengals game is packed with passionate fans and great seats. These games are often sold out, but you can still enjoy some barbeque and drinks at the well-known tailgating in the Stadium’s parking lot. The Paul Brown Stadium is located on the river right next to their neighboring baseball team the Reds, a Cincinnati summertime staple.

The Reds also have a pretty famous title, too. The Reds are known for the fact that they were the first professional baseball team to be established in the U.S. Watching a Red’s Game in the Great American Ball Park is a great way to spend your evening. There is a beautiful view of the Ohio River and Northern Kentucky located right next to the ballpark. They have delicious food and beverage options and often end the game with fireworks. Aside from all the activities they have inside the stadium, you can also visit the Red’s Hall of Fame. It is an interactive museum where you can learn more about the team and the history behind them.

Findlay Market

Findlay Market is Ohio’s oldest, operating market. Located in Over-The-Rhine, it holds over 50 vendors who sell ethnic foods, meat, fish, coffee, plants, and everything in between. The market is open Tuesday through Sunday and on the weekends there is a farmer’s market where you can purchase locally grown produce and flowers. They host fun events and have live music. There is plenty of culture waiting to be explored at Findlay Market.

Located at: 1801 Race St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Parks

Although Cincinnati is a relatively urban area, it has some great parks to explore. Smale Riverfront Park is located downtown by the river. It has a playground, a garden, and a splash pad. It’s located a short walk from the Purple People Bridge which can be used to walk across the river to Kentucky. Krohn Conservatory is located in Eden Park. This conservatory contains over 3500 plant species from all around the world.. You will feel like you are walking through a jungle while viewing all of these incredible plants. Possibly the most incredible part of this conservatory is the butterfly exhibit. While in the butterfly room, you will be amongst thousands of free flying butterflies. You are welcome to observe these butterflies and you probably won’t be in there for too long before one of them lands on you! Ault Park is one of Cincinnati’s largest parks. Located in the Mt. Lookout neighborhood, this park is the perfect place to have a picnic. The park also offers a beautiful pavilion that is perfect for any photoshoot. There are plenty of trails and lookout points to explore here.

Breweries

Cincinnati has an abundance of breweries in the tristate. There are about 80 breweries surrounding the city. All the breweries offer their own unique beer and atmosphere. Two of the most well known breweries in Cincinnati are Rhinegeist and Madtree. Rhinegeist is a large brewery located in the heart of Over-The-Rhine offering an industrial vibe with a beautiful rooftop overlooking the city.  Madtree, located in the suburb of Oakley, offers a large beer garden with 32 exclusive taps. Madtree is a pet-friendly brewery with outdoor seating. Both Rhinegeist and Madtree offer unique food choices exclusive to Cincinnati.

https://www.madtreebrewing.com/
https://rhinegeist.com/

Museums

Cincinnati has so many different  museums to explore. One of the most famous museums here in Cincinnati is the American Sign Museum. This museum holds the largest amount of vintage and neon signs in the nation. These signs include old ice cream parlors, gas stations, and restaurants. This museum has so much to see and is the perfect place to take trendy pictures. The next museum you have to check out is the Contemporary Arts Center. The Contemporary Arts Center is located right in the middle of downtown and with its extraordinary architecture, you can’t miss it. The museum offers a wide collection of modern art. There’s multiple floors to explore here and the daily admission is free. Another museum you have to see is the CIncinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal. This is an old train station that holds three different museums. The three museums are the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children’s Museum, and the Museum of Natural History and Science. There is a lot of history to learn here.

Food

Cincinnati is home to so many restaurants and local businesses. It is known for many unique food choices. One of them being, Skyline Chili. Skyline Chili is very popular in the midwest and especially in its home city of Cincinnati. Their dishes consist of chili served on top of hot dogs or a big plate of spaghetti as well as a heaping portion of cheese. Another food chain we are known for is LaRosa’s Pizza. LaRosa’s was first opened as a tiny restaurant in Cincinnati and since 1954 has grown tremendously throughout the area. LaRosa’s offers unique pizza choices as well as other Italian dishes. It is a must try while in Cincinnati. The next chain Cincinnati is known for is Graeter’s Ice Cream.

Graeter’s was founded in Cincinnati in 1868 and quickly became the most popular ice cream shop in the city. They have a wide variety of flavors and sundae combinations. There are many locations throughout the city and surrounding areas. Another food item in Cincinnati is goetta. Goetta is very unique and is native to Cincinnati. It is a german inspired breakfast sausage consisting of ground meat, grains, pin-head oats, and spices. Goetta is very popular in Cincinnati, but almost unheard of anywhere else. It is a must try while eating brunch in Cincinnati.

 

If you or anyone you know is interested in traveling to Cincinnati, Ohio for your/their next contract, please visit our job board or connect with a MedUS Recruiter.