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What bothers me about all the different agencies is that although they are "a dime a dozen," most of them say, "We're the best."  The best for whom?  The patient?  The nurse?  The hospitals?  The pocket of the CEO?

In all my years in this business, I have never seen one company who truly is "the best" for every nurse.  Nurses are all different, and although several companies do a great job at providing a good quality choice, I have yet to meet the ultimate, perfect-for-everyone company.

As a nurse, the first thing that you must do is to make a list of your priorities.  What are the most important things in your career?  What things would be nice, but you could live without?  Finally, what things are just icing on the cake?

The first thing you need to look at is whether you are more comfortable with a large company or a small one.  Larger companies tend to have the greatest number of jobs, but you might get lost in the shuffle and feel like just a number instead of a name.  In all probability, the receptionist in a large company will not recognize your voice, although you might have worked for the same company for over a year.

In a smaller company, they may all take turns answering the phones, but after a fairly small amount of time they will more than likely all know your voice on the phone.  You may not have the exact location that you want, but they will go the extra mile to get you a nearly perfect location. 

With a medium-sized company, you could get the best of both worlds:  a good selection of assignments with great personalization.

You can't travel down the highway of nursing happiness without a map.  Take time out right now and jot down a few things to start your list of wants, then fill out the travel nurse profile.







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