Travel Nurse Interview Process
The first thing to remember when you’re called for the travel nurse Interview is that you are interviewing the facility as much as the manager is interviewing you. You want your travel contract to be a good fit for you and in order to get the best results, you must ask questions.
A travel nurse interview is unique in the fact that you will most generally be interviewed via phone. I’ve had interviews via phone in a variety of places; including my living room couch to the local coffee shop or even while relaxing on the beach.
It’s important to determine where you are comfortable to have the interview. Furthermore, make certain that there aren’t distractions, loud noises or anything that will keep you from giving your entire attention to the interviewer.
Who is Interviewing You?
The Hiring Manager may not be the direct Manager of the Unit. Ask the interviewers job position/title. I recommend that you ask to speak with that manager if possible. As the saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This will also give you a chance to read that person and their management style.
Travel Nurse Interview – Questions to Ask
The following is a list of potential questions to ask during your Travel Nurse Interview. Most importantly, this is not an all-inclusive list. There may be additional questions that are more specific to the type of hospital, unit, etc.
- What is the staffing ratio?
- Is floating required? Will you always float first?
- Is On-Call required? How often?
- Does the unit have mandatory overtime? Are you able to take a different day off if mandated?
- Is overtime available to pick up on a volunteer basis?
- Verify the shift that you will be working. If rotating shifts, how often?
- Scheduling? Can you get your shifts back to back? How far in advance is the schedule available? How much notice is given for scheduling changes?
If you have specific dates that you need to be off, this is the time to ask. More importantly, make sure that this time off is noted in your final signed contract.
- What is the policy for breaks/lunch? Is there someone to relieve you?
- What assistive Staff is available on the unit? IV team, Secretary, CNA’s, etc?
- What type of charting system is used? Will there be training?
Do not ask the facility about your travel contract pay. The facility has no control over your pay package.
- What is the dress code?
- Will there be requirements to act as a charge nurse?
- What is the process for shift to shift report? Bedside? Recorded? Group?
- Has the hospital or unit used travelers before? Have any extended? How many travelers are in the facility currently?
- Is there a possibility for an extension?
- How often are unit meetings? Is attendance required at meetings?
- What is the orientation process for travelers? Classroom hours? Unit orientation hours? Will you receive orientation on each unit you will work?
- Unit specific information: Patient mix? Average length of stay? Average census?
- If you have specific dates that you need to be off, this is the time to ask. Most importantly, make certain that the written contract clearly states any approved time off.
Most importantly, if any of your Deal Breakers are appropriate to address with the individual hospital; don’t forget to ask about them.
This list of questions is not all-inclusive. What questions do you ask when interviewing for a travel nurse assignment? Post your additional questions in the comments.
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