Travel Nurse Contract Negotiation

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By The Gypsy Nurse Staff

August 8, 2018



Step #5: Know Your Deal-Breakers

It’s important to know and understand what your deal-breakers are so that you can communicate this during your travel nurse contract negotiation.

First, let’s define what is meant by the term deal-breaker.

Know your Deal-Breakers

deal breaker (plural deal breakers)  An issue which causes a relationship (especially in business) to fail.

– Wiktionary

Example Deal Breakers

One popular deal breaker is usually pay. At the bare minimum, your weekly take-home pay will need to cover your expenses on contract and at your tax home.  Figure out what your minimum pay is and stick to it!

Another deal breaker might be time off. If someone important to you is getting married, having a baby, or is visiting from far away, it is absolutely reasonable for time off to be a deal breaker in your travel nurse contract negotiation. Just remember to be up front with your hiring manager and recruiter about the dates you need!

Define your Deal Breakers

Remember all of the notes you took about your different needs and wants? It is time to take those out and decide what your deal breakers truly are for travel nursing contracts. While you might get lucky every once in awhile, it is highly unlikely you will get everything you want in every travel nursing contract.

We discussed  Determine Why You Want to TravelWhat You Will Get Out of Travel Nursing, and Where You Are Willing to Go. Go through your notes and determine which items you simply cannot live without.

Highlight or circle your DEAL-BREAKERS so they are easily identifiable.  You will want to refer back to these during your early travel nurse contract negotiation discussions with your agency/recruiter.

Re-visit your list frequently and re-evaluate if those items are truly deal-breakers.  What may seem of utmost importance right now may change.

What are your deal breakers when negotiating a travel nursing contract? We would love to hear in the comments!

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