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Nurses: What You Need to Know


Are you ready for your travel nurse interview? Though nurses are in high demand in Seattle and across the country—the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 16 percent job growth from now until 2024—a hiring manager still needs to make sure you’re a great match for the job. For this reason, it’s important to be fully prepared for your interview. The process is just as much about the hiring manager getting to know you as it is you learning more about the job. Plan what questions to ask during your interview to help you gather as much information as possible. Here’s what you need to know to do your very best.

Top questions to ask during your travel nurse interview

The more prepared you are, the more cool, calm and collected you’ll be during your interview. Plus, your questions will help you decide if the travel opportunity is right for you. Consider asking any of the following:

  1. How many beds are in the facility?
  2. Is the facility private, community or teaching?
  3. What services are available at the facility (e.g., pediatrics, X-ray, open heart, NICU, PICU, pharmacy, radiology, etc.)?
  4. What is the patient population and typical diagnoses?
  5. What is the nurse-to-patient ratio?
  6. Is staff parking provided—free or for a fee?
  7. What kind of public transportation is available?
  8. Is staff housing provided, and how far is it from the facility? Is it within Seattle, or a neighboring town?
  9. Are other travel nurses currently employed at the facility? Are they staying in staff housing?
  10. Can children or spouses travel with me?
  11. Are pets allowed on assignment?
  12. What hours will I be working? Will my hours be standard or rotating?
  13. What are coverage, on-call and overtime requirements?
  14. What are the weekend and holiday requirements?
  15. What type of orientation is available to new travel nurses?
  16. What activities are available in and around Seattle?
  17. Will I be reassigned to a different unit or department during my assignment?
  18. Do travel assignments ever get extended?
  19. What special skills are needed for this placement?
  20. Who can I contact with questions or concerns while on assignment?

Always be prepared

Travel nurses are hired nationwide, so your interview will most likely be over the phone. Since it’s more difficult for a hiring manager to gauge what you’re like minus body language, he or she will be relying heavily on your interview answers and the questions you ask. Bottom line: The more prepared you are the better chance you’ll have of finding the best travel placement for you.

Looking for a recruiter?

Working with a recruiter can help you find travel nurse assignments in the Seattle area, as well as across the country. TaleMed is an industry-leading healthcare staffing firm that places travel nurses and other healthcare professionals with rewarding travel jobs best matched to their career goals. To learn more, visit our job search page or contact our experienced recruiters today.

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