Don’t Be a Sore Loser – The Importance of Encouraging Your Traveler to Travel, Even When It’s Not With You

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By: Shari Dalton

January 4, 2018

By: Mindy Milligan

The travel nursing industry is gigantic. There are literally thousands of agencies varying in size, style, specialty/niche and more. Recruiters are faced with the daily challenges of finding skillful, available, reliable, awesome nurses. And then matching them to open orders with facilities across the nation. We have all heard the comparison shopping, pay package matching and cut throat nature of this business. But why do we add the stress of worrying about what everyone else is doing? If you are a great recruiter, you don’t have to do that. You know the old adage , “Don’t be a sore loser”.

If you don’t have what your traveler needs, share them with another great recruiter. This simple act will give your traveler confidence that you are putting them first and ensure that when you do have what they need, they will be back.

Travel professionals are under a tremendous amount of stress/pressure with all the choices that are thrown at them regarding travel contracts. These professionals are navigating where to go, where to live, how to get there, why they want to travel and what is a good fit facility for them. Our job is to be a resource to travelers. And provide them the encouragement to travel, chase their dreams, love the adventure and follow their hearts. With all the needs out there and the increasing shortage of quality nurses to fill them, now is the time to grow as an industry. Be a member of the traveler’s team of recruiters. Most of them are going to have several recruiters to work with. You’ll become a welcomed member of their travel experience. And your life will not be nearly as stressful when you accept what you cannot change.

All recruiters should strive to be the best they can be for their travelers. When you meet the needs of your travelers they will return to you. It is of growing importance that we support the industry by making traveler experiences as positive and rewarding as possible. The happier the traveler the more likely they will continue to travel. At the end of the day, we want to have as many happy travelers as we can get so that our industry stays strong and productive. So, don’t be a sore loser. And encourage your traveler to travel, even when it’s not with you (this time).

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