It’s no secret that there’s a nursing shortage in the U.S. What does that mean for you if you ar a nurse outside of the U.S. who wants to practice nursing in the U.S.? You’re in high demand, and it’s the perfect time to start your U.S. nursing career.
But before you choose any recruiting service or employer, you should be aware of a few things.
Warning: Some recruiting agencies don’t measure up
Maybe you’re already shopping for an international nurse recruiting company. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the process and jargon. To make the best decision, consider the most important piece—you. Choosing an agency impacts your life, your family, and your career. Only you know what you want and need, so choose the agency that prioritizes you and invests in you throughout your entire career with them.
Many recruiting agencies say what they think you want to hear but don’t follow through. They overpromise and under-deliver. They don’t answer your questions, check-in, or foster community. They lack a personal, human touch.
Signs of a first-class international nurse recruiting service
Your needs and wants should be their top priority. After all, you are the customer. While you’re shopping around, check for the following marks of a superior agency.
It’s important to choose a full-service recruitment agency that provides end-to-end support from the first conversation to the close of your contract. Too often, nurses are placed and never hear from the agency until their contract is up.
No one wants to feel abandoned. Unfortunately, that’s how many international nurses feel when they work with companies that don’t focus on support. Look for an agency that offers real support from the application process to the end of your contract.
Continuing education and professional development
A thoughtful company doesn’t just want to place you. They care about your career growth and development after placement. They know that as a healthcare professional you will need continuing education and training to keep up with accreditation and the latest developments.
To help you stay abreast, a top-notch agency will provide free resources and educational materials, so you can grow and advance.
Consider the benefits they offer. Benefits help you gauge an agency’s commitment to your success during and after your contract. Search the agency’s website and check for benefits like
Transportation and accommodation support
Full-orientation at your placement
Overtime and paid time off
Look for an agency that offers check-ins and continued support. You should never feel abandoned in a new country. Excellent companies can put you in contact with nurses in your area, so you can build connections and friendships.
If continuous support, ongoing professional development, amazing benefits, and strong community are important to you, then you might be a prime candidate for Conexus MedStaff. We offer everything mentioned above and more.
Just listen to some of the registered nurses who have worked with us. One physiotherapist (Jennifer M.) says, “The staff at Conexus have been absolutely amazing. [They] gave me so much advice and support on obtaining my FCCPT certificate.”
One registered nurse (Jo Anne, U.S. RN) says, “It has always been my dream to see and feel what life in the West is.” She never gave up on her dreams, and Conexus helped her realize them.
Another RN wrote, “I gave my trust to Conexus MedStaff in fulfilling my American dream, and they never failed me.”
There are many stories just like these, and we would love to help you write your own international nursing story. Interested in expanding your potential and your horizons? You can learn more about us and start your application online.
We’re with you every step of the way.