Nurse Staffing Agency vs Direct Hire
One of the more frequently asked questions we deal with from international nurses is whether Conexus MedStaff is a Direct Hire agency.
Conexus MedStaff is not a direct hire agency, rather we are an international nurse employment agency that specializes in hiring and matching international nurses to U.S.-based healthcare facilities. That means Conexus hires, prepares, educates and supports our nurses and places them at one of our many clients. We then provide ongoing education and support to each nurse throughout their contract and provide a variety of career pathway options to consider after the initial contract.
Your decision to start a U.S. RN adventure with a direct hire company or an international staffing agency, like Conexus MedStaff, is a personal choice. But it is important to do your research and understand the long-term benefits and opportunities, and any fees before signing a contract to practice nursing in the U.S. Below are some things to consider and why we believe choosing Conexus provides the best option for a nursing career in the U.S.
Know Where You Will Go
By using a staffing agency like Conexus MedStaff, you’ll benefit by having a job waiting for you when you arrive in the U.S. at one of our many healthcare organizations. You'll know where you have been matched before you get here, and you will have been contracted to be at that healthcare organization for the position in which you interviewed. You don't need to worry that your job will disappear or be filled by another candidate before you have your embassy interview.
This isn't necessarily the case with direct hire agencies. A significant consideration to using a Direct Hire company is that the job opportunity potentially can be filled before you have your embassy interview. That means your visa won’t be issued, potentially delaying the trajectory for your U.S. career journey. In addition, working with a staffing agency allows you to have options and try a healthcare facility for a contract period to determine if that setting and organization is a good fit for you. If at the end of your contract, you want to make a move, with Conexus, you have other career options.
Sometimes, things are too good to be true, and upon further researching an agency, you will find hidden upfront fees you have to pay to be placed.
The way we see it is this: If a recruitment agency ever asks you for money upfront, you should look elsewhere.
Here's the reality for Conexus MedStaff: we do not charge our candidates any upfront fees. We believe the talented nurses we recruit can be matched with our clients without a service fee.
Instead, Conexus will pay your visa processing fee for your EB-3 permanent residency visa, also known as a green card. That’s our approach to international nurse recruitment. We work to build a trusting relationship with our nurses and our clients that benefit both your life and your career, and the communities and patients of our clients.
Partnership through the Sponsorship Process
A quality staffing agency like Conexus MedStaff is a cut above in this industry because we are with you for every step of the way.
Our in-house expert Immigration team will guide you through and process your visa application. We realize that visa processes are lengthy, always changing and often confusing. Through our in-house team's knowledge and contacts, Conexus MedStaff makes the process more manageable and straight-forward for an international registered nurse.
Support from a Dedicated Team
Once you arrive in the USA, our role in working with you has only just started.
The Conexus MedStaff benefits package we’ve put together helped to make your new life in the USA easier for you and your family. You'll be assigned a dedicated Conexus MedStaff team member who will be there to guide and support you throughout the duration of your 5,000-hour contract with us - and beyond.
Opportunity Beyond the Contract
A staffing agency can be the right choice for someone who wants to be more than a tourist nurse. Conexus works with nurses for career development and growth beyond the contract, putting you and our healthcare clients in a position to extend the contract, or move to a different location, facility, or specialty with continued immigration support and guidance as you work toward naturalization.
A Long-Term View
We are not just there for you on day one, it’s for the long haul. It’s part of our mission and our core values to provide guidance and support to our Conexus nurses throughout their journey. You will become a part of the Conexus Community.