Taking a job in nurse recruiting was a bit of a switch for Kelley King, who previously worked with Nordstrom’s, a high-end retailer. But both jobs require understanding your customer and providing excellent service, according to King, who now relishes her job with NursesRx, one of the nation’s top travel nurse agencies.Read more
By Megan Murdock Krischke, contributor
Taking a job in
nurse recruiting was a bit of a switch for Kelley King, who previously
worked with Nordstrom’s, a high-end retailer. But both jobs require
understanding your customer and providing excellent service, according
to King, who now relishes her job with NursesRx, one of the nation’s top
travel nurse agencies.
After hearing how much an
ex-Nordstrom’s co-worker enjoyed her job at
NursesRx and how it utilized
the customer service training that they had both received, she decided
to try nurse recruiting, too. “I love that every day I get to use the
skills I’d already honed to serve my nurses.”
One of the
things that King enjoys most about nurse recruiting is the chance to
build long-term relationships with her clients. Every nurse has a
different personality and a different story; some have worked with
multiple travel nurse agencies before and others are completely new to
the realm of travel nursing.
In each case, she takes the
time to get know the nurse’s goals and figure out what job assignments
will best meet his or her needs. While there are a lot of moving parts
to the job, King sees her nurse recruiting role as part matchmaker and
part career counselor.
“I talk to a lot of nurses who
have been doing the same job in the same facility for a lot of years.
They hear about travel nursing and want to check it out, but are
tentative about heading out on an adventure,” said King, who provides
support and encourages potential travelers to take the first step out of
their comfort zone and experience a new adventure.
starting any assignment, King has to ensure that each nurse candidate
has the clinical skills and strong references required for a travel
nurse position. Her goal is to find the right nurse for each position
and the right position for each nurse—that is the “win–win.”
my main role is to find my nurses a position, I am also a listening ear
as they experience new joys and challenges,” she explained. She also
has to make sure that her nurses follow through on employment details,
such as getting in necessary paperwork and showing up to their
assignment on time, wearing the right thing.
the travel nurse agencies out there, King feels fortunate to have found
her current employer. She reports that NursesRx operates like smaller
travel nurse agencies with a friendly, personal approach, yet with the
resources and power of the nation’s largest health care staffing company
behind it. NursesRx is a company of AMN Healthcare, and is certified
by The Joint Commission.
Her advice to potential travel nurses? “Life is short, so get out there and travel!”
a traveler you get to live rent-free in great places with killer
amenities,” she added. “Plus, there is the opportunity to work in
top-rated facilities and to learn with state-of-the-art equipment.
NursesRx has exclusive contracts with some of the most prestigious
facilities in the nation.”
King loves working with nurses, who she describes as “very knowledgeable and very compassionate people.”
“It is an honor for me to work with and serve nurses because they help so many people,” she concluded.
Send Kelley an e-mail or give her a call at (858) 509-3511 to
discover the current travel nurse assignments she has available. You can
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