We interviewed a few of our travel nurse recruiters to get their perspective on what makes a great recruiter/travel nurse relationship. Here is Leah Fanti’s take on the importance of a strong recruiter/nurse relationship.
What should a travel nurse look for in a recruiter?
“Honesty and transparency about the market, especially if you are a new nurse. You can’t just try to compare pay packages because it is comparing apples to apples. PPR guarantees stipend if you are sick or out and we have amazing insurance.”
What qualities make the best recruiter?
“Being approachable and readily available. A great recruiter should be willing and able to adjust their schedule to meet the needs of their nurses. All my nurses have my cell phone number and know they can contact me anytime.”
What do you do to separate yourself from other recruiters?
“I get to know my nurses on a personal level. I once spent 5 hours on the phone with one of my nurses talking about the dogs she has rescued. I want to make them feel comfortable.”
Here’s what a couple of of Leah’s nurses had to say:
”Leah has been a Godsend to me. She is always there when I need to address a question, concern, complaint, or just to say hello. She never rushes me through the conversation or cuts [things] short, no matter how busy I am sure she is. I feel like Leah always has my best interest at heart. I have since had 2 other nurses sign on with her, and they feel the same.
I could go on and on, basically I live Leah and I am thankful to have her!!! “ – Danna Mechling
“Leah has been wonderful! She is always on top of things. She listens to me when I talk. She is friendly and kind. She worked really hard to get me a contract when I was running out of time. She puts her clients first. She always makes herself available at any time, and she always makes sure to take care of things, and in a timely fashion. She is very resourceful, and it is obviously that she genuinely cares about her nurses.
What’s more, Leah is also personal while still maintaining her professionalism. She’s super sweet. She will call or text just to say hi, to check in and see how everything is going, to send well wishes on holidays, and it’s always a joy to talk with her.
I just realized something also…when my previous recruiter would call, I would see his name come up in my caller ID. I would generally let it go to voicemail because I didn’t really like getting on the phone with him. I’d listen to the voicemail and if it was something I needed to address I would call him back. Otherwise I would just be content to shoot him a text and leave it with that.
When Leah calls I don’t feel any of that. I enjoy speaking with her on the phone! She’s just so pleasant and she maintains a good balance of business and personal kindness in our conversations.
I have enjoyed my experience as a traveling nurse, but I have enjoyed it so much more since working with PPR and Leah Fanti! I feel blessed that things didn’t work out with my first recruiter because I think Leah, as well as PPR, is a much better fit for me. I truly believe everything happens for a reason. I’m so grateful for you guys there, and you have a true gem in Leah!” -Nicole Asashon