By Melissa Hagstrom, contributor
April 22, 2013 - After just one year as a recruiter with leading travel nurse staffing company American Mobile Healthcare, an AMN Healthcare company, Wendy Harrison couldn’t imagine her career going in any other direction.
“The thing I love most about being a recruiter is the people who I work with,” she said. “It’s so fun to get to hear the adventures that my nurses have. Everyone has a different story to tell. It’s really fun to be professional but also to connect with the all of the nurses I work with on a more personal level.”
Wendy Harrison, a recruiter with NurseZone's partner American Mobile Healthcare, can be found answering questions and providing career advice on NurseZone's Facebook
Wendy’s ability to forge meaningful connections with her travelers is due in part to her belief that the recruiter-traveler relationship is an integral part of any successful assignment.
“I think that the recruiter is one of the top things that can make or break your experience as a traveler. Having a recruiter who you can talk to, who listens to you and knows what your goals are is so important. As a traveler, you should create a team with your recruiter.”
Travel nurses should take their time when looking for a recruiter, Wendy explained, adding, “One of the biggest things that my nurses have said to me is they look for someone who is really willing to answer their questions, regardless of whether or not they are currently traveling with them.”
“My travelers know they can call me with any question—big or small. Whether it’s about bringing pets along on assignment or a housing question, I know my nurses trust me and can ask me about anything.”
It’s this trust-based recruiting style that has enabled Wendy to become much more than a recruiter to some of her travelers. In fact, for a traveler pair from Illinois, she is a confidant and friend.
“I have a couple of girls who came to California together, and one of them had never been on an airplane before,” she said. “They came to California to get their licenses and now they are up in LA. They’ve come down to San Diego and I’ve taken them to the beach.”
When Wendy is not working with her travelers, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband. In fact, she is an avid snowboarder and is taking advantage of her Southern California location by learning to surf as well. “I am not very good yet,” she said with a laugh.
Any good recruiter understands the importance of serving as a guide to nurses as they embark on this exciting journey and lifestyle shift, and Wendy offers sage advice to all of her travelers, regardless of their experience level or background.
“You never regret the things that you do, you only regret the things that you don’t do. Jump in with two feet. I think it’s completely normal to be scared and nervous at first, but the adventure in the long run is worth it.”
Send Wendy an e-mail or give her a call at (877) 532-7957 to find out about the current travel nursing opportunities she has available.
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