As a nurse, there are many factors to consider when deciding on your next long-term assignment – factors many permanent nurses don’t even have to think about. As recruiters placing nurses all over the U.S., there are several recurring items we see on candidates’ “must-have” lists.

Plugin your own preferences to the list below when considering your next long-term fit! Nurses are some of the hardest working professionals in healthcare (not that we’re biased) and deserve to have “the perfect fit” with every new job.

1—Location

Don’t just appreciate a location in theory, research why you’d want to live there. Find specific examples of your activity of choice – whether it be the nightlife, outdoor fun or sightseeing – and keep mental notes so that you can take advantage of these things once you move there.

2—Connection with the Nurse Manager and nursing team

Sometimes things just click. Keep in mind that in addition to being interviewed for a new position, you should also “interview” the Nurse Manager. Ask them questions and make sure it’s a two-way conversation because their answers to your questions can be a make-or-break. Ask about the team dynamics and compare that to your ideal work environment.

3—The length of time you’ll be there

Do you want to travel or stay awhile? Guardian Healthcare Providers specializes in helping you find a long-term fit, but there are varying assignment lengths available.

4—Ability to grow and learn

Your chosen specialty isn’t the only factor to consider: reflect on the things that make a facility special or unique, and where these attributes line up with your passion. Working at a teaching hospital or Level I Trauma Center, for example, could help grow your skillset, which can set you up for future success.

5—The pay

Sometimes you’ve found the perfect location, the perfect Nurse Manager and the perfect setting, but there’s a big “but” holding you back: the pay’s not great. Consider your unique situation, and what you’re willing to sacrifice to accomplish other goals like career growth or location preference.

6—The extras

It’s difficult to say “no” to a sign-on bonus or stellar benefits, and certainly shouldn’t be overlooked when it comes to making a career decision. Where do these things fall on the priority list? That’s up to you.

It’s all about priorities and determining which factors are most important to you at that point in time.

Recruiters at Guardian Healthcare Providers can help you navigate career decisions and connect the dots when it comes to your preferences and open job opportunities. Contact us today!