Travel nursing is a difficult profession. As much as we love to share our travelers’ amazing experiences, there is a side to travel nursing that’s not all perfect travel photos and uplifting stories. While you may have some great assignments, there’s always a chance of getting one that’s challenging and pushing you to your limit. 

If you’re unhappy with your assignment, it can be difficult figuring out the best option for yourself. It’s no secret that canceling a contract can seriously affect future travel nursing opportunities. 

So, you’re unhappy with your travel assignment, what should you do? 

As an agency, we’re here for you no matter what.  

If you’re facing a serious issue with your assignment, please reach out to us or your current agency right away! 

We never want you to be in a situation that puts you or your patients at risk. 

Maintaining a workable, professional relationship is essential for you and the facility. It’s necessary to take a step back and reflect on the issues you’re experiencing and educate yourself on the cancellation process to make an informed decision.  

Here are 4 things to consider when you’re unhappy with an assignment. 

Communicate with your Recruiter 

Communication with your recruiter is key. After all, they’re your main support system during your assignment.  

Explain the issues you’re experiencing to your recruiter. Whether you’re having problems with co-workers, the facility itself, the location, or something else – they’re there to listen to you. (Sometimes, you just need to rant, and that’s ok!) 

Your recruiter can try and mediate between the facility and you to resolve any issues that arise during your assignment. The goal of your recruiter and the facility is to remedy any problems so that you can stay and finish your contract. You can also connect with a clinical coordinator to receive additional support.  

Most agencies have their own version of a clinical coordinator. This person is usually someone with nursing experience who can advocate for you and assist you with any issues during your assignment.  

Your agency and recruiter will provide any support they can to you and assist you through finishing out your assignment.   

Weigh out your Options 

Once you receive support from your agency and recruiter, continue to assess your situation and decide what will be best for you. Weigh out your current options and think about the resulting consequences of each decision.  

It’s important to think about the pros and cons of leaving your contract and starting fresh vs. potentially receiving a DNR (Do Not Rehire) from the facility or worse yet, the entire health network.  

Remember, it’s only temporary! 

Remember that you’re there to fill a temporary shortage for the facility. You’re there to assist the staff and, in the end, the patients who need care. While it can be frustrating, others are counting on you to show up.  

Thirteen weeks can seem like a long time, but if you’re already well into your contract, it can be best to stick it out and finish until the end to avoid a DNR.  

Try to focus on having an amazing experience outside of work. Even if you’re not too far from home, explore your new surroundings and enjoy your travel assignment for what it is!  

Also, remember that you were chosen, out of many candidates, for this position. If the facility or MSP thought you didn’t have the experience to handle difficult situations, you wouldn’t be where you are! 

Do what’s best for you.  

At the end of the day, that’s all you can do. Your safety and mental health are important.  

Canceling a contract should be a last resort option. If you feel that is your only option and you’re unable to resolve any serious issues you’re experiencing, be sure to give your recruiter as much notice as possible.  

Your notice allows the agency to fill the position in an adequate amount of time to ensure the facility isn’t left short-staffed for too long.  

Your recruiter can advise you on the best next steps to take to ensure you’re successful and happy with your next assignment 

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