Texting Trends in Travel Nursing

There has been some recent controversy on the newly developing trend of travel nurse staffing agencies texting potential jobs to travel nurse candidates.  What is the point of the new texting trends in Travel Nursing?

texting trends in travel nursingWith an ever changing workforce and a new generation of Travel Nurses (and nurses in general), joining the career; it’s only inevitable that staffing trends begin to change.  The new generation of nurses entering the field are much more ‘plugged-in’ than ever before.  Life revolves around tech and social media.  I know many people that utilize text and email as their primary communications resource.  Phone calls and in-person meetings seem to be becoming a thing of the past.
As the generations evolve, it’s expected that the means of communication for travel staffing agencies to evolve as well.  There are pros and cons the this new trend in staffing alerts.  For me, the pro’s would be simply quick notification.  If I’m looking for a position, texting me of availability is the fastest way to contact me.  By being able to quickly know of an opening, I can choose if I want to be submitted and perhaps be one of the first profiles on the manager’s desk.  The other advantage for me would be any changes.  If I’m contracted and the hospital need something last minute, a quick text is a good notification system.
On the flip side, I wouldn’t want to be bombarded by companies that I am not already registered with, nor would I want to be constantly notified if I am not currently seeking a contract position.  Email is more than effective for these situations.
I would caution the travel nurse staffing agencies to not be an Annoyance.  Agencies may want to consider an ‘opt in’ for text in order not to alienate the generation of non-tech nurses, as well as those that are currently not registered with your company.  Consider it like spam…if I didn’t ask for notification, please don’t send it.  The other item to remember with texting is that there are still some that have to pay additional fees for text messages.  The last thing that an agency ‘should’ want is to allienate potential travelers by costing them money for their advertising.
If you are a travel nurse, I would love to hear your thoughts about being text messaged by the travel staffing companies.  Alternately, if you are an agency representative; I’m interested in finding out if your agency utilizes text messaging and if so, in what regard.
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As a travel nursing educator, Candy aka Gypsy Nurse, RN has worked in healthcare for nearly 20 years, working up the ranks from CNA to LPN to RN. For the past nine years, she’s worked as a travel nurse, allowing her to practice and live in 15 states throughout the U.S. She regularly shares advice for those interested in travel nurse jobs on her website at: www.thegypsynurse.com.

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