At AB Staffing, we love shining a spotlight on our social workers, travel nurses, and recruiters. This time, we’d like to share the story of one of our senior recruiters McKaye. She loves that this role is making a positive impact on the medical world in spite of the fact that she gets nauseated at the sight of blood! McKaye is fun, focused, and cares about the travel medical professionals she is placing across the country.
What was your job before coming to AB Staffing?
“Before AB Staffing, I was the Assistant Manager of Customer Service and Personal Styling at a large retail store. In this position, I learned that I loved helping people but was looking for a way to make a greater impact.” That’s when she found her way to AB Staffing.
What do you like most about being a recruiter?
“Nothing makes me happier than having hour-long conversations with my nurses filled with laughter and talks about life. It makes the job fun! I also love the environment at the office. I spend more hours with my coworkers than anyone else in my life and am still excited to see them every morning.”
What is your least favorite thing about being a Healthcare Recruiter?
“It is an emotional grind and there are many situations and unexpected factors that we cannot control. Some news is not always the best and if last minute credentialing items come up, we didn’t get clearance in time, etc. it’s hard always having to be the bad guy to break the news.”
What advice would you give a provider that is new to travel nursing?
“Expect the unexpected. I will try my best to pave the road for you perfectly smooth and be transparent about everything but sometimes speed bumps come up that are not in our control. Just need to roll with it, stay calm because we will always figure situations out together!”
In our article What to Do Before a Travel Assignment, we discuss ways to prepare for a new location and facility. While we can’t control everything, we strive to make our travel professionals as prepared as we can.
What advice do you have for a traveler looking for a recruiter?
“Nurses receive a lot of calls every day from recruiters. Before signing a contract, I recommend having several conversations with the recruiter. I can email jobs to you but in order to make sure I have a full understanding of what you are looking for, I need to know what you want in terms of location, shifts, pay, start dates, time off, family and pets traveling with you, insurance needs, and more. As a recruiter, I prefer the chance to build that relationship and learn more about the providers. That way I have an understanding of whether or not a particular facility is a good fit for you.”
What advice would you give someone that is interested in becoming a Healthcare recruiter?
“If you are going to do this, be all in. Come in early, stay late, skip lunches some days, come in on the weekends. Our providers pick up their lives for 13+ weeks for us so I feel that we need to be available to them. Most importantly, be human and always honest when talking to providers.”
Tell us about a situation that made you happy you became a recruiter.
“I’d say that in general, timing is everything. Nothing makes me happier than when I call someone and they tell me the timing of my call was perfect. Like I was, our providers are looking for a different job. Some are wrapped up in the politics of a permanent position and are looking for a change. Others are burnt out, lost a loved one, are struggling financially; overall, they are looking for a new experience. Travel medical positions offer change and challenge. Understanding their stories makes me more determined to give them everything they want. I am honored to be part of their journey!”
Let’s change gears and talk about you. If you were a travel nurse, where would you want to work?
“This is a tough question! I grew up in Vermont and haven’t traveled much. My family is still there and there is nothing more beautiful than summer and fall in Vermont. If I had to pick where I’d be a travel nurse, I’d say one of my two bucket list places – Hawaii or Alaska.”
If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be?
“I would want my superpower to be immortality if that can be one. I want to live forever and see everything in this world and right now I do not feel like I have enough time.”
What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
“Super basic – vanilla.”
Tell us about your pets.
“I have a dog named Norman who is my entire life. I rescued him from a shelter three years ago.”
What are your hobbies?
“I am the stereotypical weird horse girl from the social media memes. My friends send me a horse meme at least once a week! I started riding when I was eight years old and still do when I have time. I was always taught growing up that if you fall off the horse that you better get back in the saddle and finish the course…then go to the hospital maybe after!”
Last question, what is something interesting you’d like to share with our audience?
“In addition to being a horse girl? LOL. I am probably the most clumsy, awkward and embarrassing person you will meet. If you have ever seen the show New Girl, my roommates relate me to the main character Jess (Zooey Deschanel). I can promise you that I will trip in front of large crowds, tell terrible jokes that sound like they come off a Laffy Taffy!”
Thanks, McKaye, for sharing your AB Staffing recruiter experience with us!