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Why should I use AMN Healthcare for my healthcare staffing needs?

AMN Healthcare is the nation's largest provider of high-quality healthcare professionals for temporary, contract and permanent positions. Our vast physician, nurse and allied staffing capabilities—unparalleled in the healthcare staffing industry—enable us to provide clients with a wide spectrum of assignment lengths.

Whether you're looking to staff short or long-term assignments, temporary-to-permanent positions or full-time positions, count on AMN Healthcare to meet your clinical staffing needs. Our unique leadership position enables us to place the best matched, most qualified candidates with your facility, and deliver the responsive, individualized service you need.

What types of nurse staffing do you provide?

We provide nurses from high-need specialties, such as OR, ER, ICU, telemetry and many other specialty nurses, licensed practical or vocational nurses and advanced practice nurses in a wide variety of specialties for assignments ranging from two weeks to 24 months. We typically place most of our nurses on 13-week travel assignments with hospitals and healthcare facilities. Our travel staffing brands, American Mobile Healthcare®, Medical ExpressSM, NursesRx®, Preferred Healthcare Staffing®, O'Grady Peyton International® and RN Demand®, give you nationwide access to the largest network of qualified travel nursing professionals in the industry.

We also offer a longer-term staffing solution, typically 18 months, under our O'Grady Peyton International® brand. Through O'Grady Peyton International, you can employ English-speaking international nurses with U.S. acute-care type of skills and training.

During 2005, we launched NurseChoice® InDemand to address our clients' urgent, high-demand nursing needs in the shortest amount of time. NurseChoice offers short-term staffing assignments that bridge the gap between per-diem and longer-term assignments to enhance consistency of care. NurseChoice also offers a Specialized Staffing program for your hard-to-fill unique positions.

What is the benefit of choosing an international nurse?

Due in part to a nursing shortage in the United States, acute-care facilities are looking for nurses outside the United States, such as Canada and other English-speaking countries abroad. International nurses are typically on staff for a longer period of time—usually 18-24 months.

What special skills or competencies does AMN require for its travel nurses?

Each nurse employed by AMN Healthcare has a minimum of 10 months of experience in his or her specialty. Some require a greater level of experience. Initial screening includes a background check, licensure verification and a review of skill sets appropriate to clinical areas. AMN provides continuing education for its nurses to ensure that they meet the highest clinical standards. AMN Healthcare publishes an annual Workplace Safety and Standard Manual, which outlines regulatory information including Joint Commission, OSHA and HIPAA information for annual review. AMN Healthcare also employs a number of registered nurse clinical liaisons available 24 hours a day to answer clinical questions from travel nurses and client employees. In addition, the company provides free continuing education to its travel nurses.

How do hospitals staff appropriately in a nursing shortage?

Today, hospital leadership understands that seasonal fluctuations, illnesses (flu epidemics), new unit openings, staff vacancies and other scenarios create an ongoing need for supplemental staffing. AMN Healthcare is sensitive to the concerns of facilities across the United States that are dealing with a shortage or ongoing staffing challenges as a normal part of conducting business. That's why AMN Healthcare works with the healthcare business community so that we can be a part of the hospitals' and other medical facilities' staffing model. AMN representatives can work with healthcare facilities to find highly qualified nurses, physicians and allied professionals to fill immediate needs, so patients continue to receive excellent care regardless of staffing vacancies.

What types of physician staffing do you provide?

We provide temporary and permanent physician staffing services to hospitals, medical groups and other healthcare providers across the United States through our physician staffing organizations. We place physicians across many specialties on a locum tenens basis (temporary) under our Staff Care® brand as independent contractors with all types of healthcare organizations. Physicians are recruited nationwide and typically placed on multi-week contracts. Assignments range from a few days to one year, depending on your specific staffing requirements. We also provide permanent physician placement services under our Merritt, Hawkins & Associates® brand, one of the oldest and largest physician search firms in the United States. Our broad specialty offerings include more than 40 specialist and sub-specialist opportunities.

What types of allied healthcare staffing do you provide?

We provide short- and long-term allied healthcare professional staffing to acute-care hospitals, medical groups, skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation clinics, schools and retail, specialty and mail-order pharmacies under our Med TravelersSM, Rx Pro HealthSM and Platinum Select brands. Med Travelers and Platinum Select work with imaging technologists and therapists, such as physical, occupational and speech therapists, and Rx Pro Health offers pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

How quickly can you find a healthcare professional for my facility?

We have placed healthcare professionals within a few days of receiving a staffing request and as early as five months before the start date. Our vast, diverse network of qualified healthcare personnel lets us locate the most qualified candidate for your facility, no matter what your staffing need.

Is it possible to extend a temporary assignment?

Yes, in fact many of our healthcare professionals extend with our clients beyond their initial assignment. You can extend a temporary assignment for any duration that suits your staffing requirements.

How do you recruit healthcare professionals?

AMN Healthcare distinguishes itself from other healthcare staffing companies by using a multi-brand recruitment strategy. This enables us to attract thousands of U.S. and internationally-trained clinical professionals. We also have differentiated ourselves in the marketplace through the aggressive use of the Internet as part of our recruitment strategy. This includes reaching out to thousands of healthcare professionals globally every day through our recruitment Web sites. Our Internet presence includes several award-winning portal Web sites dedicated to the needs of nursing professionals, including NurseZone®, TravelNursing.comSM, NursingJobs.com, NewPhysician.com , RN.com®, AnesthesiaZone.comSM and NurseConnect, and pharmacy professionals, including Pharmacy Choice®, Rx Career Center® and RxSchool®. We also advertise extensively in all major industry publications and attend many national and regional healthcare trade shows.

Temporary healthcare professionals are attracted to AMN due to our long-standing reputation for providing high-level service, extensive assignment opportunities, a comprehensive benefits package and word-of-mouth referrals from our thousands of current and former healthcare professionals.

Why would a provider work on a temporary basis?

Physicians, nurses and allied healthcare professionals practice on a temporary basis for many reasons including:

  • Seeking flexible work opportunities.
  • Exploring different areas of the country.
  • Building their clinical skills and résumé by working at prestigious healthcare facilities.
  • Escaping the demands and political environment of working as a permanent staff member.
  • Working through life and career transitions.
  • Earning competitive pay and enjoying industry-leading benefits.

How do you screen your healthcare professionals?

We fully prepare our healthcare professionals to become part of your team. All of our healthcare professionals meet our strict standards for job experience and education. Through our Quality Management and Assurance departments, we carefully screen all candidates for their skills, credentials, knowledge and experience, based on the criteria supplied by our client's facility. We focus heavily on a high degree of continuing education, ensuring that our clinicians provide the best patient care. We continue to evaluate our temporary healthcare professionals after they are placed to ensure satisfactory performance, as well as to determine feasibility for future placements.

Who is responsible for providing accommodations for the temporary healthcare professional?

Under our standard service agreement, AMN Healthcare's housing department will find suitable accommodations for the temporary clinicians you employ through us. We negotiate contracts with national property management and furniture rental companies to leverage our size and obtain favorable pricing and terms.

Who is responsible for providing professional liability insurance for temporary healthcare professionals?

AMN provides each traveler with their own professional liability policy, with coverage limits of $1 to $2 million.

What is the first step I need to take if I have a staffing need?

The first step is to present your staffing needs to a Regional Director. Our Contact List provides contact information for the Regional Director in your area. Or, you can call our toll-free number at (866) 871-8519 and be directed to the appropriate person.

Does AMN offer Vendor Management Services (VMS)?

Yes, AMN Healthcare offers AMN Managed Services. Our experienced staffing management professionals will provide you with personalized service and technology solutions that will improve the financial, operational and clinical performance of your supplemental staffing function. For more information visit our AMN Managed Services Web page or call 866.873.0665.


If you are seeking qualified nurses, physicians or allied healthcare professionals to fill staffing vacancies, we can help. Learn how AMN Healthcare can help you find effective healthcare staffing solutions.

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