An independent nurse contractor is a self employed nurse who works with hospitals and healthcare facilities on a contractual basis.
These nurses provide medical assistance to healthcare facilities that may be dealing with a nursing shortage or are in need of additional nurse assistance.
While independent nurse contracting may be confused with travel nursing due to their many similarities there are some fundamental difference between the two types of nurses.
For starters independent nurse contractors work for themselves rather than working for an agency as travel nurses do.
Second because independent nurse contractors are self employed they are often responsible for negotiating their own salaries, travel expenses, housing, benefits and other costs associated with reallocation and travel.
Less experienced independent nurse contractors may have difficulty negotiating for themselves or locating potential work.
On a more positive note experienced independent nurse contractors may find it easier to locate specific work or employment opportunities that they wish to apply for since they do not have to rely on particular agencies ability to find a specific job.
No one agency has all potential nursing job listings, so travel nurse may be limited by which listings are available to them and may be limited to the housing accommodations that were negotiated between the agency and the employer.
Experienced nurses also have the ability to negotiate better terms based on their training, education, experience and negotiation skills, which can range from increased pay to better housing or medical coverage.
Determining whether to work for an agency or work as an independent contractor is often a decision based on the nurses experience and comfort level.
Some of the things an independent contractor or agency may negotiate with a healthcare facility during the hiring process may include:
- Negotiated salary
- Medical benefits
- Coverage for housing
- Transportations reimbursement
- Potential permanent job offerings
In terms of responsibilities independent nurse contractors perform all of the same duties of a regular employed nurse.
They provide patients with medical advice, monitor vital signs, keep medical records, administer medications, assist with rehabilitation programs, work with doctors and other nursing and perform other duties related to their work.
Independent nurse contractors can enjoy the freedom of having more flexibility with their schedules and time, and can negotiate their own terms; however by working on their own nurse contractors are also responsible for finding their own work, negotiating their salary and choosing their travel accommodations.