Frequently Asked Questions

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Axis Medical Staffing FAQ

Here, you’ll find comprehensive answers to the most frequently asked questions about assignments with Axis. Whether you’re new to the scene or a seasoned veteran, this guide has something for you. So go ahead, explore and let us guide you through your next great adventure!

Getting Started

How Do I Become a Traveler With Axis?

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Ready to get started? Simply apply here or call us at 1.888.299.2947 to speak directly with a recruiter. The initial steps involve submitting your online application. Once we have your information, we will discuss potential assignments that suit your qualifications and interests.

How Do I Find Available Jobs?

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You can browse our current job listings by visiting our jobs page. This will give you an idea of the wide range of opportunities we offer in various locations and specialties.

Can I Become a Traveler as a New Grad?

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Unfortunately, no. Industry standards generally require travelers to have at least one to two years of applicable experience. Before gaining this experience, you must also pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).

How Soon Should I Start Applying for Assignments?

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The sooner, the better! Early application improves your chances of landing your preferred assignment and gives you time to sort out logistical details.


Does Axis Work With First-Time Travelers?

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Absolutely, Axis specializes in supporting first-time travelers. We provide a single point of contact, dedicated support, and prioritize building strong relationships with our nurses. This ensures that you feel fully supported as you navigate the unique challenges and rewards of your first contract.

What Should First-Time Travelers Expect?

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Expect a mix of excitement, learning, and adaptation. While Axis provides ample support, assignments demands adaptability and proactivity.

How Does Axis Fulfill Its Promise of Making Their Travelers a Priority?

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Axis puts travelers first by offering a primary point of contact service model, ensuring you have a personalized and unmatched travel experience. Whether it’s helping you find the perfect assignment, navigating state licensure, or addressing any concerns you may have, your dedicated Axis contact is there to provide all the support you need. With Axis, you’re not just a number; you’re a Rock Star.

What Should I Expect on My First Assignment?

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Expect an adventure! While we offer extensive support, assignment requires you to be adaptable and resourceful, as each facility has its own set of rules and culture.

What Should I Pack?

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Pack the essentials, from nursing licenses to personal necessities, but remember, travel light. You can always purchase additional items at your destination.

How Can I Become an Axis Traveler of The Month?

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To become an Axis Traveler of the Month, you’ll exemplify core values including Commitment, Passion, Integrity, Accountability, and Teamwork. It’s not just about excelling in your role; it’s also about positively impacting your team, the community and healthcare facility. Typically, you’ll be nominated by an Axis recruiter who recognizes your outstanding contributions. If chosen, you’ll be celebrated across our social media channels, highlighted in a dedicated blog post, and receive a special prize to honor your achievements.

Compliance and Onboarding

What Are The Compliance Requirements?

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Before beginning your assignment, you’ll need to complete various health screenings, background checks, and drug tests. Your vaccination records will also need to be up to date. The various requirements will depend on each facility.

Will I Receive Orientation When I Start a New Assignment?

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Yes, orientation varies depending on the healthcare facility but in addition to first day instructions, you can expect an on-site orientation to acclimate you to your new role.

Are There Any Compliance Requirements That Are Required Annually?

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This will depend on each facility. Most facilities require drug screens, TB tests, physicals, flu shots, and Joint Commission assessments to be completed each year, so it’s important to keep these documents up to date.

Will Axis Help Coordinate Appointments For Any Compliance Items I Need?

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Yes, your Onboarding Specialist will help coordinate anything you need and will partner with you to ensure you are successfully compliant and start on schedule.

Are First Day Instructions Provided Prior To Starting an Assignment?

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Yes, first day instructions are provided directly to the traveler either by the agency, client, or the facility. These instructions are typically sent the Thursday or Friday before start dates and will include any necessary information needed for the first day/week.

Can I Obtain My BLS, ACLS, and PALS Through Any Provider?

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Most facilities only accept these certifications through the American Heart Association (AHA). We always recommend getting them through AHA as it’s guaranteed to be accepted. Please click on the following link to find a training center near you:

Should I Keep Record Of My Compliance Items For Future Assignments?

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Yes, many of the requirements will carry over to future requirements, but some will not. Having all your records in one place makes it easy for you to complete future compliance processes.

Will I Work With a Dedicated Person For Compliance?

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Yes, you will have an Onboarding Specialist who will assist you with everything required to start your assignment for a seamless transition. Your Onboarding Specialist will work with you throughout your employment with Axis to ensure you remain compliant.

How Do I Complete My Onboarding?

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Our applicant portal, LEAP, is your one-stop-shop for completing compliance. You can upload copies of your certifications, clinical records, licenses, etc. and complete any required documentation in LEAP that your Compliance Specialist has assigned you.

Are There Any Compliance Requirements That Are Required To Be Updated On An Annual Basis?

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Yes. Axis is a Joint Commission accredited staffing agency and required to update certain credentials each year. Your physical, TB test, competency exams, drug screen, background check, and flu shot must be updated each year. Some facilities may require additional items be renewed as well however your Compliance Specialist will work with you every step of the way.

Licensing and Certifications

How Does Licensing Work as a Traveler?

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An active RN license for the state of your assignment is essential. If the state is part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), a single multi-state license covers you. However, for non-NLC states, a state-specific license is necessary. For more information, check out our interactive licensing map on our State Licensure page.

Do I Need Special Certifications?

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Certain assignments may require additional certifications like ACLS, BLS, or PALS. It’s best to keep these up to date to maximize your assignment options.

Do You Work With Canadian Nurses?

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Yes, we do! Canadian nurses must meet certain licensure requirements to work in the U.S. For more details on these requirements, please visit our Requirements for Canadian RNs page.


How Long Are Travel Assignments?

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Most assignments are between 13 and 26 weeks, although this can vary.

Can I Choose My Assignment Location?

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Absolutely! Your preferences guide our search for your ideal assignment. Being flexible with locations helps to ensure that you will have more options to choose from.

Can You Cancel a Contract?

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Canceling a contract is subject to the terms specified in your agreement. If you have a personal emergency or genuinely feel that your license is in danger, consult your manager and recruiter immediately. Cancellation should only be a last resort and is best done with sufficient notice.

Do You Staff Local Positions?

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Yes, we offer both local and travel assignments tailored to fit your personal and professional needs. Work with your recruiter to find the perfect assignment for you.

Where Do You Staff?

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We staff nationwide, offering a variety of locations and clinical settings to choose from.

What Questions Should I Ask My Recruiter?

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Key questions to ask include inquiries about the hospital environment, nurse-to-patient ratio, and responsibilities. Also, ask about the shift, schedule, and orientation process. For more details on housing and benefits, refer to their respective sections in this FAQ. These are great starting points for any additional questions you may have.

How Far In Advance Should I Submit My Online Application Before Starting a Travel Nursing Assignment?

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We recommend submitting your online application 4-8 weeks before your planned start date. This allows time for the application process, submitting your profile to open positions, conducting interviews, going through credential verification and the onboarding process, as well as securing housing and making travel arrangements. Following this timeline ensures a smoother transition and increases your chances of landing your preferred assignments.

Ending an Assignment

What Happens When My Assignment Ends?

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When an assignment wraps up, you can either extend it, take a new assignment, or enjoy some well-deserved time off—the choice is yours!

How Soon Can I Start a New Assignment?

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You can begin a new assignment as soon as your current contract ends. It’s best to coordinate logistics and assignment details with your recruiter.

Compensation and Benefits

What Benefits Do You Offer To Travelers?

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Yes, Axis offers comprehensive benefits, including health, dental, and vision insurance, plus much more. Check out our benefits page here!

Do You Offer Reimbursements for Travel, Licensure, Etc.?

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Yes, your pay package with Axis is fully customizable and can include reimbursements for travel, licensure, and other expenses. Chat with your recruiter about this in more detail.

When Will I Get Paid?

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Expect weekly payments through direct deposit, making it easy and convenient to access your earnings.


What Are My Housing Options?

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You can choose from Axis-arranged housing or opt for a housing stipend, which will be included in your weekly paycheck. Certain qualifications must be met for the stipend. 

For more ideas on where to scope out housing options for travelers, check out our blog here.

Can I Bring My Family And/Or Pets With Me?

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Absolutely! Many housing options are pet-friendly and suitable for families.


Find more here at our Blog page.

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