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Cardinal FAQs


Am I Good Fit For Agency Work?

Whether you are looking to supplement a permanent position your already work, or are looking for part or full time flexibility, agency work can be a great option.  Our knowledgeable staff will help meet your employment needs by matching you to a facility need based on your skill set.  You never have to worry about being sent to a job outside of your comfort level. If you have some free time and desire flexibility for your personal schedule, agency work will always be a great fit for you.

What Disciplines Are You Recruiting For?

We are currently hiring Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Certified Nursing Assistants, Medical Assistants, and all other Allied Health Professionals. Feel free to reach out to Cardinal today to see what positions we are currently in need of.

How Much Experience Is Required?

Our facilities trust us to send them skilled, highly qualified providers… they do not want to have to train you. Therefore, we require at least a year’s experience for the area you are working. You need to prove that you will be willing and able to hit the ground running.

What kind of paperwork do I need to fill out to get started?

We have an application, as well as reference and background forms that need to be filled out. Additionally, we will need copies of any licenses and certifications you currently hold, as well as various checklists and quizzes depending on your specialty. We will do our best to inform you of all required paperwork before you come in, so we can streamline this process for you as quickly as possible and get you working right away!

What should I bring with me to the interview?

Bring your completed application, immunization records, any professional licenses and certifications, 2 forms of government ID, any questions, and a great attitude.

How soon can I start working?

Once you have completed all the paperwork and finished all the tests, you will be ready to start.  The only possible delay will be if the facility you want to work at requires additional information or additional orientation. If that is the case, it may take a week or two to get you into a class.  We do have several facilities to place you at until that is possible.  In addition to completing all the paperwork, we require a background check and a drug screen. Once that is complete, we will get your working right away!

How much can I work?

We try out best to schedule you as much as you want. The best way to keep working is to be sure to keep us updated on your availability.

How flexible can my schedule be?

That is one of the BEST perks of agency work…you can be as flexible as you want to be. We will get your availability on a weekly basis…so if you are not available for the week, or for certain days or shifts, just let us know. If you want to work more shifts than you are normally available for, be sure to give us a call.   And if your schedule changes half way through the week, we can work with that too. The only thing we ask is that if you take a shift offered to you…you show up and work.

How soon in advance will I be offered shifts?

We try our best of offer shifts as much in advance as possible. Some shifts will be offered upwards of a week in advance. Hospital needs come up quickly though…and sometimes we will call you within 2 hours of a need! Again, flexibility is key.

What happens if I can’t work a shift I’ve agreed to?

We realize that sometimes “life happens”. If you have an emergency that comes up, you will be able to reach us 24 hours a day. We just ask that you call OUR OFFICE as soon as you know you won’t be able to work your shift so we can let the facility know, and get your shift covered.

How often and when do I get paid?

You will send your timecards to us each, and you get paid that for your previous week worked.

Do you offer referral bonuses?

If you have friends you think would make great Cardinal employees, you could be making some serious cash! We provide a referral bonus for every friend who qualifies under our bonus program. Feel free to contact Cardinal for all the requirements needed in order to receive your referral bonuses.



Why use a temporary staffing service?

Healthcare personnel shortages cost money and can damage the trust you work so hard to earn with the community, loss of revenue and cause concern because of delays, increased waiting times and cancellations. So for immediate results, facilities turn to Cardinal to find highly qualified nursing and allied health personnel to maintain revenue, patient flow and staff and community morale.

Are temporary healthcare providers as well-qualified as permanent providers?

A survey conducted in 2015 indicates that about 80 percent of healthcare administrators and department directors rate temporary healthcare providers equal or superior to their current staff providers. Cardinal has an extremely rigorous credentialing quality assurance to maintain the highest level of service. Each provider goes through an extensive in-house qualifying process and rigid underwriting by our medical malpractice carrier. We also collect feedback regarding provider performance and attitude during each placement.

 What special skills or competencies does Cardinal require for its nurses?

Each nurse employed by Cardinal has a minimum of one year of current 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. Cardinal encourages continuing education for its nurses to ensure that they meet the highest clinical standards. Cardinal publishes an annual Workplace Safety and Standard Manual, which outlines regulatory information including Joint Commission, OSHA and HIPAA information for annual review. THIS WOULD BE A GOOD WAY TO KEEP EMPLOYEES ON LONGER

What types of nurse and other allied health staffing do you provide?

We provide nurses and allied health professionals from all specialties, licensed practical or vocational nurses and advanced practice nurses in a wide variety of specialties (as well as various allied health professionals) for assignments ranging from a few shifts per month (per diem) to assignments of 13 to 26 weeks.

Is the healthcare staffing coverage for brief periods or long-term?

Both. The typical travel or local contract assignment runs 13 weeks. But Cardinal helps providers cover vacancies lasting from three days to one year. Facilities often realize significant savings by using temporary staffing providers to cover extensive vacancies. Outsourced employees are assigned on a full-time, part-time or as needed basis depending on the client’s staffing needs.

What are your fees/pricing?

There is no up-front fee for requesting healthcare staffing coverage through Cardinal. We operate on a contingency basis. Daily rates for temporary healthcare personnel vary according to specialty.

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 a few days before the start date. The Cardinal network of qualified healthcare personnel lets us locate the most qualified candidate for your facility.

 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?

Cardinal uses a multi-band recruitment strategy that allows us to attract healthcare professionals from all disciplines and specialties. This includes reaching out to thousands of healthcare professionals globally every day through various recruitment tools we possess through online and in person recruitment. One of our best recruitment source is referrals from current and former employees who recommend Cardinal to their coworkers.

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

The first step is to Contact us with your staffing needs!