Travel Assignments: Never A One-Size Fits All
When healthcare professionals hear about the opportunities available for travel nurses and therapists, many worry that the contract length will be too long or that the opportunities are all the same. Maybe at one time when travel healthcare staffing was in its infancy, but that is not the case any longer. More than ever before, travel nurses and therapists are using travel contracts to bolster their career and gain invaluable experience as they improve their craft. Let’s take a look at travel contracts in today’s world.
Contract Length. Travel Nurses and Travel Therapists are fortunate in that there is no one specific assignment length for a contract. While the 13-week assignment is typical, travel contracts can encompass any length of time, from 4-weeks to 13-weeks, to 26-weeks. Nurses and therapists interested in starting a career in travel should talk to their recruiter and decide on the key components of their perfect travel assignment.
Hours and Schedules. In searching for travel opportunities that will fit your lifestyle, it is important to determine what type of schedule you are looking for. Travel opportunities come in all shapes and sizes so communicating your specific needs with your recruiter is an important aspect of a successful assignment. Travel nurses can choose to work any type of shift imaginable, from standard day shift schedules, four tens, three twelves, night shifts, mid shifts, etc. Some travel assignments provide a guaranteed number of hours per week, while others may expect the traveler to be more flexible.
Contract types. One type of travel nurse job that gets overlooked at times is that of an agency nurse. Similar to what most people know of per-diem nursing, an agency nurse agrees to work on a casual or on-demand basis. Typically, agency nurses will command higher salaries, but they may also be assigned as a regional nurse being available to multiple hospitals in a regional health system. Other opportunities are listed as temporary to permanent or direct hire.
Specialties. Whether a Registered Nurse or a Certified Physical or Occupational Therapist, Advanced Practice Nurse, or Speech Language Pathologist, whatever your skills and specialty happen to be, there is a travel opportunity available. While Med/Surg Nurse opportunities abound, L&D Nurses, ICU, NICU, Telemetry, Oncology, ER, and other departments are continually available for travelers. Therapy positions are available in a school setting, skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, Home Health and Hospital Settings. As a traveler, whatever setting is in your comfort zone can be found by your recruiter. On the flip side of that coin is that travel assignments are perfect opportunities to step outside of your comfort zone and work in a new clinical setting to gain additional experience and perspective. The temporary nature of travel assignments is very conducive to exploring career development opportunities.
Your key to a long and successful career as a travel nurse, travel therapist, or travel therapy assistant is finding the right recruiter and cultivating a relationship with them. The goal is to ensure that they understand your needs and what is important to your career. A strong recruiter can help you in every aspect of finding an assignment, preparing for an assignment, helping you negotiate your contract, and even finding housing. Supplemental Health Care recruitment professionals match the needs of their talent with the needs of clients. They are the conduit to helping healthcare organizations maintain the quality of care and services by providing them with the talented healthcare professionals qualified to help in that mission.
If you haven’t considered travel healthcare in the past or if you haven’t considered it recently, now is the time to see how much things have changed and the benefits that can help you grow your career. Reach out to a Supplemental Health Care recruiter today and express your interest in learning more.
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