10 Common Healthcare Traveler Questions Answered

by Howard Gerber on May 23, 2013

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Before you make a decision on whether a healthcare travel job is a good fit, you probably have a lot of questions. Becoming well informed on what to expect with travel assignments will help you decide if you should pursue a healthcare travel job. Some common questions are answered below.

 

 

  1. Do you pick your own assignments? You always get to decide what assignments to take. If you have a specific location you want to go to, you may not get an assignment there immediately so you may be offered other locations. You can always turn down assignments until you get exactly what you are looking for.
  2. Will you need a medical license in the state you will be working?  Depending on what healthcare job you have, you may need a license in the state where your assignment will be. Nurses may fall under the Interstate Nurse License Compact, which allows nurses to practice in their home state and other states participating in the agreement. If you need to pay for a state license, your staffing agency may be willing to reimburse you.
  3. What benefits are usually included? Benefits offered may vary, so it is important to read your contact carefully. Usually health insurance is available. Sometimes dental or vision may also be part of the benefit package. Paid time off offered varies by contract.
  4. Can you bring a family member with you on your assignment?  You can bring family members with you on assignment. Keep in mind, not all housing offered will be large enough for a family. You may be able to negotiate for a larger place or take the housing allowance and find your own place to stay while on assignment.
  5. How long are most travel assignments?  The length of assignments varies, but many are about 13 weeks long. In some instance, you may be able to extend your contract after the 13 weeks.
  6. How much experience do you need to work as a healthcare traveler? The amount of experience you need to work as a traveler varies. In general, most recruiting agencies want you to have at least one year of experience.
  7. Do you have to register your car while on assignment? Whether you register your car or not in your new state is up to you. Since many assignments are only 13 weeks, it may not be necessary. You can contact the Department of Motor Vehicles in the state you will be traveling to for additional information.
  8. What type of housing is offered while you are on assignment? You may be offered a private apartment or shared housing with a roommate. The size of the apartment will vary. Most housing will be furnished. You can also take a housing allowance and find your own place.
  9. What happens when your travel assignment ends? Shortly before or after your assignment ends you can let your agency know if you would like another assignment. Extending your contract at your current assignment may also be an option. Of course, there is always the option to go back home.
  10. How do you know a healthcare travel job is right for you? If you love new experiences and want to travel, working as a traveler may be a good fit. You may not be sure until you give it a try. But remember, sometimes you have to take a chance and just go for it!
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