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Jun 25, 2024 9:15:00 AM

What to Know Before Accepting Your Travel Healthcare Assignment


Whether you’re new to traveling healthcare or a seasoned pro, there is always something new to learn and explore before accepting your new assignment. Let's discuss how to excel in travel healthcare and make the most of your adventures. We will help you understand what to consider before accepting a travel assignment to ensure it is the perfect fit.


Understand Your Personal Financial Situation

Let's dive into the money talk! Before you put pen to paper, ensure you're financially equipped for your upcoming journey as a traveling healthcare professional. And what does that look like?

It's important to have sufficient reserve to cover your expenses for at least the initial week or two of your assignment, as those paychecks and eligible stipends may be up to a week before you see them.

In addition to having a financial buffer, we recommend crafting a detailed budget that includes anticipated costs for travel expenses, food, housing accommodation, entertainment, and any miscellaneous costs you may encounter during your travel assignment. Being well-prepared financially ensures a smoother transition and a more enjoyable experience overall.


Weighing Your Housing Options and Nailing it Down

When it comes to finding housing for your travel adventure, flexibility and planning are key. Many travelers choose temporary housing options such as extended-stay hotels, furnished apartments, staying with friends or family, or short-term rentals through platforms like Airbnb or Furnished Finder. These options offer the convenience of fully furnished accommodation without a long-term lease commitment.

Make sure to research how far the facility where you’ll be working is from where you want to live, as this plays an important role. LRS Healthcare has a very knowledgeable traveler experience team ready to assist you with any housing questions and assistance to offer suggestions or go as far as to help you find and secure temporary housing!


Navigating Transportation and Getting Around

When embarking on a healthcare travel assignment, it’s important to know transportation options are available to you at your assignment’s destination.

Are there public transportation access points within walking distance of your housing and work locations? We suggest looking into local bus and subway routes and rideshare services to help you determine the most efficient and cost-effective way to commute.

Additionally, if you plan to bring your own vehicle, familiarize yourself with parking options and regulations at the facility, as well as public parking costs. By proactively addressing transportation logistics, you can plan out your daily commute ahead of time so you can focus on delivering quality care during your assignment.


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Essential Pre-Travel Checklist: Licenses, Certifications, and References

Before you can head off to your dream destination, make sure you've got all your ducks in a row. That means having current and updated licenses in the state where you're planning on working or snagging a multi-state license if you're diving into the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) states. LPNs and RNs don't forget to pack proof of your Basic Life Support certification (BLS), a clean bill of health from your last physical, and those all-important health records.

Oh, and don't forget to have your professional references ready! You can add or update them at any time right in your LRS Connect app. Facilities typically want to hear from at least two of your past supervisors/peers before sealing the deal.


Key Questions to Ask and Consider Before Accepting

When it comes to landing the ideal travel healthcare assignment, having the right knowledge is crucial! Before you say yes to that contract, be sure to ask your recruiter all the important questions. Wondering about scheduling, policies, pay packages, agency perks, or clinical specifics? We've got a handy list of questions you can fire off:


  1. Will I be working 8-hour or 12-hour shifts?
  2. What is the patient ratio at this facility?
  3. Will I be floating around from unit to unit, and how does the facility handle that?
  4. Is there a set schedule, or will it vary?
  5. Will there be OT pay?
  6. Is there holiday pay? If so, what is the rate?
  7. What about medical insurance and licensure reimbursement?
  8. Any company referral bonuses?

How about that charting system?

Remember, there's no such thing as a silly question – this is your career we're talking about, after all! After ensuring all your questions are answered, be sure to carefully read the entire contract one last time before signing up for your next big adventure! Pay attention to the start and end dates, cancellation penalties, insurance details, pay rates, and anything else that might affect your journey.


And there you have it – your roadmap to success in the world of travel healthcare! Remember, every assignment is a chance to learn, grow, and explore new horizons. When are ready to get started quickly apply here!


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