10 Things every traveler should know
Still, there are certain steps or actions you can take before and during an assignment to ensure your time on the road is as enjoyable and stress-free as possible. Recently, Healthcare Traveler invited two veteran mobile providers and an experienced company representative to participate in a roundtable discussion about the factors travelers should understand before accepting any assignment. Read on to learn about some of the top issues facing every mobile professional today.
1. Who to contact if a problem arises
Sheila Groff (SG): Your travel company recruiter should be your Number One contact. I take my travelers' successes personally and want to help them in any way possible. My firm has clinical liaisons on staff who are able to lend valuable support and offer advice. If there is an issue in the practice setting, you should first report it to your unit manager at the hospital prior to calling your recruiter.
Jolene Kirkley (JK): I agree with Lorene—I would try to take care of clinical issues by myself or with my immediate supervisor. In addition, I might seek guidance from my recruiter or clinical liaison at my staffing agency.
2. Whether your hours—and hourly rate—are guaranteed
JK: Some people really want guaranteed hours but they are not that big of a deal to me. Right now, for instance, the hospital where I'm currently on assignment cannot guarantee my hours. But I've never had a shift cancelled and have never been sent home from an assignment because a facility's level of need changed. I feel that I'm there to help, and if my assistance is not needed, then I should not be paid for the time.
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