We are empowered travelers

I was frustrated and vented to my best friend over margaritas in 2014. Why was it so hard to find an honest recruiter? I was drinking away my blues from finding out that day that I was working a contract and making about $400 less a week than a co-worker who had the same company as me (just a different recruiter).

“Recruiters are allowed to just pay us anything they want?! They are treating us like a used car sales lot!” I said. “I wish there were a place that we could go to find the honest recruiters, how are we even supposed to know who is being fair without learning the hard way? My recruiter seems so nice, so I just trusted him. I feel like a fool!”

A few hours later, fueled by passion and margaritas, we had come up with the first blueprint for Nomadicare. “If we want things to change, let’s create it!” we said. It was written on a napkin at that Mexican food restaurant with a borrowed pen from our waitress. And now, years later, that vision has come to life, and the dream of transparency for us travelers just keeps growing!

What do we need to change?

The first step for me was learning the ins and outs of the industry. Why was it set up the way it was? What was a recruiter’s role, and what made a great one? I interviewed hundreds of recruiters, CEOs, and different players in the industry. I sat next to recruiters at varying agencies for days and watched how they worked and what motivated them. I learned everything about pay, profits, and contracts. I interviewed thousands of travelers to make sure I knew what was important to us collectively. And I was able to find out what is fair for travelers to ask for, and what makes the best recruiters for us.

To sum up a perfect recruiter in 5 words: We needed knowledge, integrity, follow-up, empathy, and transparency.

I was on a mission to find these honest recruiters from dozens of different companies and create a website that travelers could find recruiters they trust. And by working with dozens of companies, we could also match travelers to the right agencies for them. The ones who have access to the locations they want and have the benefits they need.

That dream came to life, and Nomadicare’s custom matching was born. Travelers would tell us in a survey where they wanted to go and what benefits were must-haves, and we would pair them with two honest recruiters who also had the benefits and locations they wanted.

What does it mean to be empowered?

My next goal was education. It was so important to me to make sure travelers felt empowered and had access to unbiased information. I had learned so much in my research phase of Nomadicare. Things I wished I knew from the start! I wanted travelers to have their own knowledge so they could easily spot red flags in recruiters and contracts. The education would be kind, clear, and use simple language.

The industry is not all that complicated, but it is very confusing to figure out which resources are honest. Facebook groups are full of contradicting and poorly researched information, which creates fear and distrust. But when information is honest and simple, it allows you to feel a sense of ease. That is what I wanted to give to the industry!

From that dream, the Empowered Travelers Facebook Group, the free traveler guides, the Fair Pay Calculator, and the Empowered Travelers Youtube Channel were born.

And it’s also why we decided that every traveler that uses Nomadicare to get a recruiter match would get paired with an expert traveler mentor. We become part of your team.

With education and matching going great, my heart started craving a way to bring even more transparency to the industry. And I was learning a lot about technology! It has such potential to create big changes.

What can we do different?

Job boards at that time were full of fake jobs, over-inflated pay promises, and were just a modern “bait and switch” to get a traveler’s contact details. Also, getting your paperwork in fast enough to actually submit to any of those jobs was tricky.

But with the right technology, job boards could be a place to learn about pay trends and to see real jobs as they open. You could also allow travelers to control and store their own paperwork so they could be submittal ready without a lot of friction. The goal is simply to create a technology that allows travelers to see a job that is real and be able to submit fast enough to get an interview.

And so with that dream, the Nomadicare anti-bait-and-switch job board with instant matching technology came to life. And Nomadicare brought the amazing new technology to the agencies, so honest pay packages can be shown to travelers faster and easier without all the manual work from the past.

With honesty, integrity, and transparency in the industry – what is left? Simply an amazing travel career! Getting paid to travel should be the adventure of a lifetime where you get to learn more about yourself and enjoy life. Nomadicare is here for you to have the ability to enjoy traveling and exploring without the fear of being lied to. No more being the traveler who showed up making 400 dollars less a week than your co-worker like I did.

I am honored to serve you and this industry to help make it everything it can be for all of us! Stay tuned for even more products coming around the corner 😍And please share Nomadicare to your travel friends so we can keep the empowered traveler movement going!

Laura Latimer
Founder, CEO, Lover of Lattes
Nomadicare

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Additional Reimbursements

Did your offer come with something extra that would cost the staffing agency money? This may include a CEU class, scrubs, or sign on bonuses. Don’t worry if this section is blank, most offers don’t have extra reimbursements.

Travel Reimbursements

This is tax-free money that is paid to you to help you pay for the expense of traveling to your assignment. Many staffing agencies pay for this per mile up to a certain amount. They will usually pay this on your first paycheck or split between your first paycheck and last. If you are traveling a short distance this could be a very small amount.

Also, it’s becoming more popular for an agency to not offer this at all. It’s really not a big deal though. If you don’t get travel reimbursement money you should make a bit more in your weekly pay so many times it all equals out.

Weekly Housing Stipends

If you have a tax home you can get money in two ways: Your taxable base pay per hour + tax-free stipends that help pay for your housing and meals in your new city. This is usually presented to travelers on a weekly or per shift basis.

The government tells the staffing agency the maximum they are allowed to pay travelers based on the cost of living in each zip code.

The staffing company does not usually get to pay us the full amount since they only have the amount the facility is willing to pay for us. That may end up being less than the government’s max, if so, no worries. This is okay as long as the total package is fair.

Weekly Meal Stipends

If you have a tax home you can get money in two ways: Your taxable base pay per hour + tax-free stipends that help pay for your housing and meals in your new city. This is usually presented to travelers on a weekly or per shift basis.

The government tells the staffing agency the maximum they are allowed to pay travelers based on the cost of living in each zip code. The staffing company does not usually get to pay us the full amount since they only have the amount the facility is willing to pay for us. That may end up being less than the government’s max, if so, no worries. This is okay as long as the total package is fair.

Weekly Insurance Costs

Medical insurance can impact your final paycheck a lot since it will deduct pay from your check each week. If you are taking the company health insurance, you are going to want to know up front about how much this will cost you per week.

The average is around $30 a week but some companies charge as much as $100 a week to their travelers and some offer some health insurance options for free. If you are not taking their insurance just set this to zero.

Hours per week

For this calculation, put the hours per week you are expecting to work. And then feel free to run it again with the hours you are guaranteed. Many times contracts have guaranteed hours that are lower than the expected hours.

Guaranteed hours means if the facility doesn’t need you to come in, you will still get paid as long as it was their choice and not yours to not work.

Also, find out if this contract has any “call off shifts” where the hospital can call you off without pay a certain number of times per contract. This is common and not a deal breaker but just good to know!

Length of assignment

In travel nurses and allied health the most common length of a travel assignment is 13 weeks. If you are looking for a contract shorter or longer just ask! Sometimes facilities or hospitals who hire you will be flexible.

Taxable rate per hour

If you have a tax home you can get money in two ways: Your taxable base pay per hour + tax-free stipends that help pay for your housing and meals in your new city.

If you do not have a tax home all of your pay will be taxed and put in this field.

Good to know: Your taxable base pay is the only part of your paycheck that is legally considered income. The average taxable base pay is $20 but you might get offers higher or lower than this. It’s the only part of your paycheck that is taxed

Nomadicare’s purpose is to empower. It’s the lifeblood that flows through every single thing we create. We are here to make sure every traveler has all the transparent knowledge they need to make empowered decisions. We want you to feel confident so you can live your dream!

Nomadicare is partnered with dozens of companies and each of those companies have access to different settings, locations, and exclusive contracts. We know their benefit options and who have jobs in each location. We will match you to the best recruiters for you and your goals. Every single recruiter has been vetted and comes with the Nomadicare guarantee.
You can browse the open jobs from many of our company partners on the Nomadicare’s anti bait and switch job board. When you see one that catches your eye, the goal is to apply asap. Jobs are closing faster than ever with all the craziness this year so speed is our best friend. When you request an interview, we’ll instantly match you with the vetted recruiter who posted that job.
Typically 0-3 months before you are ready to start your next assignment is best. A short quiz will give us a picture of who you are, and what you are looking for. After the quiz we’ll have everything we need to match you with the perfect recruirer for your travel goals
If you know where you want to go and you’re ready to travel, Instant Matching is perfect for you. You can browse the open jobs from many of our company partners on the Nomadicare’s anti bait-and-switch job board. When you see one that catches your eye, the goal is to apply asap. Jobs are closing faster than ever with all the craziness this year so speed is our best friend.
We highly recommended being ready! Having all of your documents and being super responsive are key. Speed is the biggest factor in getting the job you want. We recommend using a free service like Kamana, which you can share your online resume, credentials, and licenses with a single link to any of our vetted recruiters when requesting an interview.
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