Affordable online therapy for allied health travelers

Learn travel healthcare like a from fellow travelers (unbiased and honest)

 

Here you are.
In a brand new city.
In a brand new hospital.

And it hits you.‍

Shit.

You are LONELY.

‍And anxiety takes over.
And you just want to curl up.
And you think
‍”Why did I think this was a good idea?”

We’ve all been there.

As travelers, we are constantly stepping into the unknown.
We are choosing a life of uncertainty away from home.
That comes with mega blasts of cortisol and our sympathetic nervous system may be
hanging out in fight or flight mode for a wee too long.

It needs a break sometimes.

Plus, as an allied health traveler, you are in a caregiving role.
You care for people in their hardest times.
And sometimes, they sure don’t treat you with gratitude.
And sometimes, the staff doesn’t even act like a team.

So, it enters. Stress, anxiety, depression, sadness, loneliness, and a big scoop of self-doubt.
We are living our own nightmare version of “Inside Out” from Pixar!

What can we do?

Step one: Acknowledge that those feelings have come to play for a second. “What up feeling? I see you.”

‍Step two: Take a breath and know how normal this is. Actually, shockingly normal for those of you in the travel allied health industry. According to a 2012 report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative, about 9% of the population suffers from depression, and that number is doubled in healthcare workers. And… this study didn’t even take into account being an allied health traveler. But we could venture to guess the number is higher yet for us.

Step three: Be grateful for sadness.

Hard times in life are not bad. Actually, they are our biggest teachers. They connect us to our heart and realign us to our internal compass so we can re-assess what is important to us. ❤️

But when you are in one of those low times. (I know.) It’s hard to feel grateful for them. So…here is a resource to help us out when life is in the “giving us lessons” season.

Online therapy

As an allied health traveler, your happiness and mental health are essential to your successful career. But we’re changing locations every 13 weeks or so! It’s impossible to have a consistent therapist.

… or is it?

Betterhelp is what I tried for affordable online therapy while I was away from home.

Betterhelp turned out to be such a great resource. It got me through one of the toughest travel seasons of my life.

✅ It gives you unlimited therapy. I would usually do a video session one time a week and then write to my therapist throughout the week also. She always wrote back within 24 hours and many times way faster. I felt so heard and was able to process through what I was going through quickly.

✅ You can switch therapists. I did not love my first match. They made it so easy to just click a button and switch to a new one. Finding the right therapist style for yourself is crucial in your healing. Switch as much as you need until you feel great. (They have over 2000 registered)

✅ It fits all styles of communications and all types of challenges. No matter if it’s a breakup, an addiction, sexual abuse, depression or anything else someone in there is specialized in what you need. And you are in control of how to communicate. You pick if you are a face to face person (video) or voice only (phone) or a writer (chat feature).

✅ This online therapy was so much cheaper than paying for an in-person therapist!

✅ You can remain anonymous if you want.

✅ You can travel and still have a consistent person there as you are processing and working through something in your life.

Worth noting: They do not accept health insurance. But I found the price well worth it. I felt like I had a professional therapist in my pocket and for a few months. It was just what I needed!

And if all else fails. Puppies. 🙂

Wishing you joy and peace,

xo Laura

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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

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