The facility: The one who pays for everything else

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

You wouldn’t play a game without knowing the players and the rules right? Don’t do it for your career either, travel allied health. I’m here to teach you all the important players that can be involved in each of your travel allied health assignments.

Why it matters: Knowing who controls which piece of your journey, what their limitations and motivations are, and knowing when to ask what questions (and to who) puts you in the driver’s seat. Buckle up, and get ready for a crash course in travel allied health!

The facility or hospital

Who they are: This is the player who has a need, the money, and is willing to pay extra for a traveler to fill their need. Everything else exists because of the hospital or facility paying. Staffing agencies call them their “clients”. They are paying customers to the staffing agency.

Who they are not: Your actual employer. They are your supervisors while you’re working but your employer is the staffing agency. They will be the ones who give you a performance review as well.
Their role

What they need and do: They are busy and short-handed. They need an allied health traveler to fill a temporary need. They need a tech or therapist that has proficient clinical skills, can treat patients with confidence right away with limited guidance, and can be a team player for 13 weeks. They outsource the sourcing, hiring, and credentialing process to the staffing agency. They are the ones who interview different candidates that the agencies bring to them.

If they pick you, your agency will do the work to get your paperwork set up on behalf of the facility to have you ready to go on day one. It is the job of the facility to communicate to the staffing agency what their requirements are for you to start with them. Each facility will have different requirements for things like which drug test panel they will accept or what materials you need to review before day one.

Who they interact with the most: Account managers from staffing agencies or account managers from an MSP. (Not you, and not the recruiter).

How to impress them to get the job

  • Your profile: The work history, skills checklist, and credentials that the agency sends to them.
  • Your flexibility and availability: Are you agreeing to float? Do you have a lot of time-off requests?
  • Your speed: How fast they get the profile, the faster you are the more likely to get the phone interview.
  • You: The personality and clinical skills you display to them during the phone interview.

What motivates them: Hiring someone qualified who is flexible, clinically able to safely treat their patients right away, and a team player.

What frustrates them: Hiring a traveler that calls in sick a lot. Or refuses to be flexible to help if needs change while on assignment (within reason). Travelers who don’t get along with the team. Travelers who think they know better than everyone else because they came from somewhere that did things differently. You should know that travelers who cancel their contract for small reasons or without proper notice and travelers who display poor clinical skills may get blacklisted. This basically stops them from being hired or even considered for the whole hospital system in the future.

The other players

The facility isn’t the only one playing in this game. Check out the rest of these people (and not-people too) and how they’re a part of your travel allied health journey.

  • Travel allied health agencies – Your employer & the middle man
  • VMSs and MSPs – The robots you need to make happy
  • The account manager – The facility’s point of contact
  • The recruiter – The most important player for the traveler experience
  • The allied health traveler – You! (The talent 😊)

 

Cheers to the travel allied health game being a win-win for everyone,

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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