How to START your Travel Healthcare Professional Career Part 2

As we mentioned in PART ONE, thirty years in the healthcare travel industry gives our experienced, professional healthcare recruiters knowledge that so many others do not yet have.

Once you have researched agencies, connected with a recruiter, and have some clinical experience under your belt you should follow these next steps:

  • CREATE your RESUME: While you will be or should be required to complete an employment application with any reputable agency you seek, it is always a great idea to have an up-to-date resume to ship over to your recruiter to save you both time and energy. Detailed work histories are not only important in the process but required by every potential client.
  • PREPARE your DOCUMENTATION: Gather necessary documentation like transcripts, licenses, certifications, and immunization records. Every facility has unique requirements for a traveler to work in their facility, but the above items are wanted by every facility. The rest will come when the onboarding and credentialing team know the location selected.
  • Location and Housing Options: Perhaps you wish to start traveling locally or at minimum in the same state. Discuss what you need for housing and what is available. Perhaps you wish to work housing out on your own. You may also want to use the agency housing specialist to set it up on your behalf.

Now is the time. Reach out to one of our experienced recruiters to get all your questions answered. Leave us a message or call (309) 691-1500. You can also check us out and chat with us on our social networking sites.

How to START your Travel Healthcare Professional Career Part 1

This year Fidelity On Call will celebrate its 30th year in the industry. We have a team of the best healthcare professional recruiters in the industry and partner with some of the best healthcare facilities in the country. With that background, we want you to be a success in your travel career so we are sharing – over several posts – some information for selecting your travel company.

  • Research Agencies: Explore reputable travel nursing agencies. Get to know their length of time in business, payroll practices, reviews, and benefits offered.
  • Connect with Recruiters: Reach out to recruiters at the travel nursing agencies you’re interested in. Discuss your preferences, goals, and availability. Be transparent and ensure the agency allows you to switch recruiters if needed.
  • Gain Experience: You will need to acquire at least one to two years of clinical experience in your chosen specialty. Travel nursing requires experienced professionals and an experienced recruiter can help navigate this with you. We have many future RNs who reach out to us. We will keep you in our files and answer questions as you gain the experience you need in order to travel.

Start the research today! It’s a new year, new month. Now is the time. Reach out now to one of our experienced recruiters and ask all the questions. Contact us or call (309) 691-1500. You can also check us out and chat with us on our socials.

Are You Pursuing Your Dream Career?

Defining a dream career requires a nuanced understanding of the disparity between a mere job and a fulfilling career. Typically, a job is perceived as a position of employment, while a career is viewed as an occupation or profession, often demanding specialized training and serving as one’s lifelong pursuit.

Unfortunately, many healthcare professionals find themselves trapped in the routine of viewing their career as merely a job—a cycle of clocking in and out far, removed from the envisioned fulfilling path.

When healthcare professionals pursued their licenses or certifications, they were driven by the vision of a fulfilling career, persevering through demanding study sessions, late nights, and early mornings while balancing full- or part-time jobs. However, the reality they now face often feels more like a nightmare and a political charade rather than the dream they had hoped to achieve.

Many healthcare workers are facing overwhelming challenges due to feelings of depression, anxiety, and resentment. These emotions have made it difficult for them to continue in their roles, leading to a significant shortage of staff across the country.

In response, many healthcare professionals have discovered a sense of comfort in pursuing travel healthcare as their “dream” job. Although working for an agency may not have been their original career intention, it has become the preferred path for millions of satisfied healthcare professionals over the past four decades.

The appeal of the travel healthcare industry is rooted in the sense of freedom, flexibility, and stability it provides. For those who prioritize financial considerations, travel healthcare offers the freedom and flexibility to regain control, placing the professional back in the driver’s seat and reigniting the once-bright dream.

If you’re yearning to pursue your dream and are searching for more freedom, flexibility, and a balanced work-life approach, look no further. Connect with one of Fidelity On Call’s experienced and professional healthcare recruitment specialists to explore how we can help you attain the dream career you deserve.

Send us a message or give us a call: (309) 691-1500

Why Do You Ask For So Many Health Documents?

A question we often get is, “Why do we ask for so many health documents?”

The short answer is that Fidelity On Call has governing bodies to answer to. In fact, any reputable healthcare agency would have the same. Here in Illinois, we have:

✔ Illinois Department of Labor Health requirements
✔ Joint Commission
✔ Healthcare Facility Clients

You may find it interesting that every healthcare facility we work with requires different health documentation. In a perfect world it would be one unified list of requirements but, as you likely know from working IN healthcare, that is not the case.

To the point, our onboarding team here at Fidelity On Call is second to none. They streamline the entire process. So, while initially the request for information may seem overwhelming, when you work with one of our experienced healthcare onboarding professionals, they will walk you through resourcing and obtaining most things you already have, and if not, they will arrange for you to get what you need! It really is that simple. Also, they will save those items into your electronic file for future use should you need them!

Here are the basics you will need:

✔ Annual Physical
✔ Annual one step TB
✔ Covid/Flu Documentation or Declination
✔ Hep B (Series, titer or declination)
✔ MMR & Varicella (either two vaccines or titers showing immunity)
✔ Tdap within the last 10 years

As you can see, all these items you had to provide when starting nursing school. For some you may recall, for others you may not remember. WE CAN and WILL HELP!

Where We Are Going in 2024

In our Year In Review series, we’ve talked about where we’ve been, where we are, and how we are wrapping up 2023. Now let’s talk about where we are going in 2024.

Exciting New Benefits

We’ve been hard at work behind the scenes, crafting a fantastic 2024 for our elite team. Get ready for some new benefits rolling out next year, complementing our already stellar offerings.

More Freedom and Flexibility for Travel Nurses

Our elite team members already have the ability to choose their assignments and work when they want.

2024 brings paid time off that accrues with every shift you work. Your recruiter will have more details, so keep an eye out for that well-deserved time off.

Loyalty Bonuses

To our incredible long-term elite team members, we see you and appreciate your dedication. You’ve stood by us through thick and thin. We’re excited to share some exciting rewards with you in the coming year!

Expanding Horizons – Back to Our Roots

After navigating the challenges of the COVID chaos, we’re ready to expand our reach. Fidelity On Call is returning to some of our older markets, bringing opportunities galore! From central to southern, eastern to western, and even northern Illinois, there’s a place for everyone. Connect with your recruiter to explore opportunities both in and out of state – we’ve got it all covered!

Going On 30 Years of Excellence

Fidelity On Call, a true industry leader, will embark on its 30th year in business next year! With three decades of wisdom, we’ve seen it all and are beyond excited about the possibilities 2024 holds. Thank you for being part of our journey, and here’s to another year of excellence, growth, and shared success!