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.

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Freedom and Flexibility for Travel Nurses

Fidelity On Call is all about freedom and flexibility. Whatever phase you are in your healthcare career, you really are in the driver’s seat as a travel nurse! If you’re interested in travel nursing, explore our website for all your options. Message us with questions!

Check out this video running on WEEK that features our own Kellie Short!

Back to Basics for Travelers

With Fidelity On Call, all of our travel nurses receive a contract that spells out everything that will happen during their assignment – rate of pay, days off, facility assignment, floor assignment and so much more.

Here are some of the basics you agree to:

1) Attendance

Travel nurses are the back up team. Facilities are already short staffed and when travelers are utilized, our attendance is paramount to the success of patient care at that facility.

-If you accept a travel contract, you are held accountable for the verbal and written agreement of working the shift and hours agreed to. Any personal time off must have been preapproved and in writing in the contract. Should something arise during the course of the contract, traveler should be communicating with their recruiter on the best course of action to take.

-If you have an emergency or illness that prohibits you from being able to work a scheduled shift, you would contact your recruiter. You would also alert the hospital that you are unable to make it.

-Any shifts you call off for must be made up as quickly as possible. That make up shift will not be paid as overtime. Make up shifts are paid at the contracted rate as regular hours.

2) Schedules

As a travel nurse, we ask you to send in your schedule to your recruiter once you receive it from the facility. Any changes that happen throughout the schedule provided us also need to be reported. This tracking is to help check and balance payroll and to help ensure we do not make errors on your payroll. Having your schedule also helps us figure out when to contact you if we need to reach you – helps to NOT Wake you up if you are a night shift worker.

3) Communication

They say communication is half the battle. Never truer words spoken. Communication in travel healthcare is paramount to ensure success for you as a traveler and also our success with you. If someone from the office team reaches out to you, please ensure you communicate back with that person as quickly as you are able to do so. Perhaps the calls are inquiries regarding payroll, schedule, compliance etc. All communication is important. Not responding leads to more work on both of our parts.

We appreciate our nurses who are dedicated to fulfilling every commitment of their contract. If you have questions on anything stated above, please contact your recruiter.

Are Healthcare Recruiters Important?

Who does not like to have a professional coach in their corner? With healthcare, it is no different. Having a professional, highly-trained healthcare recruiter that works for you is like having your own personal coach.

It is true that Fidelity On Call does not hire every person that applies. We do look for exceptional healthcare providers – ones we know share our mission and vision; ones that will be a good complement to our elite team. Our recruiters are on the front line of that screening process.

They not only advocate for their travel team member, but they work closely with our clients to ensure they are the best match for each other. A successful recruiter can find common ground if there are ever any issues. They can help facilitate flexibility. They ensure the traveler and client both have what they need in each assignment. This is paramount to the success of not just the client and their team, the traveler and their goals, but also to the patients that are being provided care.

Fidelity On Call believes in feedback. Whether that feedback is positive or negative, it is all instrumental in learning about professional development and both are equally important. We share openly and honestly with both our team members and our clients.

Our recruiters are on call. They are largely available 7 days a week. They work holidays, weekends and all the hours in between. That is something we have never waivered on. We know our healthcare team members work those days and if they have an emergency, we are there. If their personal recruiter is not available, they would still have another recruiter that is there for them.

At Fidelity On Call, we invest in people. Healthcare is the business of people. People caring for people.

I Love Nursing

For Valentine’s Day, we asked some of our elite team members what they love about being a travel nurse. Here are their responses…

What I love is my career affords me to do what I love and love what I do. Healthcare is complicated and complex. Travel healthcare gives me flexibility to change up the location, the type of units I work which, in turn, allows me to be a happier version of me and my family reaps in that happiness. – Jessica B

Travel nursing has improved my work/life balance by allowing me to have input on my schedule and when I need time off. I was able to take 8 weeks off over the summer to spend time with baby girl and I wouldn’t have had that chance if it wasn’t for Fidelity On Call. – Emma S

What I love most about my job is being able to provide excellent patient care during a patient’s most vulnerable moments! – Nichole C

Before I was a nurse I was employed in the travel industry for almost 20 years. I worked for a hotel chain, an airline and finally as a travel agent. Fast forward to now and I get to do the 2 things I love the most in the world (besides my son) – travel and nursing. I’m hoping to venture out of Central Illinois in a few years and travel to fun places where I can work and adventure. And because of Fidelity On Call, I can do this!!! – Angela H

I love being a nurse because I get to work with a great team who are as passionate and caring about their patients as I am. I get to meet people from diverse backgrounds, and I am always learning something new. I love that I get to be a part of my patients’ journey to recovery and that I can have a positive impact on their lives. – Kevin T

Simply put: I love being a nurse. I love helping patients during their time of need. I love educating families about the healing process. I love forming life-long bonds with my co-workers . . . even if I only work with them for 13 weeks. I love advocating for patient safety. I love teaching the next generation of nurses. P.S. I also love being paid what I’m worth, which seems to be only obtained through travel nursing. – Heather W

My number one goal is to provide outstanding care and to build trust from my patients and their loved ones. I truly appreciate that Carla is always there for me anytime I call. – Kennetria H

I love LOVE! I love my family and friends and LOVE taking care of people. I love my recruiters. I love my employer Fidelity On Call, I just love LOVE TO LOVE! – Mary L