We know a lot of nurses that were offered $10,000 bonuses or more to leave travel and work staff. Most of these bonuses came with a two year commitment and lower hourly pay but it just sounded so good – $10,000!
Well, we want you to think about that one and calculate it out. When you work full time (36 hours a week), that averages out to only 2.67/hour. Plus, you no longer have your recruiter in your corner, you no longer can stay out of the politics and you sure don’t have the freedom and flexibility we offer.
Think about it . . . then give us a call. We are here to help you achieve your goals!
One week off work sounds so nice doesn’t it? What about two weeks off? Perhaps you are more of a month off kind of person. The beauty is that one size does not fit all when it comes to time off work.
Freedom and flexibility means different things to everyone. and at At Fidelity On Call, we help find the balance that works for you as an individual. The one size that fits all has never been our approach because every healthcare professional has their very own specific set of needs. Which is why travel healthcare is such a great option for so many professionals.
As we continue to post pictures our team members send us on our “It Was a GREAT Vacation!” campaign, what we have learned is that simple word, “vacation”, means many different things to people. For example, we have a lot of BEACH people. From the Caribbean to the shores of Florida we have people that love to soak in the sun and sand, and, yes, that sounds very nice. We also have team members that enjoy spending time with family. Gathering with family they normally do not get to spend much time with and soaking up every minute with them. Who can argue about that type of vacation as time well spent? We also get so busy working and living life that we let home projects go by the wayside. We have had many team members share with us that they simply took time off work to do projects around the home – from bathroom remodels to basement cleanouts to yard landscaping projects. Decluttering your living space can be so important for peace of mind!
We cannot forget travel ball and other travel sport parents that are road warriors for in order to enjoy that time with their kiddos.
“How does this type of time off happen?” you ask…
Well, it is working with a highly qualified recruiter and who negotiates on your behalf to get approved time off in a contract. Many people take time off when the contract ends.
If you want any of the above time off, that is where the magic happens, that open communication with your recruiter who is your biggest ally in your travel healthcare career. They are the key to ensuring you are working when you want to be, and not when you do not want to be or cannot be.
Where there is a will there is a way and that is the motto of all our healthcare recruiters. If it cannot work for one client or on one unit, it may very well work for another unit or another client and their job is to ensure you are where you need and want to be.
Freedom to choose your assignments and flexibility to work when you can and are able are key to work life balance and harmony in your life.
Whether a one-week beach vacation is for you or maybe just some extended time off to take care of all the things you need to, travel nursing can provide you with that benefit.
If you feel you lack freedom and flexibility in your healthcare career, reach out to one of our recruiters and they will be sure to work with you to put them both back into your routine.
Lonna is an RN who traveled for 25 of her 30-year career – almost entirely with Fidelity On Call. She has traveled across the country from California to Connecticut, Wyoming to Texas, and Illinois, Iowa and Missouri.
Lonna was always in critical care, either ICU or ER, and Kellie has been her recruiter for quite some time. She has retired, but still comes back to work from time to time.
Lonna took time to join us for this series where she will share advice to help you explore the endless possibilities in your travel career. Watch Part 1& 2 below…
Lonna Part 1
Lonna Part 2
In this video, Lonna shares the freedom and flexibility she experienced as a traveler which was the primary reason she left staff nursing after five years.
Lonna Part 3
In this video, Lonna shares the reasons why, after making the switch to travel nursing, she never went back to working staff.
Lonna Part 4
In this video, we focus on benefits. Lonna worked the majority of her career with us at Fidelity On Call, but also for a couple other agencies as well. But she learned that not every agency offers the full benefit package that we do. Lonna shares what to expect, and what coverage has been most important for her as a traveler.
Lonna Part 5
In this series, we’ve been bringing all kinds of information to you talking about the freedom and flexibility that comes with a career in travel healthcare. 25-year travel nurse veteran Lonna spent most of her travel career with us. As an elite team member of Fidelity On Call, Lonna explains the level of excellence that you must have to become a member of our travel health team, and why our team members stand out at the facilities they serve.
Hard to believe we are now at the back-to-school time of the year. For many people there is a certain amount of stress that comes with those three words. All the things that begin again – homework, packed lunches, extracurricular activities, bus schedules and more. Whether you are a parent with children going back to school or you are the student working toward your advanced degree, back-to school causes its own set of dilemmas. Finding the right amount of work-life balance can be a struggle. However, it most certainly does not have to be.
As a healthcare licensed professional, you have options that are unlike many other professional industries. You can work as a staff employee at a hospital or other like medical setting for your specialty or you can be employed by a reputable healthcare travel agency.
If you are an experienced professional with at least one year of experience, you should reach out to a recruiter here at Fidelity on Call to discuss all options available to you. Why work 36 or 40 hours a week to also have your phone blow up on your time off to be asked or manipulated to come into work, when you likely already have so many other things to do?
Loyalty is so important and being a team player, we agree, is important. However, it always seems that the most loyal and flexible people get used time and time again with no repercussions for those that do the bare minimum.
In travel healthcare, you have the freedom and flexibility to choose. You only must work your 36 hours or 40 hours, whichever contract terms you choose. Yes, you CAN work extra and so many travelers do, however, you are not mandated or forced to, and many do not work more than what they are agreeing to work.
There is no “one size fits all” in travel healthcare, but there are so many opportunities every day.
We have employees that are diverse in what their individual needs are and work hard to ensure they have opportunities available to fit their unique needs.
In business since 1994, Fidelity On Call has hundreds of relationships with medical facilities all over Illinois and other states as well.
Whether you are the parent of the kiddo that is headed back to school, you are back to school, or all the above applies, the freedom and flexibility of choosing what your work is going to be like for 13 weeks at a time, gives you the ability to meet all your obligations and still schedule some down time for you and or you and your family. With NO GUILT.
Take the first step to relieve those back-to-school worries. Call and speak with a recruiter today. Our recruiters can:
- discuss your goals with you
- the benefit packages available
- competitive pay packages
- assignments open
…and so much more that is personalized for you at this very busy time of the year. Let us help take the stress and worry out of this time of the year and allow you to enjoy it.