Fidelity On Call’s Series on Travel Nursing

Welcome to Fidelity On Call’s series where we discuss all things related to travel nursing. We’ll answer frequently asked questions and share tips on how to make the most of your travel nursing career.

Our series is co-hosted by: Kellie Short, Sr Recruiting Specialist and General Sales Manager; and Carla Edwards, Recruiting Specialist.

Segment 1: Attitude | Fidelity On Call’s Series on Travel Nursing

In this episode, Kellie and Carla talk about the importance of having a good attitude, and share why it’s a big factor for the members of our elite team of travel nurses.

Segment 2: Holidays | Fidelity On Call’s Series on Travel Nursing

The holidays are coming, will you be working or not? Kellie and Carla discuss what a travel nurse can expect.

Segment 3: Allowances | Fidelity On Call’s Series on Travel Nursing

In this episode, Kellie and Carla talk about tax-free allowances. Some agencies offer packages with big tax free-allowances, but don’t mention you’ll have to pay it back to the IRS!

Segment 4: The Love of the Patient | Fidelity On Call’s Series on Travel Nursing

In this episode, Kellie and Carla talk about our mission and some of the traits we are looking for when considering a travel nurse to be on our elite team. Plus, Carla tells a touching story about how one of our nurses went the extra mile with a patient’s family.

Segment 5: Our Team Organization | Fidelity On Call’s Series on Travel Nursing

In this episode, Kellie and Carla talk our team organization and how we set a higher standard for ourselves to bring the best opportunities to our elite team of nurses.

Segment 6: Why Travel Nursing?

In this episode, Kellie and Carla talk about some great advantages to becoming a travel nurse including: Flexibility, getting to choose your next assignment, opportunities to learn and grow, and more.

Segment 7:Adapting to Change

In this episode, Kellie and Carla talk about how being able to adapt to change is important for a traveler to be successful.

Segment 8:Integrity

In this episode, Kellie and Carla talk about the integrity and the principles that Fidelity On Call holds true, and why upholding that mission has been so important since our inception in 1994.

Segment 9: Spring is Time for Growth

Kellie and Carla escaped the office today to take in the spring colors at Luthy Botanical Garden. It got them thinking about change, growth, and opportunities for travel nurses

Segment 10:Allied Health Openings

Kellie and Carla share about the opportunities that Fidelity On Call has – not just for nursing! There are openings right now with allied positions ranging from Respiratory Therapist, Surgical Tech, X-Ray Tech, LPN and more. Give us a call! (309) 691-1500.

Stay tuned for more episodes of our series on travel nursing…

Resolution Ideas for 2021

As we move toward 2021, we know that the typical thing is to do our “New Year’s Resolutions.” After 2020, we have a whole new list:

Stop doom scrolling on Twitter.

Live my best life and only buy pants with no buttons or zippers.

Sign up for a marathon but don’t actually run.

Remember to make overnight oats the night before even though I know I won’t want to eat them in the morning.

Go on a vitamin and supplement shopping spree and finish at least one bottle before giving up.

Make a viral reel making fun of TikTok.

Unfriend every person who shares their unsolicited diet or exercise regimen.

Do so much yoga that it actually justifies wearing yoga pants 24/7.

Read more (or at least turn the subtitles on while binge-watching TV).

Don’t text that toxic person back. You know the one. We all have one.

Eat more tacos.

Stay in the bathroom while brushing my teeth.

Stop drinking orange juice after I’ve brushed my teeth.

Stop daring people to lick frozen flagpoles.

Floss every day — and not just with wild abandon in the week leading up to a cleaning.

Stop lying to myself about following New Year’s resolutions.

Stop making resolutions.

And last but not least – find all the left over 2020 calendars and burn them!

Travel Nurse Stories: Group Insurance

“I need a new company to work for. I was told I have group insurance, but I really don’t.”

When we grew up our parents always said, “You need to be a person of your word. If you say it, you do it!” I think everyone probably grew up hearing that same message; however, it doesn’t always carry through to adulthood.

We have had many travel nurses call us to say they were told they had group health insurance coverage only to discover that their coverage was supplemental insurance.

We recently received a call from a travel nurse looking for a new company to work for. She had been told she had group insurance. Since she hadn’t received her insurance card and needed to use it, she called her company.

At that point, she was told by her recruiter that she did NOT have any insurance coverage. Personally, we have no idea why anyone would mislead an employee.

It certainly doesn’t make for a long-term relationship. However, once again, that recruiter – charged with a certain quota – filled a position.

But, there are companies that do offer group insurance and Fidelity On Call certainly does. It is solid coverage and is available to not only our travel nurses but their families as well. Ours also includes prescription cards.

We encourage you to always thoroughly check out the company you plan to travel for and make sure they are people who “say it and do it!”

Want to see how your recruiter stacks up?

Download our free cheat sheet!

11 Things We are Thankful For in 2020

To say it’s been a challenging year is an understatement. Our travel nurses have been greatly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Throughout it, our team stayed, and continues to stay strong.

One of the things about our elite team, is that we find the good, even in times of adversity.

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, here are 11 things we are thankful for…

1. We are thankful that in 2020 we survived the chaos that went into this year – starting with Covid-19 and ending with the Presidential Election.

2. We are thankful the World Health Organization chose to make 2020 the “Year of the Nurse.” This is such a deserved recognition in a year where our team (and nurses everywhere) was repeatedly called on to go above and beyond the norm. We are so proud of our Elite Team!

3. We are so grateful for our internal office team. 2020 has had its share of “chaotic” in it. But, throughout it all, we worked together as a strong team.

4. We are so thankful we were deemed essential business and only had to modify the way we worked during the initial coronavirus shutdown.

5. We are grateful that we maintained a healthy team – both in the field and in the office.

6. We are grateful there are only 49 days from November 1 (time fell back) to December 21 (shortest day of the year) – that is when the days start to gradually get longer and the “lights” come back on in the evening.

7. We are thankful that, through our efforts with the Fidelity On Call Food Fight, we were able to provide $36,000 of food to people in our community. That is a huge impact!

8. We are thankful for our family and friends who love, support and encourage us on a daily basis.

9. We are thankful for a break in the day when we actually get lunch.

10. We are grateful for days when we don’t have to set an alarm.

11. And, for our last “thank you” we are so totally grateful that come Thanksgiving, 2020 will be over in 35 days!

Travel Nurse Stories: What Does It Mean to Be on the Elite Team?

When you work for Fidelity On Call, you are part of a select team of hand-picked travelers who provide the best of care to those that we serve. We asked some of our travel nurses to share what it means to be part of the elite team.

In this story, Dana says being a member of our elite team means that when you are assigned somewhere, people know they can trust you, and count on you.

In this story, Tyler says being on the elite team means having quality at the forefront in your mind when you’re working with patients.

In this story, Holly says it’s really an honor to be on the elite team because people know Fidelity On Call’s reputation, and that the standards for their nurses are very high.

Sue, who is a critical care nurse says, “We like to have everything perfect and expect perfection in everything we do.” To that end, she says being a member of our elite team is quite a compliment.

In this story, Grace says, “It means that we can set the example for all the other nurses on the floor.”

In this story, Charis says that sadly, travel nurses haven’t always had the best reputation. But by working for us, her goal is to improve that by letting the hospital know she is their resource who will get them through a time when their staffing is an issue, without making it hard for them.

In this story, Clayton says that when he’s on a shift with other Fidelity travelers, there’s camaraderie and pride in working with other skilled and knowledgeable team members.

In this story, Lonna says it’s having a facility say, “That was the best nurse we’ve ever had. I want her back. I want another nurse from Fidelity because I know they’re going to listen to my needs and send me what I need.”

Would you like to join our elite team of travel nurses? Contact us today by email, or call (309) 691-1500.