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Travel Predictions 2019

Travel healthcare trends ebb and flow and what was law in recent years is never guaranteed to continue. Here’s what to watch this year.

THERAPY

PDPM approaches. We don’t yet know exactly how the Patient Driven Payment Model will impact travel therapy needs. Clients are still learning what it means for their facility and permanent therapy staff. We expect a large number of skilled nursing facilities Read more »

Recruiter-Traveler Relationships

We know the relationship with your recruiter is one of the more important parts of a successful travel career. At Cariant, you work with one recruiter regardless of where in the U.S. you want to travel. The longer you travel with us the stronger your relationship with your recruiter becomes. They are your advocates on the road. And they work hard to make sure their travelers are informed and happy.

We Need to Talk About Ghosting

Ghosting, an act we may categorize as something that only happens when “retiring” personal relationships, has shifted to the professional space as an employment trend. It’s on the minds of many HR and recruiting professionals. And unfortunately, it’s on our radar as well.

Culturally acceptable it may be to “ghost” an individual to end a friendship or relationship, ghosting does not belong in the travel therapy and travel nursing industry.

Consider this full scenario: Read more »

Write a Travel Bucket List for Each and Every Contract Location

Most travel contracts are 13 weeks in duration. That may seem like a long period of time… until you recall how often you hear exclamations of how fast the year went by. When you’re moving around the country up to four times a year and trying to squeeze in as many memorable moments as you can, those 13 weeks will fly by!

It’s essential to make a plan, or at least write out a travel bucket list, in advance of each contract so you’re less likely to miss an experience. This is especially true if your plan is never to extend a contract. Read more »

Travel Questions Answered

Why is it okay for a hospital to cancel a contract, but not for me?

Contract cancellations are a risk of travel. But travelers typically receive two weeks to 30 days’ notice for your recruiter to line up another assignment. Travelers who receive notice directly about a cancellation clause being utilized should contact their recruiter immediately to look at options.

Cancellations usually only happen because the facility filled a permanent position or experienced an unexpected low census. It’s a financial decision, Read more »

How to Make Bad Assignments Better

We hope our travelers never experience a truly “bad” assignment. However, we know the experience of “first days” does vary from stellar to let’s say… forgetful. Don’t take it personally if you expected a parade on your first day and were instead met with crickets. If the mood doesn’t improve, focus on what you can control to improve the situation. Read more »

Why You Shouldn’t Walk Off Assignments

We know assignments get abandoned. You could be severely homesick. Maybe the situation on your first day didn’t match exactly what was described during the interview process. You just can’t see yourself completing your contract. You’re a traveler, and they’d never see your name or face again anyway. Right?

For all the stories of someone having no repercussions of cancelling an assignment, there are equally as many who have a different experience. Before you walk off the job, analyze what is actually happening, and consider the following: Read more »

3 Things We Love About Traveling Healthcare Professionals

We think our group of traveling healthcare professionals is pretty great. Probably because we often find them among the categories below:

Travelers Who Go Above and Beyond

We celebrate internally with monthly Cariant Kudos, recognizing team members and travelers for kind acts or achievements. Inevitably, the words “went above and beyond” are included more than a handful of times in kudos submissions. Working with healthcare professionals, that is no surprise! It’s in our natures to be of service. And we appreciate those extra efforts as much as the facilities and patients. We’ve had travelers receive Read more »

Even more questions to ask a travel recruiter

After your initial phone call with a recruiter, you’ve probably gotten a good idea of their personality and conversation style. And hopefully a sense of their industry knowledge and how likely they are to help meet your travel goals. As you have more conversations and work toward a job submission and signing a contract, take the opportunity to learn more about them. The recruiter who helps find your first travel job stays with you for as long as you travel with Cariant. So it’s important to find a good fit. Read more »