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Cariant Health Partners Awarded Health Care Staffing Services Certification from The Joint Commission 10th Year in a Row

Cariant Health Partners has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Health Care Staffing Services Certification by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care. Read more »

How to Be Your Recruiter’s Favorite Traveler

BE TIMELY

There is something to be said for timeliness, especially in the traveling world. Completing tasks on time sets everyone (the traveler, recruiter, client, credentialing team) up for success. You’ll earn so many brownie points by providing your resume and references quickly, and by completing all required paperwork and tests by the deadlines assigned. Also, getting to work on time the first day—that’s a big one. Read more »

Traveler Tips: Workplace Bullying

Many traveling healthcare professionals end up on the road in part to avoid workplace drama, but sometimes it’s unavoidable. Enter the workplace bully.

Identify a workplace bully by these behaviors:

  • Putting you down in front of patients or other healthcare professionals
  • Frequent and unnecessary aggressive responses, excessive rudeness and verbal abuse
  • Repeatedly dismissing requests for assistance because “you should know how to do the job” (i.e., they aren’t busy and go out of their way to deny help), or other acts of workplace “sabotage”
  • Threats and intimidation behaviors

You should always let your recruiter know if you are experiencing bullying, but here are some other tips to consider. Read more »

Traveler Questions Answered: Drug Screens

From US Drug Test Centers:

How to Avoid a Dilute Specimen

  • It is always best to go for a urine collection first thing in the morning because your urine is fresh and not likely dilute. Do not drink extra water because you are afraid of not being able to produce urine at your drug test collection. If you normally drink large quantities of fluids, cut back a bit before going for your drug test.
  • Drinking an excessive quantity of fluid before a drug test can cause dilution and then you might have to back for another drug test.
  • If, at the collection site for your drug test, you have any difficulty providing the required 45 mL of urine, you will be given time to drink some water and try again. We call this a “shy bladder.” There is a shy bladder process where you have up to three hours to provide your specimen and you are given a maximum of 45 ounces of water spread out over the three hours.

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Adaptability Can Lead to Better Experiences

If adaptability is innately one of your skills, you’re probably well-suited for a travel career. If it’s something you have to work for, we’ve got two good reasons for making that extra effort.

“Action and adaptability create opportunity.”

– Garrison Wynn

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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 »

Embracing Minimalism

In the fall of 2014, shortly after my graduation from physical therapy school in May, I found myself driving across the country to begin my first travel assignment. Until I began packing up the car for my trip from New York to Kansas, I never realized how much “stuff” I owned. Over the past four years of working as a traveling physical therapist, I’ve learned a lot of things; about myself, my profession and so many new places, but the most eye-opening revelation over the course of my short career has been the discovery about what is worth prioritizing and the benefits of a minimalist lifestyle. Read more »

Four States for Travelers Who Love the Outdoors

For outdoor enthusiasts some states where you can find travel therapy and travel nursing work make for a match made in heaven. Check out these top states for travelers who enjoy spending time outdoors:

Colorado

There’s something to be said about enjoying crisp mountain air while putting on your skis or snowshoes. Winter travel contracts are most competitive. Luckily, all year round you can find something to do outdoors in this state. Read more »

Reasons Travelers Like Washington State

Washington State is a favorite destination for traveling healthcare professionals and for good reasons. The scenery is surprisingly diverse. Contracts are usually plentiful. And it makes for beautiful Instagram posts. You’ll want photo keepsakes of this place. Read more »