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, and therefore important to remember from a monetary standpoint travelers are seen as temporary stop-gaps to a problem.
Travelers should only cancel a contract if the facility is doing something that jeopardizes their license or when experiencing an absolute family emergency. Don’t burn bridges by cancelling work because of homesickness or better offers from competing agencies.
Therapy: Can I travel as a new grad SLP and complete my CFY?
In short, yes. More and more we are receiving travel needs longer than the normal 13 weeks from facilities willing to accommodate a newly graduated speech therapist who wants to complete his/her clinical fellowship in one place. Those contracts are typically 36 to 39 weeks.
In special situations, depending on the states and their licensure requirements, or if the speech therapist is placed in a facility operated by our parent company, RehabVisions, the mentoring could be completed by one of our own CCC-SLPs. This assumes they are able to meet the direct observation hours requirement.
Nursing: What if I want to travel in a different specialty?
With travel nursing, sometimes the transition from perm to travel is held up by lack of experience. A nurse with five years of operating room experience may not want to travel as an OR nurse. So, what can that nurse do?
Luckily, the answer to this dilemma is pretty simple (though perhaps easier said than done in some places). Go perm or PRN for six months to a year in the new specialty.
For example, an OR nurse could go PRN in ICU for 9 months and then get connected with a nursing recruiter. That nurse would be a great candidate for travel jobs where a caseload requires someone to handle both OR and ICU or for a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) where broader experience is desired. There are lots of CAH hospitals in the United States.