If you’re thinking of working as a healthcare traveler in 2014, or you’re thinking of ways to make it your best travel year yet, read below for some tips on how to make the most of all the benefits that come with being a healthcare traveler.

  • Many travelers turn to this career for the, well, travel! If this is your primary reason to work as a traveler, make sure you work this benefit to your best advantage. If you’re just starting out and there are certain areas of the country you’d prefer over others, you may have to work for a while before you can get those plum assignments. Like anything else, travelers need to prove themselves to their staffing and on-site managers, but once you show that you’re reliable, that you go above and beyond what you’re asked to do, you can be sure that you’ll become a staffing service’s go-to traveler. This may entail taking on some assignments you’d rather not take, or going on an assignment at the very last minute. But the more you can prove yourself to a staffing service, the more its recruiters/managers will go to bat for you…and give you the best assignments.
  • Use your days off wisely. Visit as many different locations as possible in your new city; do as many things as you can. Even non-resort cities and small towns in rural areas have wonderful sights to see and things to do. No matter where you go, if you go with an open mind, you’re bound to find and experience things you never before thought possible.
  • You’ll undoubtedly be confronted – possibly even challenged – on assignment by new ways of doing things. We suggest you embrace these chances for professional growth because knowing how to use different types of equipment, or being versed in different methodologies can only look great on your resume/CV.
  • You’ll also have the chance to meet, treat and work with people from backgrounds entirely different from your own. Humans, in general, tend to hang out with people like themselves. Look at the chance to travel as the chance to expand your idea of “people like me” and learn and embrace the differences and similarities you find among your patients and assignment colleagues.
  • Take the opportunity to take your higher-than-average per diem, free housing, transportation, and meal reimbursements and invest the difference in retirement, a home purchase, college education(s) for children, and so on.

If you’re a traveler, how have you taken full advantage of the benefits you receive?

Make 2014 your “Year as a Healthcare Traveler”! Whether you’re a registered nurse, a PT, OT, speech therapist, pharmacist, or other type of allied health professional, the recruiters at MedPro Healthcare Staffing want to talk to you! Contact us today.