You may have chosen travel healthcare for your career because you love exploring new cities and regions. Or maybe you like the excitement and challenge of new environments. But, when it comes to your traveling healthcare career, there is still some business you should monitor.

Your assignment contracts are important!

As traveling nurses and therapists, you’re leaving the comforts of a predictable job and your home territory for new and exciting challenges. So, you owe it to yourself to understand the contracts you’re signing, and what is expected of you during your travel healthcare assignments.

Here are three tips for maximizing your travel therapy or nursing contracts:

  1. Remember – everything is in writing. While your initial conversations may be verbal, ultimately, it’s the paper contract that matters. Everything you’ve discussed verbally should be represented in paper, on the signed contract. Once you’ve signed it, the contract is binding, so facilities are not required to add any benefits that are not included in writing.
  2. Verify the details. The “nuts and bolts” of your travel healthcare assignment should all be included in your contract. These include, but aren’t limited to:
    1. Start date
    2. Work shift
    3. Hospital and unit
    4. Hours that are guaranteed, any time off and scheduling changes
    5. Wages (including overtime, double-time, holida7y pay, on call, call back and shift differentials)
    6. Floating policies
    7. Benefits (including their effective date, housing situation, pet deposit amount, any other benefits, etc)
    8. Facility requirements (including skills testing, physical exam, orientation and other details).
  3. Follow these contract basics. Other basic tips to help you maximize your traveling nurse or therapist contracts include:
    1. Make sure you’ve read and you understand everything in your contract before you sign it.
    2. Do not sign a contract with any blank spaces.
    3. Keep your own copy of the signed contract (signed by both you, and the staffing agency).
    4. Ensure you understand what your guarantee does and does not cover.

Travel healthcare is a rewarding career opportunity. By following these tips, you’ll protect yourself—and your career—in the long term.

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