first time traveler Q and A

Navigating Travel Healthcare: Your Guide for First-Time Travelers

In the dynamic landscape of healthcare, professionals are increasingly exploring opportunities beyond the traditional hospital setting. One such avenue gaining popularity is becoming a traveling healthcare professional. Whether you’re a nurse, therapist, or allied health professional, the prospect of combining your career with adventure is undoubtedly enticing. In this December blog, we’ll address some of the most common questions first-time travelers have, shedding light on the why and how of starting a career as a traveling healthcare professional. 


Q: Why Consider Traveling as a Healthcare Professional? 
A: The allure of travel often goes hand in hand with personal and professional growth. For healthcare professionals, embracing travel offers a chance to broaden clinical experience, work in diverse environments, and engage with a variety of patient populations. It’s an opportunity to break out of the routine and discover new ways of approaching healthcare challenges. 


Q: How Does Traveling Affect Career Advancement? 
A: Contrary to concerns about career stagnation, traveling healthcare professionals often find that their experiences enhance their skill set and make them more marketable. Exposure to different healthcare systems and patient demographics can foster adaptability and resilience, qualities highly valued in any healthcare setting. Additionally, networking opportunities abound as you connect with professionals from various backgrounds, potentially opening doors to exciting career paths. 


Q: What About Job Stability and Benefits? 
Job stability and benefits are crucial considerations for any healthcare professional. Many travel healthcare positions offer competitive compensation, including a higher salary, housing allowances, and benefits such as health insurance and retirement plans. While the nature of travel assignments might differ from permanent positions, the potential financial rewards and the chance to explore different regions often outweigh the perceived instability. 


Q: How to Navigate Licensing and Certifications Across States?
One of the logistical challenges of travel healthcare is navigating licensing and certifications across different states. Fortunately, there are resources like, NCSBN or BetterNurse, dedicated to assisting professionals in learning about the required credentials efficiently. At CrossMed, we have licensure experts on staff, streamlining the process and ensuring that you’re ready to hit the ground running in your new assignment. 


Q: What Is the Typical Duration of Travel Assignments?
 The duration of travel assignments can vary, but they typically range from 8 to 26 weeks. This flexibility allows healthcare professionals to choose assignments based on personal preferences, whether it’s a short-term commitment or a more extended adventure. The ability to explore different locations while maintaining the option to return home between assignments provides a unique balance for those seeking both adventure and stability. 


Q: How to Choose the Right Travel Assignment? 
Selecting the right travel assignment involves considering various factors, including location, facility type, and assignment duration. It’s essential to assess your own preferences and priorities, whether you’re drawn to the excitement of an urban hospital or the tranquility of a rural clinic. Additionally, researching the facility’s reputation, patient demographics, and available resources can help you make informed decisions about the assignments that align with your professional and personal goals. Working with your recruiter to identify your goals during your contract is our #1 priority. We’re your partner along the way!


Q: Can I Bring Family or Pets Along? 
A: For many healthcare professionals, the prospect of bringing family or pets along on travel assignments is a significant consideration. Fortunately, CrossMed is accommodating to the needs of our travelers. We can assist in finding family-friendly housing options and pet-friendly accommodations. Making these arrangements in advance ensures a smooth transition for both you and your loved ones. 


Q: What Support is Available During Travel Assignments?
A: The support network provided by travel agencies is a significant advantage for professionals on the road. From housing assistance to 24/7 emergency support, reputable travel agencies prioritize the well-being of their healthcare professionals. Many also offer benefits such as travel reimbursement, continuing education opportunities, and bonuses for completing assignments successfully. 


Next Steps!

Becoming a traveling healthcare professional offers a unique blend of career advancement, adventure, and personal growth. Addressing the common questions and concerns associated with this career path provides valuable insights for those considering taking the leap into the world of travel healthcare. As we close this December blog, we encourage healthcare professionals to explore the possibilities, embrace the journey, and redefine their careers in ways that go beyond the confines of traditional healthcare settings. Safe travels! 


Join our travel team!

Traveling with CrossMed as a healthcare traveler offers many benefits, ranging from diverse assignments and competitive compensation to personalized support and career advancement opportunities. With a commitment to making the healthcare travel experience as seamless and rewarding as possible, CrossMed is an excellent choice for healthcare professionals looking to embark on a journey that combines work and exploration. If you’re considering a career in healthcare travel, CrossMed may be the partner you’ve been looking for to help you navigate this exciting path. 

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