Reasons to become a traveling healthcare professional

If you’re a healthcare professional and you love traveling, a career in healthcare traveling might be the perfect fit for you. Healthcare travelers perform the same tasks as nurses, therapists, radiologists, pharmacists, lab technicians and more, but with the perk of traveling from place to place and seeing different parts of the country. A typical contract lasts 13 weeks, but can go as long as 26 weeks.

RTG Medical is a traveling healthcare staffing agency that offers assignments in all 50 states across the U.S., extremely competitive  compensation, and great benefits. If you’ve been wondering if this is the career  for you, now is the time to try it out. Here are a few reasons becoming a traveling healthcare provider could be right for you.

First and foremost… you get to travel

So you love being adventurous and exploring different places. Oftentimes, when choosing your next assignment you can pick what state or states you might want to go. Have you wanted to cruise the inside passage in Juneau, Alaska? Or the White Sands National Park in New Mexico? How about seeing the waterfalls in California? No matter where you want to go, you can travel to new  destinations while practicing what you love through your work.

Enjoy a higher pay

Travel nurses often make more than staffed nurses. You can enjoy tax-free stipends, a reimbursement of travel expenses, and other monetary benefits. You may also be eligible for bonuses such as a facility-provided bonus.

Experience diversity

Through travel nursing, you can encounter all different types of diversity, including people and places. You may find yourself at a large facility, or a smaller facility in a small town. You can expand your skill set to be more adaptable, a better thinker, and learn different ways to communicate effectively with your peers.

Take breaks between contracts

In between your 13 or 26 week contract, you can enjoy some time off. You can spend this time going on another adventure, resting, practicing self-care, volunteering, planning your next assignment, spending time with family and friends, actually enjoying the time off, and cleaning up around the house. 

Meet new people

Being a healthcare traveler gives you the opportunity to build your professional network and connect with new and interesting people. If you’re outgoing and friendly and already love doing this, consider joining a traveling healthcare staffing agency. 

Try new things

Another perk is being able to try new things. You can visit local museums, spas, restaurants, bars, community events, local shows, live music, and places to shop. You can also indulge in the foodie part of whatever city you’re in. Take a look at this travel guide for food in the major cities for the best places to eat.

Grow professionally

Professional development is important for any career. You can build your resume, and it shows you’re always up for a challenge. You can also discover ways to advance your career throughout each job. Maybe you’ll really love a certain contract and it will help you choose location you want to lay down some longer term roots. 

Have a flexible schedule

Traveling is fun, but can get exhausting.  Having the ability to choose where you want to work and take time off can be priceless. You can expand your interests and hobbies when your schedule is flexible.

Choose RTG Medical as your traveling healthcare staffing agency
Choosing a traveling healthcare staffing agency can be difficult, but RTG Medical is here to make it easy. If you’ve been thinking about becoming a traveling healthcare professional, we can help connect you to the right  recruiter who will find you the best fit. Contact us today with any questions!

How to best fit in with the permanent med staff

Once you’ve chosen from the many travel healthcare companies, have been paired with a recruiter, and are onto your next assignment, you might be wondering how exactly you’re going to fit in. It can be difficult to fit in with the permanent medical staff as a traveling healthcare professional. You’re constantly on the go from assignment to assignment, but you’ll be more comfortable if you make some friends along the way. A simple gesture and being openly positive can go a long way.

It is likely that the permanent medical staff have already formed numerous bonds, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t welcome to forming a relationship with you while you’re there. We wanted to give you some best practices on not only how to fit in, but also how to make the most of your current assignment.

Connect by reaching out, attending events, and making an investment

If you enjoy meeting new people, you might not struggle at all. Regardless, taking note of some of these useful tips can be beneficial to you. Once you put yourself out there, you’re sure to see it come back in a fulfilling way. Ask someone to grab coffee with you or see if anyone wants to get lunch. Since you are already going to be exploring the city or local nature hot spots, ask if anyone wants to join. They might even offer to show you some of their favorite spots.

Check bulletin boards and be in the know about upcoming events, such as a work happy hour. It’s nice to have time to yourself, but a quick drink in a non-work atmosphere with some new coworkers is a successful way to form friendships. Asking open-ended questions is a great way to engage in conversation both at work and at an outing. 

Be respectful and willing to pitch in when necessary

You might have some good ideas to improve the facility you’re at, and although leaving your unique mark is important, try to avoid giving any unsolicited advice. Many won’t see that as, “Oh they have a wonderful idea to make this run more efficiently.”Rather, it will come across as negative, and you will end up alienating yourself.

But remember, you are where you’re at because this place needs your skill set. If you see a way you can jump in and help, go for it. That will come across more positively and the permanent medical staff is sure to see it as you assisting in a positive way. This is a great way to earn trust and contribute to the team. You are there temporarily, but you don’t have to act like it’s temporary. 

Travel healthcare companies are here to help you succeed

If you leave your assignment feeling inspired and like you’ve left your mark, congrats – you understood the assignment. It’s exciting to be in a new city, with new opportunities, and to have the chance to grow professionally and personally. You all share the same goal; taking care of your patients as a team. When you put your best attitude and foot forward, you’re sure to succeed.

Working with travel healthcare companies can be rewarding in many ways. If you’re interested in becoming a traveling healthcare professional, RTG Medical is here to support your next adventure. Reach out to us today to discuss your career opportunities on becoming a traveling CNA, nurse, radiologist, therapist, pharmacist, or laboratory professional.

RTG Medical Celebrates 20+ Years with New Logo Release

RTG Medical Launches a New Logo to Reflect the Company’s Culture Focused on Building Relationships with Healthcare Travelers and Clients.

Our vision for the future is to become the most trusted and innovative partner in healthcare staffing solutions by enhancing the experience for our travelers and clients.

“At RTG Medical, we have a history of embracing change in all facets of the healthcare staffing industry. We will continue to embrace change with our new logo design as we move forward. However, a new logo is only as good as the people behind it, and at RTG Medical, our greatest asset is and always will be our people.” 

-Charlie Janssen President and CEO of RTG Medical

The new logo is an evolution of the company’s previous logo, with a look and feel that embodies RTG Medical’s dedication and commitment to improving the lives of those we work with. RTG Medical is a national leader in healthcare staffing and a five-time Inc. 5000 recipient for Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies in America. RTG Medical prides itself on building an in-house culture based on family, integrity, and community that was recognized and awarded three times as a Baird Holm LLP “Best Places to Work in Omaha.” After recently being named to the 2021 Largest Healthcare Staffing Firms in the United States by SIA, RTG Medical looks to expand their team over the next 3-5 years as they move to their new headquarters in 2022. The timing of our new logo aligns with the significant growth that is taking place across the organization.

RTG Medical new HQ location coming Spring 2022.

The new 54,000 sq. ft. headquarters is located off highway 275 in Fremont, NE providing easy access for commuters from Omaha and surrounding communities. The new logo represents RTG Medical’s growth over the past 20 years and reflects the company’s dedication to improving the experience for our travelers and clients. “RTG desires to be an organization with a professional yet friendly feel. While our name remains the same, RTG prides itself on the integrity and values we form our relationships on. Therefore, we wanted a logo that warmly introduces us to a conversation about what we can do for you. As we launch a newly designed logo, we want RTG travelers and clients not to forget who we are. We are still the same honest, transparent company we were prior,” said Chief Operations Officer and Co-Founder Jeremy Guenthner. 

About RTG Medical:

Established in 2001, RTG Medical is a veteran-owned healthcare staffing agency that connects, facilitates, and manages the placement of traveling healthcare professionals to healthcare facilities of all sizes across the country. Headquartered in Fremont, Nebraska, RTG works hard to provide simplified solutions that positively impact both patient care and the country’s ongoing healthcare shortage. For more information, visit www.rtgmedical.com.

Meet RTG Medical’s Newest Hire

RTG Medical is excited to welcome Melissa Byrd! She brings an enthusiastic, positive energy to the table, and is a beam of sunshine at the office. Get to know her! She answered RTG’s new employee questionnaire- and it’s chock-full of everything that makes her tick!

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If you could have dinner with any one person, living or dead, who would it be and why? Ellen Degeneres because she is amazing, funny and full of positive energy. I love people like her.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and how would you use it? I would want to have constant positive energy and to be able to give it to others! I am a pretty happy person, so I want to share that with others.

What was the best concert experience you’ve had and why? Tiebreaker between Home Free and Garth Brooks. I just love music in general– all genres pretty much!

Name something on your “bucket list” and why? I would love to go to New York City at Christmas time to see the trees on Rockefeller Plaza all lit up. 

If your house was burning and you could only save one item, what would it be and why? Besides anyone in my family, I would save my journaling bible because it is special to me. 

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Melissa shares about how her family is one of the most important things to her. She loves spending time with her three children AJ, Anna, and Jackson.

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When she has the chance to visit, she loves to spend time with her two brothers Mitch– who lives in Chicago–and Merritt– who lives in Seattle.

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Pictured above is Melissa’s mom, dad, brothers, and sisters-in-law.

Melissa is such an amazing, caring person; RTG Medical is thankful to have her on the recruiting team, helping healthcare professionals find their #adventurewithRTG.

If you or someone you know is interested in joining RTG Medical’s growing team, click here to apply!

Meet Sara: RTG Medical’s Newest Recruiter

RTG Medical is one lucky company to have our newest solo hire, Sara Findley. Sara grew up in Grand Island, Nebraska, and currently lives in Omaha. She is coming to RTG Medical with public relations experience from the Omaha World-Herald and as a program director at Goodfellows. She is just as pumped to be at RTG as we are to have her! Sara says, “I was drawn to RTG because I enjoy helping others reach their full potential! Working with RTG to help our nurses do what they love and travel to see the world while doing it, makes my heart happy!”

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Sara is an avid concert attendee with her sister and mother. It is a ritual that each year, the three of them pick a concert to attend together. She says, “It is always a laugh, and each one tops the last. Our latest was CHER and it was fantastic!”

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One of Sara’s proudest accomplishments is traveling the world for six years with the Young Americans.

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Sara enjoys spending time with her fiancé, wedding planning, and hanging out with her two fur babies, Koda and Bear.

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Still, her bucket list is packed! She says, “I would love to travel to Ireland and New Zealand because they are beautiful countries that I would like to explore.” Sara is always up for something new and exciting, which is what ultimately drew her to apply at RTG Medical.

Sara says she is most excited about working at RTG because of the ability she has to create her own success while facing challenges constantly.

RTG Medical is excited to have a diverse and multi-talented staff. It’s the wide array of talents from recruiters that make this workplace so special.

If you or someone you know is interested in joining our growing team, click here to apply!

Here’s How RTG Medical Celebrated Being Named One of the “Best Places to Work in Omaha” for the Third Year in a Row

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RTG Medical has been voted Best Places to Work in Omaha by Baird Holm and the Omaha Chamber of Commerce for the third year in a row! To be considered for this award, employees answer survey questions regarding RTG’s work environment, culture, management, and opportunities for professional growth. Winning this award for the third year in a row represents how each employee values the culture that makes RTG one of the “Best Places to Work in Omaha”.

So, how did the company celebrate such a big award? With a field trip, of course. Employees kicked off the day by chartering to the awards luncheon in Omaha, then enjoyed an afternoon of games and mingling at Lucky Bucket Brewery! If you haven’t been to the brewery yet, we highly recommend it for group outings.

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What makes RTG such a fun and unique place to work? Let some of our employees tell you!

Shelby Cameron, Senior Recruiter, says, “I feel RTG Medical is the best place to work because of the atmosphere. I enjoy all of the fun events RTG is able to offer year round and the energy RTG employees bring to the work place every day which gets me excited to come into work. I also enjoy how tight knit RTG is. I have a home away from home and I love that about my work!”

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Others describe RTG as a company that genuinely cares and values its employees to encourage them to work hard and create an environment that is positive. They love being rewarded for the hard work with fun outings, delicious food, and prizes.

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Emily Kimmell, Credentialing Specialist, says, “I love working here because of the collaborative environment. There is cooperation and shared goals all revolving around helping each other grow in the professional lives. Everyone shares the same vision and is dedicated to work toward our goals. The culture here at RTG is something that really drives a positive work environment.”

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TJ Butler, Senior Recruiter, describes RTG as the best because he’s never worked at a place that genuinely puts people first.

“From the top down, RTG Medical understands the significance of its people, and that culture reflects on how we treat our traveling medical professionals.  I feel like we are one big family at RTG Medical. That culture and mindset makes it natural to carry it over to how we treat our Travelers.  Personally, I treat each and every Traveler I come across as a teammate/family member and not just a number because that’s how we are treated internally at RTG Medical.  I’ve been around the block a time or two but RTG Medical truly is a special place to be apart of.  When you hear people talking about the grass being greener on the other side, the other side is RTG Medical, and I can’t imagine a place where the grass could possibly be greener!”

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RTG is proud to be named one of the Best Places To Work in Omaha for the third year in a row. We are thankful to be a part of a community that recognizes companies that are trying to build a better workplace and work to create cultures that put their employees first.

A special thank you to our amazing photographer, Elliot Janssen, for capturing the day of RTG celebrating its employees!

If you are interested in joining our team, click here to apply!

RTG Medical’s Helping Hands: Bring Your Child To Work Day 2019

RTG Medical celebrated Bring Your Child to Work Day on April 25th by inviting our employee’s children in kindergarten through third grade to spend a morning at work. Twenty-seven children piled into the lunchroom for a day filled with exciting activities ranging from coloring, playing minute to win it games, reading books and making donations for the local humane societies. At RTG our family is a priority so it is important for us to host events for the whole family. Take a look at RTG’s Bring Your Child to Work 2019:

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Our day began by taking a tour around the office to see where their parents work, hangout, and even workout. We took a pit stop in the gym to do morning stretches to wake our bodies up and get them ready for the day. We raced down to the conference room to start our next activity, musical masterpiece. Children raced to the beats of Disney songs trying to complete their project before the music stopped and they had to find a new seat.

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After our coloring games we returned to the gym to compete against each other in minute to win it games. The first challenge was the cookie face where the children had one minute to get the cookie from their forehead into their mouth without using their hands. The second challenge was the ice cream cone drop. They had one minute to drop as many mini marshmallows into their partner’s ice cream cone. Cleaning up the mess at the end was their favorite part.

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After our snack, we cooled off with a good book called Can I Be Your Dog by Troy Cummings. This must read showed the children what it is like to homeless dog that no one wanted to adopt. The children learned how they too could help a homeless animal by adopting, volunteering, and donating to their local humane society.

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A mission of RTG’s giving program is to support the Nebraska Humane Society and the Dodge County Humane Society. With this mission, we reached out in ways RTG could help after the flood hit Fremont and caused many animals to be placed in the shelter. “RTG’s Helping Hands” found a way to help those animals by making toys and treats to be donated. Children made a toy rattle for the playful kitties and a tasty pumpkin, oat, and peanut butter treat for the pups. 

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A special thank you to our volunteers for helping make this day such a success. Stay tuned for RTG’s next family outing at Werner Park.

To check out the full recap of the day, check out the video here.

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