Managing Different Time Zones as a Healthcare Traveler

Stay on Top of Time Change During Your Next Travel Assignment!

As a healthcare traveler, you are no stranger to the hustle and bustle of traveling for work. Between coordinating transportation, scheduling housing, and managing your workloads, the last thing you want to worry about is what time it is in the area where you are working. With different states come different time zones, and if you’re not prepared, this can cause confusion and stress. Let’s look at some tips on how to manage different time zones as a healthcare traveler on assignment within the United States.

The First Step Is To Know Your Time Zone(s)

Before you start your next travel assignment, make sure that you know what time zone that area is in. This information should be provided by the contracting agency prior to arriving at your assignment. Knowing the time zone ahead of time allows you to plan out your days more effectively. For example, if you know when daylight savings time begins (or ends) in an area before arriving for your assignment, then you can plan accordingly with simple practices like changing all of your clocks before leaving home or being aware of how long it will take to arrive at each location during certain times. You can also use this knowledge to plan ahead of important meetings that may conflict with other scheduled events or obligations back home.

Prioritize Self-Care & Setting Boundaries

It’s important not only to stay organized but also prioritize self-care while traveling between different time zones. Part of this involves setting boundaries around how often and when you’re available for work. As your top healthcare travel agency, we want to ensure your needs and availability are properly communicated to your new facility. It’s easy to get caught up in trying to please everyone but it’s equally as important to take care of yourself first so that when it comes time for work, you’re able to give it your all!

Take Advantage Of Technology & Apps

Fortunately, there are many tools available today that make managing multiple time zones easier than ever before! Take advantage of apps like World Clock Pro which enable users to sync their devices across multiple locations in order to ensure accuracy when scheduling appointments and meetings across multiple states (or even countries). Additionally, many digital calendars now offer features such as auto-timezone detection which help prevent issues related to crossed wires between parties due differences in local times from one location versus another – all without ever having to leave the comfort of your own home!

Navigating multiple time zones as a healthcare traveler doesn’t have to be stressful! By taking advantage of technology tools such as apps like World Clock Pro and digital calendars with auto-timezone detection features, managing different locations with varying times becomes much simpler than ever before! Traveling with RTG Medical will give you a single point of contact, a recruiter who can help you every step of the way. Interested in more information? Contact us today, we would love to get you started on your next travel assignment!

Why a great relationship with your recruiter matters

As a traveling healthcare professional, it’s critical to have a great relationship with your recruiter. Traditional recruiters find candidates for a permanent position, whereas recruiters for the best healthcare travel companies work together with their healthcare professionals on an ongoing basis. Contracts are typically 13 weeks, and what helps your recruiter find the right assignment each time is getting to know you.

RTG Medical knows how important relationships between our traveling healthcare professionals and recruiters are. A good relationship allows you to get the most out of your career and overall leads to your success. There are several characteristics that create a strong relationship with your recruiter. Let’s walk through them and discover the benefits of a solid relationship.

Key characteristics of a good traveler-recruiter relationship

The key to any strong relationship is communication. This is the same for traveler-recruiter relationships. Having open communication while you’re trying to get the position will ensure your recruiter knows you’re engaged throughout the process. After you accept the contract, let your recruiter know how it’s going and provide them with any updates. Continual communication helps build a successful partnership. It’s also important to establish preferred communication methods with your recruiter.

Transparency, trust, and honesty are a few other characteristics necessary to have a good traveler-recruiter relationship. Transparency and trust go hand in hand. If anything good or bad happens while on assignment, let your recruiter know. The more your recruiter knows, the better they can assist you from contract to contract.

How to build a strong relationship with your recruiter

When you become a traveling healthcare professional with one of the best healthcare travel companies, you’ll need to ask questions and set expectations with your recruiter. When you sit and speak to a recruiter for the first time, be sure to let them know exactly what you’re looking for in a job. Think about what specialty and location you want to work in. When you’re shown contract options, ask about pay, insurance, benefits, how many days of orientation, time off policy, and perks. This all helps you find the perfect contract to fit your needs best.

Being prepared and staying organized will also help you and your recruiter stay on the same page. Your recruiter works to make sure the process is streamlined and that everything goes smoothly for you. As you hop from one assignment to the next, you will develop more skills and life experiences. Your part is to make sure your skills, licenses, records, and any other documents are up to date.

Benefits of a solid relationship with your recruiter

Benefits of a good relationship with your recruiter include knowing someone always has your back, being supported in your job search, and having someone to help you understand and negotiate contracts. If you’re stressed about an upcoming assignment or run into any issues, you can count on your recruiter to alleviate some of the stress and to be there for you from the beginning of the contract to the end.

Recruiters in the traveling healthcare industry will help you schedule interviews, choose the right placement, and guide you through the rest of the process. If you’re looking to find several successful assignments and create a lasting partnership, a traveling healthcare staffing agency like RTG Medical can ensure a good experience!

Get connected with a recruiter at the best healthcare travel companies!

There are many reasons to become a healthcare traveler with RTG Medical. We employ healthcare professionals to travel across the country in a variety of different healthcare settings. We want to be your traveling partner. If you’re ready to become a traveling healthcare professional, contact us today!

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


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.


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!”


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.


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.”


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!”


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 is Coming to a Career Fair Near You!


Are you an aspiring nurse, physical therapist, occupational therapist, or another medical professional? Do you have a strong desire to explore new places across the US like the nurse in the photo above? Are you a student attending one of the schools listed below? If you answered yes to any of these Qs, RTG Medical wants to meet you! RTG is on the hunt for medical professionals that have a strong desire to make a difference in other people’s lives and experience new places while they’re at it. Check out where we’re going to be!

October 6th, 2017: University of Nebraska Medical Center

Visit RTG at the 2017 Physical Therapy Education Networking & Career Fair. The fair will be from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Truhlsen Event Center on UNMC’s campus.

October 11th, 2017: Midland University

Catch us at the Midland University Health and Fitness Career and Internship Fair on Wednesday, October 11th. Stop by the MU Olson Student Center in Fremont, NE from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

October 25th, 2017: College of Saint Mary

CSM health students, we’re coming back to your career fair! Stop by the fair between 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Mercy Hall.

November, 10th, 2017: Creighton University

Come down between 9:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. to the Skutt Student Center at the Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions and College of Nursing Career Fair to meet us!

We can’t wait to see everyone. We’ll make sure to have enough “prescription” M&Ms to give out and tell you more about what the world of travel nursing is like! To learn more about RTG Medical or to see what current positions we have open, visit our website.

Nominate Your Favorite RTG Medical Recruiter for Recruiter of the Year!

Nominate Your Favorite RTG Medical Recruiter for Recruiter of the Year!It’s that time of the year again–time to nominate your favorite RTG Medical recruiter for recruiter of the year!

The award, coordinated by Healthcare Traveler, a source of “information for healthcare professionals on the move,” recognizes exceptional medical recruiters from across the country.

We take pride in every single recruiter who works for us here at RTG Medical, and have been focused on providing quality support for all of our travelers since day one.

And our travelers think so, too–an RTG Medical recruiter has been recognized as medical recruiter of the year every year since 2006. Here are the recruiters who have received this award so far: Continue Reading

So, I Finished My First Travel Assignment. Now What?

So, I Finished My First Travel Assignment. Now What?Your first travel nursing experience can be pretty nerve-racking. Even if you’re an experienced nurse, your first day at a new facility can feel like your first day on the job after graduating, and it can sometimes take time to get adjusted.

But we know you’ll do great, and we’re always here to help. And one of the first questions we get from new travelers is, “What happens after I finish my first travel assignment?”

We’re going to go over a few things that can happen after your first assignment so that you have a better idea of what could happen when you’re done with your first 13 weeks (usually) on the job: Continue Reading

Phone Fundamentals, Part II: Etiquette

Phone Fundamentals, Part II EtiquettePart of being a good representative of RTG Medical is striving to conduct yourself as a professional in all your interactions with medical travelers and health care facilities, even though your relationship may never go beyond the telephone.

Following common-sense guidelines of business etiquette will go far in helping you make a good impression with every conversation.

Take a few of our tips here as an introduction to some of the fundamentals you’ll need for your first days on the job as a medical recruiter: Continue Reading

Phone Fundamentals, Part I: Sound Advice

Phone Fundamentals, Part I Sound AdviceAs a recruiter for RTG Medical, you’ll talk to healthcare travelers and healthcare facilities all over the country, so a great deal of your communication will be by phone.

That’s great for the week after you get a bad haircut, but many times, you’ll find that not being face-to-face makes it harder to convey emotion.

We rely a lot on visual cues during a conversation, so you’ll have to work harder to communicate over the phone because your facial expressions won’t be visible, you can’t use gestures, and nonverbal interaction like head-nodding gets lost altogether.

Good phone conversation skills are an essential part of being a medical recruiter, so you’ll want to make sure that you know all that you can about long-distance communicating if you want to work as a recruiter for RTG Medical.

Luckily, there are many things you can do to optimize this medium. Today, we’re going to cover some of the mechanics of speech itself that can affect your phone presentation. Continue Reading

4 Great Benefits of Working With RTG Medical

4 Great Benefits of Working With RTG MedicalA comfortable wage or competitive salary is certainly one of the fundamental factors to consider when you’re looking at a job opportunity.

But when you’re weighing your options, it’s also important to remember that your compensation is more than just the numbers on your paycheck or the funds deposited into your bank account—the benefits package and perks you receive from your employer have value, too.

RTG Medical wants to attract and retain good employees, which is a large part of the reason that we offer a great package of benefits and perks that enhance our commitment to paying you fairly for your hard work.

Full-time employees who are regularly scheduled to work 36 hours or more per week are eligible for benefits offered by RTG Medical, including:  Continue Reading

What Our Health Care Facilities Want

What Our Health Care Facilities WantWe’ve recently talked about RTG Medical from the perspectives of the traveling health care professional and the recruiter/staffing specialist.

But now it’s time to talk about what RTG Medical means to health care facilities, and what we’re doing that has made us a leader in the very competitive health care staffing industry.

The fundamental mission of RTG Medical as it pertains to health care providers is to assist them in delivering quality patient care in an efficient, effective manner. Our goal is to create successful long-term relationships—not one-time transactions—with medical professionals and providers.

This goal is achieved through a convergence of professional ethics and technology, which delivers the highest quality medical professionals available to match the provider’s job specifications.

From the top down, we understand that there are numerous staffing agencies that any health care facility can choose from.

But we believe that RTG Medical stands out for a number of reasons: Continue Reading

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