Managing anxiety in an ever-changing field

It can be difficult to manage your anxiety as a traveling healthcare professional constantly on the go. During the holiday season, you may find yourself more stressed than normal, with work, holiday shopping, planning trips, or finding time for yourself. Even though you love your job and are looking forward to your upcoming assignments, you can still experience anxiety.

As is, your career choice isn’t the most structured profession, you go to different places constantly, and your job responsibilities are constantly changing. Being anxious about this doesn’t mean you don’t meet amazing people and get to experience unique places. So, how can you best keep up with your traveling healthcare jobs and manage your stress? Here are some tips!

Common stressors for healthcare travelers

Being a healthcare traveler requires a great deal of adaptability. Due to the shortage of healthcare professionals all over, those who are working are sometimes overworked. 60% of nurses and other healthcare professionals report that the insufficient staffing, unmanageable workloads and emotional toll of their job has made them reconsider their profession since the pandemic began. Stress can also be caused by working away from home and meeting new bosses and colleagues all the time.

Find somebody to support you

It is important to have a support system that will stand by you no matter what. Possibly a family member,  a close friend, or even a fellow traveler you have met along the way. You can rely on your coworkers, but having someone consistent you can count on is also important. If things get tough at work, find a coworker you can trust, but also have someone you can talk to at home when things get tough. Seeing a therapist may be helpful if your anxiety has become unmanageable.

Make your health a priority

Maintaining your health is of the utmost importance. Drink plenty of water, eat all the right foods, get a good amount of sleep, exercise regularly and participate in self-care activities. Get a breath of fresh air whenever and however you can. Various foods can give you energy throughout the day and maintain your sleep quality at night, such as greek yogurt, whole grains, beans, cherries and avocados. 

Take breaks

Take a step back if you need to. Identify when you feel anxious and take steps to restore your calm. You may have heard that you have to first love yourself before you can be loved, and in the same way, you have to be at your best to provide your patients with the best. Let yourself take a break or go for a walk outside.

Pursue a hobby

It has been proven that hobbies reduce stress. A study found that those who engage in hobbies are 34% less stressed. Take part in something you enjoy doing, or try something new and interesting. There are many great hobbies you can choose from, including baking, reading, writing, painting, gardening, taking care of houseplants, dancing, photography, knitting, crocheting or sewing, camping, shopping, and exercising.

Prepare for your future traveling healthcare jobs

We are here to help you at RTG Medical. We want you to prioritize your health so you can give your best through each assignment. There are many perks to becoming a healthcare traveler, but it can become overwhelming at times. Managing your anxiety with your traveling healthcare jobs is the key to success. Contact us to get going with your next assignment!

How you can still celebrate Thanksgiving as a healthcare traveler

Everybody should have a good time during the holidays. With constant travel, it’s hard to make the most of the holiday season. It’s November, which means Thanksgiving is just around the corner. The holidays may be a time for family and friends, but you can still enjoy yourself with traveling healthcare jobs. You can celebrate Thanksgiving as a healthcare traveler in these ways!

Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with some of your new friends

Everyone can agree that there’s nothing like waking up on Thanksgiving Day and watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! Consider watching it in-person with some of your new coworkers or friends if you work in New York City. It will be broadcasted on NBC and available to stream on Peacock for all to see. Traveling does not prevent you from participating in this aspect of Thanksgiving.

Eat a Thanksgiving meal with the new people you have met

There is nothing like turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and pumpkin pie to complete your Thanksgiving meal. Put together a Friendsgiving with the new people you’ve met while on your assignment! The delicious meal can be eaten while you are being thankful for your family and friends.

Donate to a charity or volunteer with one

Taking part in a local charity is a great way to give thanks. There are many homeless shelters that need volunteers to help prepare and serve Thanksgiving meals. Food drives will also be organized by other charities and organizations during the holidays. Find something close to your heart and give what you can, from coat drives to gift drives for families with children.

Decorate your facility

You can brighten up your workplace by decorating during the holidays. Add some color to your everyday life with small pumpkins and gourds for you, your coworkers and your patients to enjoy. You can also place fall leaves and corn stalks around the facility.

Run in a turkey trot

If you’re into exercising, running in a turkey trot on or around Thanksgiving is a great way to get some cardio in. Turkey trots are a popular tradition around the United States. You can run in a group virtually or as an individual in your local community. Since you’re going to be eating a full meal, some people opt to burn off the extra calories so they feel their best.

Enjoy the holidays while on traveling healthcare jobs

If you’re a football fan, you can also watch NFL Thanksgiving football games. Wherever you are located this Thanksgiving for your traveling healthcare jobs, you can still embrace the tradition. Despite there truly being no place like home, these tips will help you make the most of your holiday.

Some healthcare travelers will choose to take time off in between contacts and be at home for Thanksgiving. That’s okay, too! Contact RTG Medical today if you’re looking for the perfect place to be this Thanksgiving.

Hot spots for healthcare travelers who love winter

Snowboarding and hot chocolate are popular winter activities as it gets colder. You may want to travel somewhere warmer, but we wanted to highlight some places for winter lovers! If you’re going to be traveling with traveling healthcare agencies this winter, consider finding an assignment in one of these ten cities.

New York City, New York

There is no better place to celebrate the holidays than New York City! Skating at the ice rink in the middle of the city and looking up at the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree are some of the attractions that draw people here in the winter. Christmas lights and displays decorate Fifth Avenue, where you can do your holiday shopping. Times Square is the perfect place to ring in the new year.

Denver, Colorado

Colorado has an abundance of ski resorts if you enjoy skiing and snowboarding. You can even warm up inside the lodge with a cup of hot chocolate or sit in a hot tub amidst the snow. In the heart of downtown Denver, Skyline Park has an ice rink. Visit the Christkindlmarket and find some holiday cheer.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Hit some of the best slopes in the country this winter in Jackson Hole! If you like exploring national parks, take a hike through Yellowstone or Cascade Canyon. After spending the day in the mountains, Jackson Hole has tons of great places to eat. They serve generous portions to satisfy your appetite.

Park City, Utah

Park City gives you both the mountains and the city for the wintertime. It’s the happy medium between New York City and Denver, Colorado. This city is a known ski destination where you can snowboard, ski, ride a snowmobile, and even go up in a hot air balloon.

Seattle, Washington

The Pacific Northwest is known for its food and coffee culture. Seattle has tons of art galleries and museums to take a walk through on those cold, rainy days. You will occasionally see snow here. In the winter, days feel shorter as it’s normally cloudy, and the sun rises and sets earlier and later. You can go on a hike or go snowshoeing in one of the national parks.

Burlington, Vermont

Burlington is a winter wanderlust. From small towns to ski resorts, Burlington is the most visited city in Vermont. You can find places to ski, ice skate, and snowshoe. You can even take a sleigh ride through the forest. Church Street is filled with places to eat and shop. Burlington also has tons of great breweries if you’re looking to grab a beer and warm up.

Boston, Massachusetts

It gets really cold during the winter in Boston, so be sure to pack for this winter weather. You can find yourself skating in the Boston Common Frog Pond, walking the Freedom Trail, admiring the view from the Prudential Skywalk Observatory, and touring the Taza Chocolate Factory. You can also sail through the frigid waters in Boston Harbor.

Fairbanks, Alaska

We all know Alaska is a snowy wonderland all year round. If you’ve always wanted to see the northern lights, this is your chance! You can go dog mushing, fishing, and wildlife watching here. See reindeer up close at the Running Reindeer Ranch. Fairbanks is all around great for winter sports.

Bozeman, Montana

Bozeman is bursting with winter activities once the snow comes. You can go nordic and backcountry skiing, snowboard at Bridger Bowl, and explore Yellowstone National Park. If you’re not a huge fan of snow activities, you can soak in a local hot spring, visit breweries, and unwind at one of Bozeman’s spas.

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Have you ever wanted to see The Nutcracker live? This city in Michigan offers this and more entertainment, including the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park and the World of Winter Festival. Ski and snowboard outside, and partake in shopping and museums inside.

Enjoy your winter with traveling healthcare agencies

If you just can’t wait for winter to come while traveling with traveling healthcare agencies, you can at least begin planning the places you want to visit this year. RTG Medical is here to help you find the perfect assignment in the perfect place. Contact us today to get started!

Best cities for Halloween celebration

We are now well into the month of October, and Halloween will be here before we know it. Whether you’re looking to take part in a pumpkin carving contest or to go on a haunted house tour, we wanted to give our healthcare travelers 10 places that are perfect for fall activities and Halloween experiences!

New Hope, Pennsylvania

Located near the Delaware River and along the New Jersey border, New Hope, Pennsylvania, is a small town that hosts several Halloween celebrations throughout the month of October. If you’re traveling nearby, you’ll want to take a trip to this Halloween wonderland. Some of the special events include a haunted train ride, ghost tours and a zombie crawl. It’s not all spooky, however; you can wander through the town where decorations adorn storefronts and visit the Solebury Orchards where you can get apple cider and pick apples.

Sleepy Hollow, New York

Sleepy Hollow, New York, is home to Washington Irving’s Headless Horseman legend. You can even tour the Sleepy Hollow cemetery where Washington Irving rests. Take part in the Great Jack-‘O-Lantern Blaze, walk through gothic mansions and go on a haunted hayrack ride. If you’re not into the spooky scary skeletons, you can visit the farmer’s markets, celebrate Oktoberfest and watch a Halloween parade.

St. Helens, Oregon

St. Helens, Oregon, is about an hour’s drive out from Portland. You may already recognize this town, as it is where many scenes from the immensely popular Disney Channel Original Movie Halloweentown were filmed.In St. Helens, Halloween is a month-long event. Some of the attractions include a haunted hotel, the Museum of Peculiarities and Oddities and performances from around the world. You’re sure to find a grand spooky adventure in the Spirit Of Halloweentown.

Anoka, Minnesota

Anoka is known as the Halloween Capital of the World. The community hosts events like scarecrow contests, scavenger hunts, bonfires, parades and movie nights. If you’re looking for family-friendly Halloween events, Anoka is the place for you to be. If you’re looking for something a bit scarier, there are also walking ghost tours and a haunted house.

Half Moon Bay, California

While Anoka may be the Halloween Capital of the World, Half Moon Bay holds the title of the Pumpkin Capital of the World. Every October, they host a pumpkin weighing contest, in which the heaviest-grown pumpkin wins. People come from all over the area to participate in the pumpkin contest. Lots of culinary aspects take place in Half Moon Bay, from an Inaugural Harvest Dinner to classes on cooking with pumpkins. This place isn’t the spookiest, but you will feel at home in this fall atmosphere.

Salem, Massachusetts

Everyone knows the Salem Witch Trials took place here. Tons of people are drawn to this place around the time of Halloween every year for this reason. If you want to learn more about the events of the Salem Witch Trials, you can go on a walking tour or watch a movie there. You can also learn about this history at a museum, partake in a haunted house and go on walking ghost tours. Salem also has many fun shops to walk through as well as some delicious Halloween-inspired food to enjoy during your visit.

Keene, New Hampshire

This spot is home to the Keene Pumpkin Festival, now called the Gathering of the Gourds. From carving pumpkins to other fall creativity, you’re sure to fall in love with this small town. If you’re looking for a small-scale, family-friendly event with pumpkin carving contests and different vendors, Keen may be the place to be.

Stowe, Vermont

Stowe, Vermont has it all, from beautiful fall foliage to a spooky scare. You can listen to compelling stories from early settlers on a lantern tour or visit the creepy local landmark called Emily’s Bridge. This bridge is said to be the site of a woman’s death in the 1800s, and it is rumored that she haunts the area by clawing at cars and scratching visitors. Along with the horror, you can participate in pumpkin and ghost festivals with live music, magical arts and ghoulish treats.

Asheville, North Carolina

If you’re a haunted house feen, there are limitless opportunities in Asheville. From the Haunted Asheville Ghost tours to the Biltmore Village Mystery tour, you’re sure to find something to fulfill your adrenaline rush. You can get up close and personal to the ghost stories of this place by learning about the spirits that lurk at the Omni Grove Park Inn, Helen’s Bridge and more.

Harrisville, Rhode Island

The Conjuring House is located here. This house served as the original inspiration for the popular horror film, and its current owners say it is still haunted. You can go on a tour and experience the film for yourself. You can book an overnight tour or just participate in a regular tour.

Join fellow healthcare travelers on their Halloween adventures

Joining Facebook groups with other healthcare travelers and making friends at your current facility this fall is a great way to find someone to go on Halloween adventures with you. If you’re looking to begin your traveling career, contact RTG Medical today! We’re more than happy to help you get started.

Housing options for healthcare travelers

Finding housing for traveling healthcare workers is an important part of this career. Some people will have help from their recruiter with housing, while others will take the offered housing stipend and find their own place to stay. Either way, it can be overwhelming to filter through ads of furnished housing.

It’s a relief once you secure housing for your next assignment with your travel healthcare companies. It takes a lot of time to find short-term housing with everything you’re looking for. You might want furniture, utilities included, a safe and convenient location, a good price and maybe even pet-friendly policies. Where do you even start? Here are some tips on the various housing options for healthcare travelers!

Temporary furnished housing

You can find housing for traveling healthcare workers on sites like Furnished Finder and Travel Nurse Housing. These sites are specifically for travel nurses and other travel professionals to find temporary housing. With this option, you will use the agency-provided stipend. Each agency has a different type of housing stipend for their travelers. Talk with your recruiter to fully understand yours.

You can also use sites such as Apartments.com, VRBO and Tripping to find housing options. It’s important to keep in mind that these sites are not made specifically for healthcare travelers, and you will need to be more wary of housing scams. Most healthcare travelers end up opting to find their own housing.

Airbnb

Vacation rental websites like Airbnb are also a great option, as they come furnished and with utilities included. Airbnbs are found in over 81,000 cities. Many Airbnbs are rented for a few nights, and the owners are often happy to rent out their housing longer and may offer a discounted rate. Be sure to discuss this with the owner.

Extended stay hotels

A perk of extended stay hotels are all the amenities that are offered. Oftentimes you will receive free breakfast, free wifi, fully equipped kitchens, bed linens, a swimming pool, a hot tub and workout facilities. Some hotels also offer a discounted rate for traveling professionals. 

Agency-placed housing

Most agencies do not provide housing, but there are a few who do. With this, there are fewer options. Agencies who offer housing typically work with certain property managers and owners in different locations. It’s up to you to decide to what degree you want to be in charge of your housing. If you choose this option over a stipend, you’ll have less control. A pro is that you don’t have to allocate a lot of time toward searching for housing, but a con is you don’t get much of a choice in where you live for the next few months.

Staying with friends and family in the area

If you have a friend or family member in the area you’re traveling to, it might be a good idea to live with them for the duration of your contract. Most contracts are 13 weeks long, so you’ll want to be sure your friends and family know the extent of the stay. If there is a guest bedroom and bathroom separate from the person already living there, it may work better. They may even appreciate you offering to pay them a small amount during your stay.

Secure your housing with travel healthcare companies
RTG Medical wants to ensure you’re able to find housing for traveling healthcare workers. We want you to be safe and comfortable wherever you are. Whether you’re looking for a studio apartment or a beachy house bungalow, feel free to reach out to your recruiter at your travel healthcare companies with any questions; they’re here to help. Contact us today with any other questions you may have!

Ways healthcare travelers can avoid housing scams

As a healthcare traveler, it can sometimes be difficult to find the right housing, especially if it’s your first assignment. A perfect opportunity may finally present itself and you may want to take advantage of it immediately. However, there are several housing scams to be aware of. Using a trustworthy website to find housing, verifying with your recruiter and doing some research of your own will ensure you’re not getting scammed.

Every traveler wants to find affordable and safe housing. As one of the best medical staffing travel agencies, RTG Medical wants our traveling healthcare professionals to know what types of housing scams exist so that if you ever run into any, you’re able to avoid getting scammed. Below are common housing scams, red flags to look out for and how to avoid them when looking for a place to live.

Common housing scams

A good landlord is running a business and will ensure there are good photos to highlight their properties, as well as sufficient information about the property and location. A rental shown in the best light is a good sign that it’s legitimate. When you notice an ad that is short in detail along with blurry photos of the property, it’s probably fake and best to move on to the next. Always take the time to report the ad for your fellow healthcare travelers. Below are the two most common housing scams:

Fake ads

Fake ads often have little information and few photos. If it was a real landlord behind the ad, they would put the work in to make sure the ad contained plenty of info and images to intrigue you. On the other hand, you might notice really nice images that catch your eye, but they will likely follow with information that seems too good to be true. Rental prices should also be consistent with other houses in the area, so if you see tons of amenities for a bargain of a price, it’s most likely a scam.

Identity theft ads

The next type of scam is identity theft. This is when the thief has stolen the identity of the landlord and is posing as them to sell the property and potentially receive money. This type is less obvious than the other, but you should be able to sense that something is off with the “landlord.” If they are unable to show you the place for an odd reason or seem overly urgent  for you to choose this place, they could be trying to scam you. 

Red flags to look for

When searching for housing, be sure to notice these red flags:

A dramatic storyline as to why the landlord cannot meet you

If they are on vacation, stuck overseas or cannot meet because they are sick, avoid interacting with them any further. Report the ad. Real landlords have a streamlined process making it easy for both parties involved.

Landlord being unable to meet in person

You should always be able to meet the landlord. Even if the housing is in a different state than the landlord, he should have someone in that location to meet with you. If the landlord is always coming up with an excuse to cancel, it’s probably a scammer.

Unusual communication hours

If you see that you’re getting replies to your emails or phone calls at unexpected times like 3 a.m., the person is probably located in a different time zone or overseas and is trying to scam you.

Poorly written emails with European spelling

This is another tell tale sign of scamming. If you have a hard time trying to decipher the email, or if you notice grammatical errors and spelling mistakes, that’s a huge red flag. A real landlord will be sure they come across as professional.

The landlord wants you to wire funds

There are a plethora of ways to make rent payments besides wiring funds. When you wire funds, you are unable to get your money back. Beware of scams through Venmo, as well, and deter the conversation and avoid this scammer.

The use of high-pressure sales tactics

If you’re hearing a lot of, “tons of other people are interested in this property” and “you need to apply as quickly as possible,” it’s likely you’re dealing with a scammer. Reputable landlords go through an application and verification process to get you all set up to move in. If you feel rushed, trust your gut instinct and move on to a different option.

How to avoid housing scams

One way to avoid scams is to use a reputable site. Websites like Travel Nurse Housing and Furnished Finder are two good ones to go through. Furnished Finder requires the landlord to verify their identity before they can post listings.

You can use Google Maps to make sure this house exists where it says it does. You can also run the images on the listing through a Google search to verify that there is no other real listing and that you’re looking at a scam. Scammers are good at their jobs, but you can take these precautions to help ensure you don’t get scammed and that they get caught.

Ensure success with the best medical staffing travel agencies 

Being aware of these scams and following these tips is a good way to find real housing. Take your time when looking for housing and be sure to use a reputable site. If you have to, do some sleuthing of your own. As one of the best medical staffing travel agencies, RTG Medical is here to help. Contact us or your recruiter with any questions or concerns.

Workout apps for healthcare travelers

It can be difficult to stay healthy and find time for a good workout while on the go from assignment to assignment. It’s more convenient to stop at a fast food restaurant while driving to your next destination or to go home and sleep after a long day of work. However, after getting in a good workout for the day, you might feel and sleep better.

Getting into a regular exercise routine can be difficult when you work with travel healthcare companies, and a gym membership isn’t the most convenient when you’re constantly on the go. Taking the extra time to drive to the gym for a workout may not fit into your schedule, even if you have a gym membership that allows you to go anywhere in the United States. A workout app is a great way to incorporate a workout into a busy schedule, and we wanted to provide you with some of the best workout apps for healthcare travelers.

1. Peloton

Peloton is known primarily for its cycling classes, but it also offers strength and stretching workouts. You can easily complete these workouts in an apartment or a smaller room in the house you’re staying in without any weights. There are also courses for dumbbells and weights if you have them. There are also outside workouts you can enjoy, so you don’t have to confine yourself to exercising inside.

2. Nike Run Club

A great running club is Nike Run Club, especially if you run in various locations all the time. Your personal fitness goals can be mapped out using this running program, no matter where you are. It also offers a free 7-day trial.

3. Down Dog

If you’re into yoga, Down Dog is a must. The app walks you through yoga poses, HIIT, meditation, barre, running and even prenatal yoga. You can choose the amount of time you want to practice and pick your level of focus, and the app will create a personalized yoga workout for you every time.

4. ROMWOD

ROMWOD offers stretching exercises. If yoga isn’t quite your thing, you can still stretch your body with the help of this app. There are 15-20 minute videos that guide you through different stretches. This app will keep your body moving.

5. Strava and MyFitnessPal

Strava and MyFitnessPal both help when it comes to fitness tracking. Strava can keep track of your runs, weightlifting sessions and more. MyFitnessPal helps you track your nutrition and keeps you in line with your fitness goals.

Start your next adventure and join a healthcare travel company! 
Whether you’re into meditation and yoga, or running and lifting, these apps are sure to be a great partner alongside your travel healthcare companies. RTG Medical would love to be your travel partner. Our recruiters are here to help you along the way from each travel assignment to the next. Contact us today to get started with your traveling career!

Tips for night shifts as a travel healthcare professional

As there are with most things, there are pros and cons to becoming a traveling healthcare professional. One of the major benefits is traveling around the country while doing what you love. On the other hand, a con could be having to work a couple of night shifts.

Night shifts aren’t all bad news though. There are advantages to doing night shifts, such as higher pay and quieter shifts. However, if you are not used to working during the night, it can be quite difficult to adjust.

There are a few simple changes you can make to make your night shift easier. Our healthcare travel agency team wants to share some tips for mastering the night shift as a travel healthcare professional. 

Tips for night shifts as a travel healthcare professional

Create a sleeping schedule

The hardest thing about the night shift for some people is readjusting your sleeping schedule. You should make it your goal to get at least seven hours of sleep. Mayo Clinic reports that adults should get seven or more hours of sleep each night

One of the best ways to get the hours you need is by creating a sleep schedule and sticking to it. Also, do all the things you normally do when you are about to sleep. For example, you should wash your face and brush your teeth or read a book if that’s what you usually do. Do not forget to buy some blackout curtains or shades, which will help create a darker environment that is better for sleep.

Try to stay alert

Night shifts can be relatively slow shifts depending on the day or your department. During long shifts, it can be difficult to keep your mind alert. You should try to do things that will keep your mind sharp and alert.

There are several ways you can stay alert, like completing tasks that will lend a helping hand to the day shift nurses. If you find yourself with even more extra time, you should try:

  • Reading a book
  • Doing puzzles and sudokus 
  • Reading medical and nursing journals
  • Listening to podcasts 

Do not drink too much caffeine 

Caffeinated drinks are a must for all night shifts. Some popular caffeinated drinks that healthcare workers drink include coffee, energy drinks and soft drinks. However, you should be cautious about your caffeine intake. 

Drinking too much caffeine may make falling asleep tough when you get home. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration considers 400 milligrams or four cups of brewed coffee as a safe amount of caffeine for healthy adults.

Exercise regularly

Aside from managing your mental health, you should also be managing your physical health. Exercising regularly can provide you advantages as a night shift healthcare worker. It helps increase alertness, fight fatigue and keep your weight under control

Even if you do not have enough time to hit the gym every day, move around on the job. One way you can increase your physical activity is by taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Also, ask if your facility has wellness programs and worksite fitness centers for their employees. 

Continue working for the best healthcare travel agency!

RTG Medical is the best healthcare travel agency. We would love to be your healthcare traveling partner. If you are interested in the traveling healthcare profession, do not hesitate to reach out to us today.

What to do if your pay is cut during your assignment

Pay cuts have increased as the staffing demand in hospitals and other healthcare facilities has decreased since Covid-19. However, it can still come as a shock when your pay gets cut mid-assignment. You and your recruiter negotiated and agreed on a contract, so what happened?

If your pay does get cut midway through your contract, you will be notified by either your recruiter or the head of the top healthcare travel company you’re currently working at. It is unlikely that they will cut your pay without telling you, but it’s important to keep track of your hours so that if you notice a mishap in your paycheck, you can pinpoint where exactly it happened. We hope it never happens, but if it does, here’s what to do!

Contact your recruiter

Your recruiter may have already reached out to you with the news. You will want to keep in contact with them to help decide what you should do now, as your recruiter can help figure out what opportunities are available. If you’re more than halfway through your 13-week assignment, it might be best to stick it out with the decreased pay, depending on how much it was cut by. If you’re just starting to get accumulated with where you are though, you likely have the option to find a new contract with better pay.

Recruiters can also help you determine if there are any other contacts in the same or close by that pay more; sometimes pay cuts are across all facilities, not just one. Additionally, they can help you decide whether starting over in a new place is worth the effort.

Find out the reason why

Find out exactly when your pay is changing so that you know how long you have to decide whether to stay or leave. Then, know the standard rate for your position and the location you are in. You can then see what other jobs in the area are paying; some might be similar, others might be higher or lower.

Look at the pros and cons

It is important to consider all of the factors. Does moving to a different location make sense? What are the new standards in this industry and are there other jobs with higher rates? How will this cut affect your budget for the duration of your contract? Do you like your current job, your coworkers and your patients? How does this affect your career? Will your pet be able to travel to a new area so quickly?

Make the next move

Once you have considered all your options with the help of your recruiter, it’s time to move forward. You can either accept the pay cut and finish the contract, or decline it and end the contract. You will likely have to sign some paperwork either confirming or denying the pay cut.

Continue working with the top healthcare travel companies

RTG Medical is here to help you throughout each and every contract. It’s important to stay positive. You didn’t do anything wrong, sometimes the healthcare industry or related organizations have to make pay cuts for a variety of reasons. You can always find another assignment out there through one of the top healthcare travel companiesContact us or your recruiter today if you have any questions or concerns.

Considering van life as a traveling healthcare professional

Lots of people are intrigued by the nomadic aesthetic of van life and become interested in giving it a try themselves. Van life has grown in popularity recently, as living in a van gives you freedom unlike anything else. You’re able to travel freely, be in nature, live more simply, unplug from social media and even save money.

As a traveling healthcare professional, you’re always on the go traveling from one state to another. With all of your healthcare traveler jobs, you’re constantly finding new housing options, temporarily changing your mailing address and adjusting bills. Travel nurse van life might be something you consider when you’re in a new place after every 13-week contract.

How van life can work for your career

If you decide to take on living in a van, you’ll likely need to downsize and begin living a more minimalist lifestyle. It’s a big decision, but a major benefit is that your entire life and house will be with you for every assignment. As a healthcare traveler, you’re already diving into new places and building new friendships. In the same way, travel nurse van life will open up a plethora of opportunities for you.

Even if you have pets that you consider a part of your family, it’s possible to take them along on this wild ride with you. You and your pet will both have to adjust, but getting to explore the new sights together will be worth the while. It takes a bit of work upfront to convert a van into a home that can be lived in, but many find the benefits far outweigh the cons.

Pros and cons of van life as a healthcare traveler

The pros of van life include flexibility, fewer expenses, taking part in a minimalist lifestyle, enjoying nature right up front and in person,and less time spent scrolling meaninglessly through your phone. If you have a love for adventure and a traveling career, it can be a great way to let go of some of the things aren’t necessary and live a more free and open-minded life.

With all of the pros, come some cons as well. One thing about van life is that everything is smaller. Maybe you’ve lived in a studio apartment before, but van life can be even more confining than that. You will have to consider the amount of time you’ll be cleaning, using dump stations and public bathrooms a lot more than you do right now. You also need to find a safe site every time you park overnight. The final negative is that cell service and Wi-Fi can be hard to find sometimes.

Begin your traveling adventure with RTG Medical

Maybe you’re already comfortable in your traveling career and you’ve begun thinking about van life, or maybe the first step for you is to find your traveling partner and start searching for healthcare traveler jobs. RTG Medical has helped many nurses, therapists, physicians, lab techs and more find their perfect niche in the world of traveling healthcare. If you’re interested in working with us, reach out today to begin your adventure!

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