We all like to feel as though we have the ability to take charge when it comes to our chosen profession, but there are many aspects of healthcare that even the most experienced and savvy among us simply cannot control.
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You can take heart in this fact, however: you have the ability to take charge of your own career. Nurses and allied health professionals who travel for a living have figured this out. Here are some areas where you can manage and direct your career to better achieve your personal and professional goals.
Take charge of your schedule. The flexibility of determining how much work you take on each year is one of the primary benefits of a traveling career. For example, if you work full-time at a hospital, that institution depends on you to be available to perform a certain number of shifts each week, year-round.
Depending on how much tenure you have, you'd accrue a certain number of vacation weeks each year. In this scenario, you wouldn't be able to waltz into the human resources office and announce that you've decided to take two months off over the summer. Travelers, on the other hand, routinely schedule breaks between assignments.
A healthcare traveler might work 13 weeks, take a month off, follow that up with a 26-week engagement, and then take six weeks off to rest and recharge before going on to the next job.
Take charge of your finances. It's well known that travelers earn good money. What's less well known is that they also have the ability to decide how much they earn.
While full-time healthcare providers enjoy an attractive hourly pay rate and benefits, the institution in which they work generally controls the amount they earn in a given year. Unless they're logging a lot of overtime (a practice that some hospitals may try to avoid) a permanent provider's take home pay is fixed. Moreover, pay raises are usually tied to annual performance reviews and cost of living adjustments.
In contrast, travelers interested in boosting their incomes can work with recruiters to land assignments in locations offering higher pay rates – like rural areas where demand is higher – or the option for working extra shifts during the course of an engagement, such as in high-volume hospitals. The ability to earn more for 13 or 26 weeks at one time is attractive to travelers who want a temporary income boost to pay for expenses like a child's tuition, a home remodeling project, or to bring in extra income if a spouse is out of work.
Take charge of your learning. The on-the-job education that travelers receive as a result of their career choice is a benefit often overlooked. Almost by osmosis, mobile nurses and other healthcare professionals learn new techniques and pick up new skills with each assignment they work.
Practicing in a variety of settings exposes travelers to policies, procedures, and electronic charting systems that might not be seen by someone spending their career in one hospital.
While this type of learning doesn't replace formal continuing education, it most certainly adds value to any healthcare professional's career by introducing them to state-of-the-art technology and innovative ways of providing patient care. Travelers who have built up their skills and resumes by working in different healthcare settings are highly valued in the marketplace. Also, most individuals find that continued learning helps them stay professionally engaged, and are less likely to experience career burnout.
If you've been feeling that you'd like to have more control over your time, money, or professional development, traveling is a viable way to take charge of your career. To find a reputable agency and a recruiter, visit natho.org. HT
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