How Healthcare Travelers Can Plan for the Unknown

By BJ Layher, Cardiopulmonary Division Social Media Recruiter, Aureus Medical

About a year ago, I wrote a blog about the prior three months and how it had impacted us all in very different ways. It’s a whole year later and things are still far from back to “normal” whatever that means for you. Most, if not all, of us have faced major changes and had to adjust. Especially you travel healthcare workers! There’s one thing that’s remained the same, and that’s our need to plan for the future.

Do you have a car? Do you have a house or an apartment? Maybe you have student loans you’re still paying on, or are simply saving up for something like more school or a grand vacation? Every single one of us has bills to pay, meaning there’s money that needs to be made.

With many of the job rates being what they’ve been over this past year, many people I’ve talked to have gotten the opportunity to pay off a bunch of debt and save. We would all like to see rates stay high, and who knows they might, but what if they don’t?

More likely than not, you’ll eventually be faced with making the tough choice between taking a contract you don’t really want or holding out a little longer to see if that dream contract comes along again. Here’s a few questions you should answer for yourself that might help you make your decision.

When do you need to have that next check?

It’s important to know when you’re going to run out of money. Chances are good you know when your current contract ends or when your last day is. Knowing when you’ll need to have that next paycheck, will help you determine how long you can hold out for your dream contract.

What does your Plan B look like?

Everyone has a dream location, shift and pay package, but what if that doesn’t come available before you need that next check? Be honest with yourself and determine how far you’re willing to bend on your wants and desires. I recommend making a list and ranking your wants. Is location, shift, or pay most important? Once you determine that order, start with three alternative options for each. For example, regarding location, if Hawaii is your top destination would you consider the sandy beaches of California or Florida? What about Georgia or Texas? Having a real Plan B, C, or even D can go a long way.

Am I working with the right travel healthcare agency and/or recruiter?

There’s no one agency or recruiter right for every traveler, but make sure you feel confident in who you work with. It’s important you’re able to count on their communication and trust they have your best interest in mind.

Benjamin Franklin once said “By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail.” Answering questions like those above or making compromises at time may not be all that fun, but failing to make your bills is much worse.

You’re a rock star. A true frontline hero. Thank you for everything you do every day!

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