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You Know You’re a Healthcare Traveler When:
- When somebody ask you “where are you from?” they better get ready for a five-minute story because it is as never as simple as saying 1 place.
- You have told yourself that you can do anything for 13 weeks.
- You have counted down the days until the end of a contract
- You are a pro at car Tetris
- You have private health insurance or have signed up for COBRA at least once
- Your travel pictures are the envy of your friends and family online
- It is impossible to get your friends together at one place or time because they live all over the country
- Your voicemail is full of messages from recruiters about “an amazing job opportunity”
- You have a collection of employee name badges from buildings across the country
- You do not know how to write your resume since you have worked in at least 15 buildings in the past 4 years
- “Tax home” has meaning to you
- You know the pain of filing multi state taxes
- You own an RV (or have seriously considered buying one)
- You have taken a contract for at least one of the following reasons: the money, the weather or because you needed a job and it was there.
- You have mastered the phone interview
- You know multiple EMR’s and have strong opinions about them. When you hear “Meditech” you hope it is not the DOS version and you probably have a stance on RehabOptima versus Casamba.
- You are a pro at drug testing. You probably have had multiple tests in the last year.
- You suffer through multiple TB tests every year. (My highest was 4 in a year).
- By the time you learn your zip code and way to work without GPS it is time to move
- Mail is a headache
- Every possession that you care about can fit in your car
- You have mastered finding an apartment on AirBnB or Craigslist.
- You are sick and tired of your family and friends asking when you are going to settle down.
- Putting 25K+ miles on your car in 1 year is no big deal
- You have suffered through the “travelers abuse” of getting a high caseload or the “bad” patients. However, that has likely helped to sharpen your skills and made you a better clinician.
- You do not want to start working with another agency purely because the new hire/on boarding process is a nightmare
- You do not understand how your peers can work with only two weeks of vacation a year.
- Your birthday never gets on the calendar to celebrate at work, but it is okay because every 3 months your co-workers throw you a going away party/potluck.
- Despite the ups and downs you cannot imagine your life any other way
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