Travel Guide Travel Therapy

You Know You are a Healthcare Traveler When….

June 29, 2017
Woman hiking on a ridge in Hawaii

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

 

 

 

  • Reply
    Sheryl Aarhus
    July 1, 2017 at 5:20 am

    Said perfectly! The life of a travel nurse!

    • Reply
      Julia Kuhn
      July 2, 2017 at 7:25 pm

      Thank you!! 🙂

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