Travel Nursing & Allied Life
Travel Nursing & Allied Life is a podcast about all things related to Healthcare Traveling. The TravCon team brings you current information about the healthcare travel industry so you can stay updated and connected throughout the year. We host 5 separate series: Industry Trends: Interviewing the leaders of the industry & travel nursing agencies on current trends in the healthcare travel industry. Hosted by Laura Latimer - founder of Nomadicare. Speaker Series: Giving you a sneak peak into the information & sessions provided at the upcoming conference. Hosted by Dylan Callier - founder of New Medical Nomads. Newbie News: Covering issues for new travelers or those dreaming about starting their healthcare travel career - nursing or allied. Hosted by Tricia Novak & Cyndi Weiss - PICU travelers & Newbie Mentors. The Healthcare Traveler Minute where you hear tips from experienced healthcare travelers that they find especially important. Hosted by Michelle Freitag. The Exhibitor Minute: We bring you tips and insights from recruiters and other industry insiders. Hosted by Michelle Freitag. TravCon is here to help guide & connect all healthcare professionals from all specialties, navigate their travel careers, & stay current with the trends & changes.
Which Allied Travelers Go To TravCon the Most?
October 12, 2021 • 8 MIN
TravCon 2021 was 10-12% Allied Travelers. This included travel radiology, travel therapy, traveling clinical lab scientists, and others! See the breakdown and how strong your profession's presence is at TravCon!
#TravCon21 Recap, Scholarships & $1000 New Company Cash Drawing
October 6, 2021 • 7 MIN
#TravCon21 was incredible in so many ways. Our goal of showing that large events could be hosted safely was achieved: Attendees & exhibitors faithfully wore their masks and followed all the safety requests we had in the hall. The food was incredible and all day coffee was a hit. The sessions were well received and the exhibit hall was crazy with excited attendees engaging with exhibitors.
LA Job Market Update, Unique Custom Assignments & VIP Superbowl Tickets!
September 21, 2021 • 19 MIN
Ever wanted to do a travel nurse contract in Sunny Los Angeles? This just might be the perfect fit for you! Joining us this week is Therese Nery who has been President of Core MedStaff for 18 years and know the town inside and out.
What to expect at Newbie BootCamp this year!
September 14, 2021 • 10 MIN
Newbie BootCamp This one day pre-conference workshop covers what it takes, what’s involved and how to get started as a traveling healthcare professional. Designed for those dreaming about traveling, those just starting their traveling career, and those that want to fill in the gaps in their understanding of the basics. Newbie News runs through all the sessions, and what to expect during the new Networking Lunch, and the Reception afterwards.
Travel Nurse Insider: What Agencies Teach Their Recruiters
September 7, 2021 • 8 MIN
Ever wonder what recruiters are taught behind the scenes? Jeff West has spent sixteen years in the healthcare staffing industry and a regional manager with Aureus Medical Group. Listen for this introductory episode and get ready for Jeff to spill the beans in his virtual session available after TravCon!
A New Short Term Housing Service for Travelers!
August 31, 2021 • 14 MIN
Meet Keisha Manning from Nursesbnb Inc who is a travel nurse and entrepreneur helping out other travelers.
How to Avoid Going Hoarse @ TravCon
August 24, 2021 • 16 MIN
It's very common to strain your voice during several days of conference excitement. Many even lose their voice! You can start with some easy steps to protect your voicebox health so it's ready for the conference.
TravCon Planning Guide, Insider Tips, What to Pack & More!
August 18, 2021 • 22 MIN
Welcome to the podcast! This episode is all about the Travelers Conference as we are just over a month out. TravCon is Sept 26th - 29th in Las Vegas at the Paris Hotel and it’s going to be epic. I’m going to give you a general overview of the conference, what to expect while you’re there, and later some insider tips so stay tuned for that.
TravCon Tips for First Time Attendees
August 10, 2021 • 13 MIN
You've done all your prep and now it's time to experience TravCon!
Which Sessions? New vs Veteran Traveler Sessions
August 3, 2021 • 14 MIN
How do I know which session I should go to? TravCon has a large variety of sessions for the large variety of nurses, therapy, and allied travelers. Some are better suited for new travelers while others are a deep industry dive for the more experienced.
Travel PT, Surviving Covid & Myofascial Release
July 27, 2021 • 19 MIN
Mark Zajac is a Physical Therapist of over 20 years who took his skills on the road almost 3 years ago. He first attended TravCon's Newbie BootCamp to lay the groundwork for traveling, and hasn't looked back since.
A Central Housing Resource for Travel Nurses
July 20, 2021 • 30 MIN
Housing is one of the hardest challenges for healthcare travelers to navigate but there is now a great resource for you! Brian Payne founded FurnishedFinder.com to help healthcare professionals find monthly furnished housing and has amassed over 70,000 listings across the country.
Prepping for TravCon
July 13, 2021 • 14 MIN
Is this your first TravCon you've attended? This is a must-listen episode for you. Tricia & Cyndi cover all the important things you need to do, plan and prepare for a fun TravCon!
The Biggest Tech Trends to Watch in 2021
July 7, 2021 • 14 MIN
After interviewing tech leaders in travel healthcare and running her own tech company, Nomadicare, Laura has been watching the biggest tech trends of the year and is here to tell all!
Hospital Sheets & Giggles, Talking with Comedian & KeyNote Speaker Brenda Elsagher
June 29, 2021 • 21 MIN
Meet this year's KeyNote Speaker Brenda Elsagher -- an international speaker, author, & comedian! Find out her background when jumping into becoming a comedian and the science behind laughter in medicine.
Medical Missions in Nepal, Haiti, Dominican Republic & Morocco
June 22, 2021 • 28 MIN
Ana Wilkinson - the Dancing Nurse - shares her experiences with Medical Missions and what's it's like to join one.
Four Health Insurance Options for Travel Nurses
June 15, 2021 • 20 MIN
Shari describes the 4 types of health insurance that are available to healthcare travelers, and which ones are impacted by pre-existing conditions.
Fusion Marketplace: Is the industry moving towards transparency?
June 8, 2021 • 36 MIN
Today, agencies are displaying their jobs more publicly, with pay details and location details for all to see.
The Good, the Bad & the Ugly of Social Media
June 3, 2021 • 16 MIN
The dangers of posting on social media can extend far further than you ever thought. Cyndi & Tricia talk about real life examples from travelers that posted seemingly funny posts (or not) and ended up losing their jobs.
International Service Learning and Leverage Your Travel Nurse Lifestyle
May 25, 2021 • 25 MIN
Travel Nurses and allied clinicians have a lifestyle that allows them to shape their careers where their passions lead him. Dr. Tracey Long talks about big take-aways for starting your personal business and participating in international services! Get in touch with Dr. Tracey Long at the conference this year and also find her at https://lifelonglearningeducation.com/ or email her at longforhome@gmail.com This podcast is sponsored by TravCon: The Travelers Conference which is an annual conference for Healthcare Travelers. Find all the episodes and more at www.travcon.org/podcast/
What it's like to have Covid Leaving Your Staff Job & Staying Fit on the Road
May 18, 2021 • 34 MIN
Ana Wilkinson - known as 'The Dancing Nurse' with her groovin' moves she shares with her patients - has recently joined the ranks of travel nurses. Her first three assignments were epic - New York at the start of Covid, Texas at the height of their Covid surge, and Texas in their once-in-a-lifetime winter storm.
AMN Leaders Talk Technology & Meeting Traveler Needs
May 11, 2021 • 36 MIN
AMN is a market leader in our industry and more travelers work with AMN than any other company. They own MSPs and VMS's and have travel brands for allied, nursing and therapy. They are huge!
Job Market Update for Healthcare Travelers
May 4, 2021 • 19 MIN
Maddie Landstrom from Fusion Medical Staffing brings us an update on the travel market both in the nursing and allied fields. If travelers went permanent in a staff job, now is a great time to get back into the market! Find out what areas are hot for nurses and therapy travelers.
Why Can't I Have: 1st Day Insurance, Compact Licenses & More!
April 27, 2021 • 15 MIN
Tricia & Cyndi are discussing the questions of the day including medical insurance, compact licenses, guaranteed hours and more!
University Professor Gives a Clinical Pearl for Treating Those with Autism: Interview with Dr. Otty
April 20, 2021 • 8 MIN
Autism is no longer a childhood only disorder as our young patients become young adults. Dr. Otty is a Researcher and Professor at Touro University of Nevada and takes a special interest in the diagnosis of Autism.
Healthcare Travel Couple Turned World Travelers & Entrepreneurs
April 13, 2021 • 32 MIN
Kim & Erran G are a dynamic travel couple who are healthcare travelers in the radiology world. Kim is a travel sonographer, and Erran is in Interventional Radiology. They have been traveling for over 8 years and share some of their experiences with us. They have a website full of great information for healthcare travelers, and have also built a 'Travelers School' which allows budding travelers online courses on how to travel in healthcare.
Info on Vaccine Contracts & How Travel Agencies Say 'Thank You!'
April 6, 2021 • 12 MIN
This week we are talking about vaccine assignments later in this episode so stay tuned for that. We're also bringing you an example of how travel companies like to show appreciation for their healthcare travelers so stay tuned for that!
Why are there so many closed jobs on job boards?! (And more!)
March 30, 2021 • 33 MIN
Why are there so many closed jobs are on job boards? Why does a traveler submit to a job and it can feel like a black hole? Why can’t travelers see full details about a job instantly? Why don’t recruiters know simple things like our scrub colors? How many travel jobs open and close each day? How any new travel job come in each month? Find out on this episode with Laura and Ron!
Cancel Culture? Travel Nurse Contracts
March 23, 2021 • 15 MIN
Nurse contract cancellations are on the rise now that pandemic hospitalizations are declining. As a result, many travel nurse contracts are being cancelled. Do travelers have any options to protect against cancellations? Find out in this episode.
Travel Without Sacrificing Your Career: Be an Elite Travel Therapist
March 16, 2021 • 11 MIN
Have a family, have a career, or travel -- sounds like a pick two. Dr. Stephen Stockhausen and his wife Ellen show that you can have it all! Listen as we talk about crushing the an old rumor that clings to travel culture and the idea of being valuable, top class clinician. Find the travel family at http://ptadventures.com/   On Instagram @ptadventures_ And their popular course https://ptadventures.thinkific.com/courses/elite-level-travel This podcast is sponsored by TravCon: The Travelers Conference which is an annual conference for Healthcare Travelers. Find all the episodes and more at www.travcon.org/podcast. Get your conference ticket on our website www.travcon.org and join us in Vegas in September!"
How to Build a Brand on Social Media
March 9, 2021 • 18 MIN
This episode focuses on how to build your own brand on social media - whatever it may be. So many times we are held back not knowing where to start, so Julia Kuhn from The Traveling Traveler gives you specific tools to use and grow with. Julia talks about the value of creating content on your chosen medium, and then moving on to growing your social media presence once you have narrowed down your niche and mission. She talks about different options there are to host your content, how to decide on your mission, and how she got started in her ventures. Julia encourages you to start small, and not to worry about having all the puzzle pieces to be in place before starting. She recommends several tools that are time savers and creative tools to help design her artwork. These include: htttps://www.canva.com https://www.planoly.com Scheduling on Facebook's business page option More advanced artwork can be done in Photoshop: https://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop.html If you'd like to write an article for the TravCon Hub www.travcon.org/blog/ email Julia@travcon.org Julia gives us a sneak peak into what she is working on this year, and what she is planning to launch specifically for travelers later this year. You can find more information on Julia or traveling therapists: Website www.thetravelingtraveler.com. Instagram handle: @thetravelingtraveler FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1448521798747444 TikTok: JuliaKuhnSLP This podcast is sponsored by TravCon: The Travelers Conference which is an annual conference for Healthcare Travelers. Find all the episodes and more at www.travcon.org/podcast. Get your conference ticket on our website www.travcon.org and join us in Vegas in September!
What to Expect with a New Travel Company
March 2, 2021 • 21 MIN
What should I expect when on-boarding to a new facility? Sean Purcell & Taylor Cieslik from OneStaff Medical talk about what they discuss with travelers new to their company. What points are important, and what they do to get all travelers on the same page. Getting paid on time is important! Sean & Taylor give insight into what they need from travelers to get their paychecks ready, and what they do to make it happen. OneStaff has a new payroll system that makes it easier for travelers to upload their hours and information directly to payroll, reducing errors and missed hours. To connect with Sean or Taylor at OneStaff, you can find them through their website: www.onestaffmedical.com, on Facebook, Instagram, or by email: Sean: SPurcell@onestaffmedical.com & Taylor: TCieslik@onestaffmedical.com. You can also call OneStaff Medical and ask for Sean or Taylor. This podcast is sponsored by TravCon: The Travelers Conference which is an annual conference for Healthcare Travelers. Find all the episodes and more at www.travcon.org/podcast. Get your conference ticket on our website www.travcon.org and join us in Vegas in September!
They raised $34 million! Learn what they are building for travel healthcare
February 23, 2021 • 32 MIN
Tech is changing the travel industry! Alexi G. Nazem is the Co-Founder and CEO of Nomad. They are a technology driven healthcare staffing company, meaning they are building a staffing agency that is inspired by companies like Airbnb and Kayak. They show job information in real time for the traveler, without the traveler needing to depend or wait on a human to learn about jobs or to request to submit. Alexi is rethinking the experience of travelers! His company has raised millions of dollars from venture capitalists to grow and develop this resource quickly.  This episode is worth listening to for everyone (staffing agencies and travelers) to help expand our minds on what this industry will most likely look like in the future. This podcast is sponsored by TravCon: The Travelers Conference which is an annual conference for Healthcare Travelers. Find all the episodes and more at www.travcon.org/podcast. Get your conference ticket on our website www.travcon.org and join us in Vegas in September!
The Travel Nurse Bucket List
February 16, 2021 • 19 MIN
Travel nurses typically have a bucket list that motivates them to travel. While everyone's is different, many bucket lists include: Freedom to see other places/countries Earning better money Being off for the holidays Preventing burnout Find out what's on Tricia and Cyndi's lists and how those things can change from year to year. What's on your bucket list for healthcare traveling? Leave us a comment below. This podcast is sponsored by TravCon: The Travelers Conference which is an annual conference for Healthcare Travelers. Find all the episodes and more at www.travcon.org/podcast. Get your conference ticket on our website www.travcon.org and join us in Vegas in September!
Achieve Fitness Goals on the Road with this Strategy
February 9, 2021 • 6 MIN
Hit your health and fitness goals without feeling terrible! Meet the former figure competitor, coach, and new mother: Alex McCoy. Catch her biggest tip in this episode to stay healthier on the round despite all our challenges as travelers! Also find her supportive and body positive community on FB at Fit Travel Life, or on her website www.fittravellife.net This podcast is sponsored by TravCon: The Travelers Conference which is an annual conference for Healthcare Travelers. Find all the episodes and more at www.travcon.org/podcast. Get your conference ticket on our website www.travcon.org and join us in Vegas in September!
A Must-Know Housing Option for Travel Nurses & Allied
February 2, 2021 • 18 MIN
What's the most stressful part of life for travel nurses, travel therapists, and all travel healthcare? Many say finding housing and it can easily make or break an assignment! Extended Stay America has been busy during the pandemic upgrading many of their hotels across the country, building new locations, and adding in extra features. Find out what improvements Extended Stay has done this past year, and what they have to offer those who stay with them. They offer a hefty discount to healthcare travelers through many of the travel agencies, and an additional discount code that is active all year for healthcare professionals is: EANUR on their website www.extendedstayamerica.com To see the pictures of the upgrades on the video portion of this podcast, you can watch on our YouTube channel: This podcast is sponsored by TravCon: The Travelers Conference which is an annual conference for Healthcare Travelers. Find all the episodes and more at www.travcon.org/podcast. Get your conference ticket on our website www.travcon.org and join us in Vegas in September!
The Ideal Hustle for Healthcare Travelers
January 26, 2021 • 24 MIN
Today we talk with Sherry Rendell, an ED/PACU travel RN who sells Medicare Insurance Supplement plans in her spare time. This is a specialty that is ideal for any medical professional as they are already familiar with how the medical system generally works. Find out what's involved to get certified and licensed to do this type of work, and what it's like to be a medicare insurance representative. Sherry talks about the types of calls she receives, what knowledge you need, and what it's like to manage many clients from year to year. Sherry also lets you know how much you'll be paid each time to sell a policy, and what you continue to collect month-to-month on passive income. For more information on being a medicare insurance agent, look up your state's license requirements for a Health and Life Agent License. Every state uses different terminology - in Florida it's a 2-15 license, in other states they label it differently. If you would like to contact Sherry directly, her email is Sherry1126rn@gmail.com. This podcast is sponsored by TravCon: The Travelers Conference which is an annual conference for Healthcare Travelers. Find all the episodes and more at www.travcon.org/podcast
The future of jobs, bill rates (and more) in 2021!
January 19, 2021 • 10 MIN
Happy New Year and happy wild year ahead for travelers! This episode will take about the future of our industry and trends for 2021. Who will have lots more jobs in 2021? Who will have awesome pay for 2021? Who are the NEW specialties that will be able to travel this year? What settings are the therapists going to be needed in? What about strike in 2021? Who is going to quit and have crazy turn over this year? Find out on this episode   of Traveler Trends with Laura Latimer This podcast is sponsored by TravCon: The Travelers Conference which is an annual conference for Healthcare Travelers. Find all the episodes and more at www.travcon.org/podcast. Get your conference ticket on our website www.travcon.org and join us in Vegas in September!
Is the Money Worth It?
January 12, 2021 • 24 MIN
Tricia & Cyndi explore some some issues that have been occurring on assignments. There are risks when accepting an assignment you aren't qualified for one of those risks is to your license. Recently a patient died when a nurse took a patient she may not have been trained adequately for. Find out more about that situation. Did you know that some hospitals will make you a DNR (Do Not Return) if you leave to be a traveler? There are also rules limiting returning to the same facility as a traveler. These vary from facility to facility but can impact your travels. How important is malpractice insurance? Tricia & Cyndi talk about some things to consider when choosing to carry this insurance and what they recommend. This podcast is sponsored by TravCon: The Travelers Conference which is an annual conference for Healthcare Travelers. Find all the episodes and more at www.travcon.org/podcast
5 Predictions in 2021 for Healthcare Travelers
January 6, 2021 • 6 MIN
For 2021, we have 5 predictions for the Healthcare Travel Industry to share with you. We’ll circle back to these predictions at the end of the year and see how accurate we were. Listen in to hear our predictions on: 1) Pay rates for travelers 2) Remote Work Opportunities 3) The Conference Industry 4) The Covid Vaccine 5) The Demand for Healthcare Travelers What are your predictions for 2021? Leave us a comment below. At TravCon, we're very optimistic that 2021 will be the year to celebrate the traveler. We’re excited to bring everyone back together again at the Travelers Conference this September 26th - 29th in Las Vegas. So many of our exhibitors are excited to give back to the travelers who have worked so hard all year, and the travelers are hoping to finally get back to their family reunion! We also have a monthly trivia night hosted by Dylan Callier which has been really popular. It’s a lot of fun and open to any traveler that would like to join. Email Dylan@travcon.org to get the invite link for the next event. As always, you can find out more information about us and our conference on our website TravCon.org. We invite you to subscribe to our podcast on our website, or anywhere you get your podcasts. Email us at podcast@travcon.org if you would like to be a guest on our show, or just leave a comment. We’d love to hear from you!
Government Contract Tips from a CEO Nurse
December 29, 2020 • 11 MIN
Meet the CEO of Medical Staffiing Solutions, LLC and Rapid Staff: Melanie Theriac. After talking about Hawaii contracts and other destination locations in previous TravCon sessions, Melanie is returning to share her tips for those interested in government contracts. Traditionally, the Background Check is something that takes time and must be planned. With COVID-19, now Rapid Response contracts are available. Listen to some quick pearls here before catching her next session "Working in Government Facilities" at TravCon 2021 in September. This podcast is sponsored by TravCon: The Travelers Conference which is an annual conference for Healthcare Travelers. Find all the episodes and more at www.travcon.org/podcast/ and www.TravCon.org
International Trips with Travel Nurses + Contracts Away from the Bedside
December 22, 2020 • 21 MIN
Jonathan Pierre is a travel nurse in California who is enjoying his newest contract away from the bedside! Find out why he's loving it, and what travel options might be out there for you. Jonathan is also the founder of Med Travel Hub which brings travel nurses, travel therapists, and any other type of medical traveler together to enjoy fun, organized international trips. Share experiences with others who understand your lifestyle! Find out how to join in on the next international trip with travelers. For more information on Med Travel Hub, visit the website at www.medtravelhub.com or the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/youreinthehub This podcast is sponsored by TravCon: The Travelers Conference which is an annual conference for Healthcare Travelers. Find all the episodes and more at www.travcon.org/podcast/ and www.TravCon.org
End Your Credentialling Headaches
December 15, 2020 • 11 MIN
John Modica from Kamana talks about a new way of managing all your credentials: keeping them digitally all in one place, and still easy to find & send securely to a recruiter or company when needed. Having everything in one place makes it easier to keep track of expiration dates, whether you are currently traveling or in a permanent position. John also shares how Kamana keeps your information secure when transmitting, as security is a top concern for him. You can find out more about Kamana on their website www.KamanaHealth.com. This podcast is sponsored by TravCon: The Travelers Conference which is an annual conference for Healthcare Travelers. Find all the episodes and more at www.travcon.org/podcast/ and www.TravCon.org
Myths & Facts in Travel Nursing
December 8, 2020 • 7 MIN
On Tricia & Cyndi's episode of Facts & Myths, they address the dream of 'getting rich' as a traveler: What's true, what's not true, what to expect, and what factors affect the pay rates of an assignment. There are so many factors to think about with pay rates and they vary greatly with every assignment. Crisis contracts are another type of contract that can be available up based on demand and specialty. These contracts can vary in length and rates which Tricia & Cyndi address. They also discuss some of the possible reasons for contract cancellations, who's to blame (or not to blame), who's in control of the situation and why, and what your best options are if it happens. Please email us for ideas on further episodes, questions, or comments to podcast@travcon.org This podcast is sponsored by TravCon: The Travelers Conference which is an annual conference specifically for Healthcare Travelers. For more information find us at www.TravCon.org
Travel Taxes: The Big Tip to Get Started
December 1, 2020 • 14 MIN
Joseph Smith is the head of TravelTax and is the number 1 person in the business of travel taxes. In this episode we talk about the recent big changes in 2018 and how it changed the fame for us travelers. Joseph also shares his history in becoming a tax expert and being involved with TravCon since Day 1! At the end we talk about the one thing to do in order to get ready for a ""new world"" when beginning as a travel nurse and allied professional: preparation. Leave us comments or questions below, or email us at www.travcon.org/podcast/. Please help us out by rating us on your podcast! You can also find out more about TravCon at www.TravCon.org
Patricia Pitts on Education Cruises & 2 Traveler Tips
November 24, 2020 • 16 MIN
Career travel nurse Patricia Pitts shares her wisdom and volunteerism in the healthcare community. She founded the Maternal Infant International Project which has helped decrease the maternal infant death rate in her home country of Guyana, South America through high risk OB education, CPR, ACLS & PALS training. She's also started her own travel agency during her off time: Majestic1 Vacations International LLC - providing vacation, education & certification opportunities at vacation destinations. OB Nurses Cruise & Learn Education Series is just one of those events covering topics for L&D, antepartum, post partum, ob pacu, ob emergency & newborn nurses. Legal topics are also covered. These events offer CEs. Lastly, Patricia shares two tips that are super important for the success of travelers. Links discussed in episode: Maternal & Infant International Project Corp www.maternalinfantproject.org Travel Nurse Links LLC Linking Travelers to Education, Certification & Vacation Opportunities www.travelnurselinks.com Majestic1Vacations International LLC Specializing in World Wide Group Vacations by Land Air & Sea www.majestic1vacations.com Facebook Groups: Maternal Infant Project https://www.facebook.com/maternalinfantproject/ Labor & Delivery OB Travelers https://www.facebook.com/groups/1059408420750631/ Travel Nurse Links https://www.facebook.com/groups/travelnurselinks OB Nurses Cruise & Learn This podcast is sponsored by TravCon: The Travelers Conference which is an annual conference specifically for Healthcare Travelers. For more information find us at www.TravCon.org
What companies do for travelers behind the scenes
November 17, 2020 • 18 MIN
Eric Katz has been a recruiter for many years with Healthtrust Workforce Solutions and shares the behind-the-scene look at what his company does for travelers. Credentialling is a major pain point for traveler nurses (and all types of healthcare travelers), and many don't realize how large a job it is to manage the ongoing issue of keeping up with current licenses for facility submittals. Eric talks about the specific credentials and how they can be managed differently from one agency to another. He also shares how little details can make the difference in having a traveler's submission be accepted or rejected. Eric's tip relates to traveling in HCA Healthcare managed facilities and shares the top three assets their facilities look for in a traveler. And even if you don't have those particular experiences, there are other things a traveler can do to put themselves ahead of the pack for a travel position. This podcast is sponsored by TravCon: The Travelers Conference which is an annual conference specifically for Healthcare Travelers. For more information find us at www.TravCon.org
The cost, the behind the scenes secrets, & the future of credentialing
November 10, 2020 • 33 MIN
John Modica and Dave Dworschak ,the founders of Kamana, talk with Laura about the future of credentialing! Staffing agencies, want to make sure you are keeping up with tech and trends?? This is the podcast to not miss! Travelers, want to make sure you know what is ahead and how to protect your data and get submitted faster? Curious on how much it costs an agency to onboard you before you start? This is the episode for that! You can find out more about Kamana on their website www.KamanaHealth.com. This podcast is sponsored by TravCon: The Travelers Conference which is an annual conference specifically for Healthcare Travelers. For more information find us at www.TravCon.org
Why Be A Healthcare Traveler?
November 3, 2020 • 12 MIN
Tricia & Cyndi talk about the different reasons someone would want to be a travel nurse or allied/therapy traveler. From adventure, to varied experience at work and locations, to increased financial benefits there can be a lot of great reasons to travel as a healthcare provider. They discuss the various challenges - paying double for living expenses, not finding the available jobs etc, to the various benefits of adventure, excitement, exploring the country, and paying off extra bills. They talk about the qualities necessary to be a successful and happy traveler, and the factors one needs to consider when contemplating jumping into a travel assignment. They give you an idea on things to expect on assignment, and what tools you can bring to the table. Most importantly, they talk about what NOT to say when you're on assignment!! Good resources for travelers: Travel Nursing Newbies Group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TravelNursingNewbies Highway Hypodermics - a book on travel nursing and is a great reference. Authors are Epstein Larue/Kay Slane, Joseph Smith from TravelTax & Aaron Highfill with International Traveling Newbie BootCamp at the Travelers Conference: www.TravCon.org This podcast is sponsored by TravCon: The Travelers Conference which is an annual conference specifically for Healthcare Travelers. For more information find us at www.TravCon.org
COVID-19 & Travel Healthcare: The Big Take Away
October 27, 2020 • 6 MIN
Infectious Disease Update is a TravCon session that was brought back by popular demand! Little did we know how relevant our 2019 decision would be. In this episode, Dylan talks with Aaron Highfill about his history and exposure with ""tropical diseases."" Aaron's one big take away from his upcoming session is ""Everything is going to change after COVID-19."" Leave us comments or questions below, or email us at www.travcon.org/podcast/. Please help us out by rating us on your podcast! You can also find out more about TravCon at www.TravCon.org
A Legal Resource for Travelers in Need
October 22, 2020 • 14 MIN
Phil Light is a long-time RN traveler who saw the need for a professional association for healthcare travelers back when it was sorely needed. He created the non-profit association PanTravelers which offers legal support to all healthcare travelers through the services of an attorney on retainer. Over the years he has helped travelers caught in difficult legal situations. Sometimes just a legal letter is enough to clear things up, but other times a much more lengthy process is called for. Travel Nurses and Allied Therapists don't have a lot of resources at their disposal, especially if they move around to different travel companies over the years. PanTravelers is available to members (at a low cost for a lifetime membership) to be a legal resource should they find themselves in need. You can find more information on PanTravelers at www.PanTravelers.org. This podcast is sponsored by TravCon: The Travelers Conference which is an annual conference specifically for Healthcare Travelers. For more information find us at www.TravCon.org
Recruiter Tip from Alyssa
October 13, 2020 • 11 MIN
Alyssa is a senior recruiter with TotalMed Staffing and has worked with many healthcare travelers over the years. She talks about how recruiters are frequently updating travelers' resumes and paperwork so it's as up to date as possible. Travelers don't always realize how much work their recruiters are doing for them behind the scenes so it nice to highlight this. Alyssa's tip to help her travelers is to have them prioritize their preference on positions. If there are 20 open jobs for them, they will have a better chance of getting a position if they narrow them down to a just a few, so their recruiter can follow up on those positions and help get them through to the manager. You can find Alyssa at www.TotalMed.com, and at TravCon this coming September in Las Vegas. Leave us comments or questions below, or email us at www.travcon.org/podcast/. Please help us out by rating us on your podcast! You can also find out more about TravCon at www.TravCon.org
The 4 Technologies that will Change our Industry
October 6, 2020 • 19 MIN
Laura Latimer is the head of Brand at TravCon, and has been on the TravCon committee for 4 years. She was a travel OTR for 7 years and is the founder of a tech company in travel healthcare called Nomadicare. She loves technology and is excited for the changes ahead! As the host of “Industry Trends” she will be interviewing the leaders, mover and shakers who are out there trying to move the industry forward in new and exiting ways. In episode one, she introduces the 4 biggest areas that will change, what they are, and why they matter to travelers. This will give everyone the base knowledge they need to listen to the expert interviews in the coming week !
What it Means to be a Traveler
September 29, 2020 • 10 MIN
Tricia Novak & Cyndi Weiss - both long-time NICU travelers - talk about where and when Travel Nursing first started, and how it's changed over the years to the present day. They share their experiences and what the expectations are while on assignment. Having clear expectations on what hospitals are looking for helps healthcare travelers know what to expect...and what NOT to expect while on assignment. Novak & Weiss will be sharing their insights and answering questions every month on a podcast. If you have a question you would like addressed, email us at podcast@travcon.org. You can download all our episodes on our website at www.travcon.org/podcast
A Great Tip to Avoid Contract Cancellations
September 22, 2020 • 10 MIN
There are specific steps you can take, and strategies to employ, that will help prevent an early cancellation of your contract. Melissa Knybel is an RN and the Vice President of Operations at Randstad Healthcare. She is responsible for the overall management of the Administration, QA, and Housing departments and an absolute wealth of industry knowledge. She has over 15 years of experience in the medical staffing industry and over 10 years of clinical nursing experience. Melissa will discuss a number of case studies of traveler behaviors that ended in cancellation, and provide an effective strategy on avoiding the same outcome. For more information on the Travelers Conference, go to www.TravCon.org.
What to Do When the Market is Bad
September 13, 2020 • 7 MIN
In this episode of Traveler Minute, Michelle talks to Dylan Callier about strategies to use when the market is bad. Dylan is a Doctor of Physical Therapy currently on assignment in Chico, California, and the founder of the podcast New Medical Nomads. Dylan was hiking Machu Picchu when the country was closed down at the start of Covid. He talks about the challenges he had in getting back out of the country to the USA. Dylan’s tips this week are strategies to employ when the job market is tough. At the time of recording, they were only nine physical therapy jobs open across the country. He talks about the need to consider alternative types and locations of assignments, ones that you would normally not have considered in a normal, active market. He describes how he changes his thought process in considering assignments, and how that helps his chances at landing the next contract. Dylan also talks about the importance of building up a small nest egg of cash in the event of longer time off between assignments. This gives a traveler more time and flexibility in finding their next assignment.  You can find Dylan Callier at www.newmedicalnomads.com, or out in the wild hiking through forests. You can find this episode and more on our website at www.travcon.org
Welcome to our Podcast! What we're bringing to you.
September 10, 2020 • 3 MIN
Welcome to TravCon's newest offering - our Podcast & Youtube Channel. Due to Covid, we had to cancel the Travelers Conference in Vegas this year, so we're taking the opportunity to bring you a new ways to connect with your community. Each week we'll be bringing you an episode from one of our 5 series. You can watch them on our YouTube channel: TravCon TV, or listen to them on our podcast: Travel Nursing & Allied Life which you can find anywhere you get your podcasts. Industry Trends: Hosted by Laura Latimer - founder of Nomadicare. Conversations with industry leaders on their thoughts, new ventures and predictions on where the direction of Healthcare Travel is heading. Speaker Series: Hosted by Dylan Callier - founder of New Medical Nomads. Sneak peaks into our upcoming TravCon sessions, and what they'll be talking about at the conference. Newbie News with Novak & Weiss: Hosted by Tricia Novak & Cyndi Weiss. Lifelong PICU travelers and newbie mentors who help guide new travelers & dreamers though challenges and issues in traveling. They’ll talk about how to get started, where to find resources, and important tips they’ve learned along the way. Traveler Minute: Hosted by Michelle Freitag Seasoned travelers share their most valuable tip or life hack that they learned on the road. Exhibitor Minute: Hosted by Michelle Freitag Some of the best recruiters and industry players share their insights, challenges, and what tips they have for travelers to help land their next assignment. Trivia Night: Hosted by Dylan Callier And for all you Trivia fans out there, we're also hosting a virtual trivia night once a month which is a great way for travelers to connect. A healthy and supportive community is our number one goal at TravCon, and we want you to be a part of it. We’re on a quest to bring you current and useful information that will help you excel in your careers and explore your world with confidence. Each year at the Travelers Conference, we bring travelers together to network, meet recruiters they want to work with, and just be a part of the healthcare traveler community. There are also tons of CE sessions all about healthcare traveling, and a huge exhibit hall where healthcare travelers connect with recruiters for future jobs. We highly recommend it. You can find more information on it at TravCon.org. While we can't meet in person right now, we want to connect more of you together online so when we DO meet up in September, you'll already feel like part of the family! So many of us come every year that we really do feel it’s like a family reunion. We would love to hear from you - questions, thoughts or just how you're doing. This pandemic is a challenge for many people, and healthcare travelers are no different. Whether you’re a nurse, OT, PT, RT, tech, any other healthcare professional, or dreamer, this podcast is for you. Let us know what’s on your mind, what topics you’re interested in, and if you’d like to be a guest on our show. Email us at podcast@travcon.org anytime, or find us on our website at TravCon.org. Please help us out and subscribe to our podcast or video cast, and share us with your friends.