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- Nov 16, 2017: Travelers Speak to Agency Owners
The annual Healthcare Staffing Summit is a large conference for staffing agency owners, executives, and other industry leaders. It is hosted by Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA). The 2017 Summit was held in Dallas and included an expert panel comprised of current healthcare travelers. The purpose of this panel presentation was to educate agency executives regarding travelers' views of best-practices for agencies. Panelists included PanTravelers President and TravCon board member Phil Light, RN and Laura Latimer, OT, a TravCon planning committee member, OT Traveler and owner of Nomadicare - a well-regarded recruiter matchmaking service. Panelists told the agency owners that travelers prefer increased financial transparency by revealing bill rates and/or gross profit margins, that contracts should be clearly written, always include fair overtime or extra-shift compensation rates, that cancellation damages must be fair, tied to causation, measurable and should be mitigated whenever possible. When asked for features of a good agency, the panel listed solid ethics, honesty, and transparency as key requirements for agencies hoping to retain travelers.
Left to right: Panel Moderator Subadrha Sriram - Publisher/Editor SIA, Monique Doughty, RN, BSN - Owner of theresilientnurse.com, Laura Latimer, OT - Owner of Nomadicare.com and TravCon organizer, Phil Light, RN - PanTravelers president and TravCon organizer, Connie Ness, RN, BSN - nurse traveler for Aya Healthcare.
- Sept 10, 2017: Conference-bound! We are headed to TravCon, our annual conference, this week! In conjunction with Travelers Education Group, we will be providing continuing education for existing travelers and basic training for new travelers. All can benefit from the CEUs when it's time to renew that professional license. This year we are also providing some basic training for recruiters on Sunday, Sept 17. Over 1200 travelers have registered for TravCon this year!
- May 31, 2017: Conference Update - The 10th-Anniversary Travelers Conference (TravCon) is shaping up to be the biggest and best yet! We are WAY AHEAD of last year's registration numbers on June 1st. The conference will likely sell out despite a much bigger venue. Don't forget to schedule the time off in your contract! We'll be there and hope you can make it too!
- April 4, 2017: Here's a great little article by Julia - a traveling Speech-Language Pathologist and one of our TravCon attendees. Thanks Julia for the nice work!
Key points in this article:
The first step in negotiating is recognizing that you have the right to negotiate. You don't have to simply accept the agency's first offer. Negotiation can be a scary concept, but in fact we negotiate nearly every day; both with ourselves to make decisions and with others to reach agreements. An example might be choosing a movie to watch with a friend. Compromise and pragmatism are part of any successful negotiation and comprise the essence of negotiating a contract. You already have the basic negotiation skills you need, you will just need to apply them to this specific task.