RTG Medical provided this article.
Some traveling healthcare professionals may opt to take some time off and stay home for the holidays, but others may see this as an opportunity to grow financially and fill in the gaps that are created when permanent med staff takes time off. One exciting benefit of being a healthcare traveler is that you get to choose whether you work during the holidays or not.
You may find that your contract will overlap with Christmas or New Year’s, and you can agree to work or not. There may also be the option to work a contract but have some time off for the holidays, similar to the permanent med staff. You will have to discuss that with your recruiter and the facility during the interviewing process.
As one of your travel healthcare companies, RTG Medical wanted to give you some advice on helping you choose which is best for you!
Benefits of working a holiday travel assignment
Holiday assignments often offer added benefits, such as more assignment options, increased holiday pay, and the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life. Regular facility staff takes more time off during the extended holiday season, resulting in an opening. Because of a higher incidence of injuries during the holidays, hospitals are also busier during this time.
Overtime and travel bonuses are often included in holiday pay. You must do extensive research and discuss it with your recruiter to determine how much more you could make and whether or not it is right for you. Working over the holidays and celebrating later is always possible. For those who live far from their families, the holidays are the ideal time to look for assignments closer to them. Consider traveling somewhere warmer during these months if you live in a cold climate.
How to enjoy the holidays while working
Work during the holidays can be done in various ways to make you feel at home. Make your travel family your priority. Depending on your assignment, this might be coworkers, new friends, or fellow travelers. No matter whom you choose, you can celebrate holiday traditions with these new people. There is also the option of celebrating before or after the holidays.
You can also keep your spirits high by getting festive. Decorating the facility boosts your and your patients’ moods. Despite the changes to the holiday season, adopting a grateful mindset can help you continue to enjoy them.
Your travel healthcare companies care
Working as a healthcare professional can be challenging, especially during the holidays. It can be increasingly complex when there are talent shortages staffing medical professionals at your travel healthcare companies. There is still an excellent adventure to be had, being on a holiday travel assignment.
Our job board is a great place to search for your next travel nurse assignment. We have you covered with our housing page if housing is an issue. You can search for what you are looking for.