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FAQ for Nurses & CNAs TRAVEL 

How do I become a travel nurse with Converdia?

The first step to becoming a travel nurse is setting up your LEAP account through our Converdia Health Website. Once your profile is complete, a recruiter will reach out to help you begin. Your recruiter will guide you throughout the process, learn more about your goals and find you a placement. Throughout your travel contracts, your recruiter is there to be a helping hand. Start by looking at our job board.  Filter by your preferred specialty and location. Once you have created your LEAP account, your recruiter will work with you to help you find the right job for you!

What are the specific requirements?

Here are a few things every traveler will need to work with Converdia Health Staffing.

  1. At least one year of nursing experience in your specialty.
  2. Active state nursing license — Our team can assist in this process.  You can also refer to our resources page to get the process started.
  3. Preferred American Heart Association certifications – ACLS, BLS, etc. (varies by specialty).
  4. Must be willing to work a full-time travel assignment — at least 36 hours a week.

Keep in mind that some travel nurse assignments may have facility specific requirements.

How far in advance should I apply for a travel nursing assignment?

There’s no hard-and-fast rule regarding the best time to apply. If you know you are ready to travel, or will be soon, we recommend you create your LEAP account by filling out an application online.  If you decide to apply in advance of when you’re ready to start traveling, we’ll keep your information on file and stay in touch.

How long are travel nurse assignments?

Assignment/contract lengths vary, but they’re typically around 13 weeks. If you’re interested in an assignment that is longer or shorter than the 13 weeks, discuss your options with your recruiter. We have contract assignments that are 4, 6, and 8 weeks long,  Travel nursing can be flexible.  It’s also possible to take a break between assignments.  Having options is a great way to work when you want and where you want.

What specialties have the most travel nurse jobs available?

While ER, OR, ICU, med surg, telemetry and labor and delivery tend to have the most jobs available consistently, demand does fluctuate.  Search our job board to see what travel jobs are currently open

Can I travel with family, a significant other or friend?

We get this question a lot.  It’s definitely possible! Even if your travel partner or significant other isn’t a nurse, it’s very possible to figure out a way to travel together!  Important to communicate your wants and needs with your recruiter so we can aid you in your preparations.

Can I travel with a pet?

Yes you can!  The main challenge when traveling with a pet, is often finding housing. There are pet restrictions in some buildings, but there are options out there to be found.  A housing stipend will allow for a housing search on your own that is pet friendly.  We’ll always do our best to accommodate your pets. Be sure to communicate your wants and needs with your recruiter ahead of time so that they can help you prepare!

How do I find travel nurse housing?

There are plenty of options when it comes to travel housing. To learn more about the types of housing available to you, see our Resources page on our website.

What does travel nursing pay?

Travel nurse pay varies for many reasons. These reasons include specialty, location, benefits, whether a traveler takes company-provided housing and more. There’s no “set pay” for any specialty. Wondering what jobs for your specialty are paying right now? Apply today and create a LEAP account to view all our open jobs, estimated pay packages and detailed facility information. If you aren’t quite ready to travel yet – still follow through on the application and we can notify you when your ideal contract is open.

Do travel nurses get benefits?

Converdia Health Staffing offers many benefits to travel nurses. A full benefit package, like medical, dental and vision insurance plans and 401K plans are available to travelers. After 30 days of the contract, travelers are eligible for all benefits.

What if something goes wrong? How will Converdia support me while travel nursing?

At Converdia Health Staffing, you have a team to help you throughout your travel nursing career. In addition to your recruiter, you’ll have a human resource specialist and a payroll representative to provide their expertise.

How much orientation will I receive

Orientation with your healthcare facility will be conducted by a representative at the facility.  The length will vary from one facility to another. The expectation with the orientation is that it will enable you to understand procedures and policies in order to provide the best care possible for the patients/residents.  Your team at Converdia will find the best match for your interests and skill set.

FAQ for Nurses & CNAs Per Diem/PRN

What are the experience requirements?

All per diem positions require at least 1 year of experience since no training is offered. Some facilities may require 2 years of experience.  For a CNA, it is preferred to have at least 6 months of experience.  This may vary depending on facility and setting.

What are the location requirements?

To work per diem, it is preferred that a clinician resides within a 1.5-hour commute. The hospitals and long-term care facilities we work with can confirm shifts 1.5-2 hours before the start time and we want to make sure you have enough time to get there for your shift.  Anyone within 50 miles commute is considered local and will therefore not be eligible for stipends.

How long is the process to get started?

It depends on the facility and whether they have a set orientation schedule. It usually takes 2-3 weeks from the time your application is submitted to when you can pick up your first shift.  You will need to be fully compliant based on our Joint Commission standards and best practices.  The sooner you complete onboarding, the sooner you can pick up shifts.  Our Human Resources team will help you along the way.

Can I work per diem around my travel assignment?

The answer is yes!  If your contract brings you to the area for at least 8 consecutive weeks and can provide 4 days of availability per month.

Is there a minimum shift requirement?

We prefer that you provide a minimum of 4 days of availability per month. If something comes up and your availability changes, we ask that you let your recruiter know as soon as possible.  If you go 90 days without a shift, you’ll be automatically inactivated.

Can I work at multiple facilities?

Yes.  The preference of 4 monthly shifts is not tied to one facility.  Needs approval following a discussion with your recruiter.

How does scheduling work?

Work shifts based on your schedule.  Once you have established your LEAP profile and completed onboarding, you will have access to open shift reports.  If you don’t see a shift available on the day you want to work, you can also provide your availability to work that day, so you’ll be matched as soon as a shift becomes available.  Providing your availability and communication with your recruiter will be key.

How do I get paid?

You’ll be paid weekly via direct deposit. Every Thursday is payday! Per diem shifts are paid at just the hourly rate. There are no reimbursements or stipends for travel available.  Local contracts, is all hourly pay. Local contracts aren’t eligible for additional stipends for meals, travel or housing. Your recruiter will provide more information.

Are benefits offered?

Yes, if you’re on a full-time assignment, we offer medical, dental, vision and life insurance and 401K.

What do I do if my childcare falls through and I’m scheduled to work?

There are options for drop-in childcare in most areas (see Resources page for options in the Fargo-Moorhead area).  Plan ahead and research the drop-in center.  It would be worth a visit to the facility so that you feel comfortable with the care your child(ren) would receive.  We recommend that you have a back-up plan in place.  It could be a secondary babysitter or daycare provider, a family member or the drop-in childcare provider.  In extenuating circumstances, if childcare falls through, you will need to follow the “Call In” policy.

 

How do I get a new timecard?

The timecard is a document a printable document on the website under the Resources tab.  You can also stop into the office to pick up the paper copies

When do I need to turn in my timecard?

Timecards are due by noon on Mondays. In order for the timecard to be processed it MUST be signed by the facility supervising healthcare professional.  The timecard should also include your NAME, the name of the FACILITY, DATES and TIMES worked.

What is the “call-in” policy and procedure?

All staff should call 701-478-3460 and speak with the on call recruiter to discuss any emergencies (call-ins, late etc). The recruiter will give direction from there. Staff are expected to call Converdia 4 hours prior to their scheduled shifts.

FAQ for Allied TRAVEL

Why do hospitals open traveling allied jobs?

Quite honestly, a travel opening at a facility is there because they have gaps in coverage.  Gaps are due to a variety of reasons.   As a travel allied professional, you may be there to provide support during times of high census or take over for someone on leave. Some facilities hire travelers on a regular, planned basis to cover their busy seasons.  You’re there to help a community in need.

What traveling allied jobs do you staff?

We have different job openings at different times.  There are many opportunities across the country but also in the local region as well.   Our job search allows you to enter your profession and specialty and find jobs that fit your interests and skill set.  Our aim is to find you a great match!

How do I become a travel healthcare professional?

Step one is setting up your LEAP account at Converdia Health Staffing. Apply now to begin creating your profile. The more you can fill out, the better we’ll be able to match you to jobs you’ll love. You’ll be assigned a recruiter who’ll work with you, learn more about your goals and come up with a game plan to land your first assignment. From there, your recruiter will help guide your travel career in whatever direction you choose.

How long does it take to hear from Converdia after I apply?

We will contact you within 2 business days.  You can expect a representative to call for a phone screen and then set up an interview (in person or phone).  One of our recruiters will talk with you about your work experience, skill set and career goals as well as opportunities that are available.

Do I need to be licensed?

Licensing depends on your healthcare profession. Here are a few examples:

  • RRTs – need to be nationally registered and hold a state license.
  • Lab – must be nationally certified. CA, NY, FL, HI, LA, MT, NV, ND, TN, WV require state licensing.
  • CST – National certification is preferred but not required. Certain states require an additional state license. The following states only recognize the NBSTSA: ID, IN, MA, NV, NJ, NY, SC, OR, TN. TX only recognizes state licensing for surgical first assistants.

Your recruiter can help with questions about your specific licensing situation.

Does Converdia Health Staffing pay for licenses?

We’ll reimburse for any license you need for your first assignment on your initial paycheck. We reimburse additional state licenses for surgical services, respiratory and lab professionals. In many states, we can help expedite your licensure. Your recruiter and credentialing specialist can help you navigate licensing regulations for your profession.

How much experience do I need?

Healthcare facilities set different requirements for allied medical staffing, but generally at least 2 years of professional experience is the standard requirement.  You also need to have worked within the last 12 months in your medical profession/specialty.

What is the average timeline to hear back after being submitted for a travel assignment?

This is dependent on the facilities needs and your flexibility and availability.  We have options for travel assignments as well as PRN shifts and call coverage.   If you’re open regarding shift and location, the turn-around time could be very quick.

When should I give my notice to my current hospital?

You need at least two references from supervisors to submit for a travel job. We suggest you wait to give your official notice until you’re offered a contract to sign as its highly unlikely your start date will be sooner than 2 weeks from the time of offer.

How far in advance should I apply?

There’s no hard-and-fast rule regarding the best time to apply. If you know you are ready to travel, or will be soon, we recommend you create your LEAP account by filling out an application online.  If you decide to apply in advance of when you’re ready to start traveling, we’ll keep your information on file and stay in touch.

How long are assignments?

The standard is 13 weeks, but you can find shorter and longer assignments. We have options for PRN and call coverage as well.  After you create your LEAP profile, you can log in and search job boards for your ideal options.  People who “travel” love this kind of flexibility! You can also take breaks between assignments. The best part is its all up to your preference.

FAQ for Locum Tenens

Do you help with credentialing and licensing?

We have an in-house credentialing and licensing team that will assist you through the process and we will cover all fees.

What locum tenens assignments are available in my specialty?

We have opportunities in a variety of facility types, including outpatient clinics, urgent cares, freestanding ERs, specialty clinics and more. Log in to view all jobs available in your specialty.

Where are your locum tenen jobs located?

We have opportunities available across the U.S. in both rural and metropolitan areas.

Do you provide malpractice insurance?

Yes, we provide comprehensive malpractice coverage

How long are locum assignments?

Locum tenens providers have flexibility to choose the length of the assignment. Assignments vary. An assignment might be weekend ER coverage, a week of vacation coverage, shift work month to month, or can be ongoing. Length depends on what the facilities needs are.

What does a locum tenens schedule look like?

This is up to as the provider.  There is flexibility to create your own schedule. Options vary based on specialty, but there is a wide range of to choose from including full-time schedules, shift work, and call coverage.  Your recruiter can provide more details.

Can I work locum tenens in addition to my full-time job?

Yes, many providers work locums as a way to supplement their income; it comes down to your availability and what our clients’ needs are.

Do I have to provide my own travel accommodations?

We can help provide housing, travel, and transportation needs for your assignment. Talk to your recruiter about available reimbursements and for assistance with the travel portion of the assignment.

When and how will I be paid?

We pay weekly via direct deposit.