The Future of Finding and Managing Travel Healthcare Jobs

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Over the years, technology has found its way into many industries to help make things easier and put the power in the hands of the consumer. Many of us now choose to use our laptops and smartphones for everyday transactions rather than go to physical stores and offices or call someone on the phone. Whether you want to book a vacation, buy new clothes, or order your dinner, there’s an app for almost all your needs.

Unfortunately, some industries are slower than others to catch up to the changes of modern technology. As traveling healthcare providers, there are still many things that are outdated with how we go about finding jobs, getting licensed in new states, and managing all of the various aspects of our unique careers. But luckily there are some companies that are starting to move the industry forward by innovating and utilizing technology to make things easier for travelers and put more of the control in their hands.

One of our favorite new technologies is the AMN Passport App. AMN is one of the largest healthcare staffing companies in the United States, and since they serve so many healthcare travelers across various disciplines, they are at the forefront of understanding what travelers want and need. They created the new AMN Passport App to streamline the processes involved with travel healthcare staffing and put more control in the hands of the traveler, from the job search, to communicating with recruiters, to booking a new contract, to managing credentialing and other requirements while on assignment.

Travel Healthcare The Traditional Way

Since we’ve been traveling physical therapists since 2015 and have worked with several different staffing agencies, we’re well situated to compare and contrast the different ways that companies do things, including some of the more outdated ways and some of the newer ways.

As far as the job search goes, usually travelers have to rely on recruiters to let them know when certain jobs they may be searching for come open. This isn’t too bad if you’re looking for something very specific, and if your recruiter is attentive and quick to respond. However, sometimes you’d rather just look at a list of jobs yourself, and decide if any of them would be good choices for you, instead of waiting for the recruiter to tell you about one or a few. Also, having to deal with a “middle man” can really slow the process down, instead of being able to see job updates in real time. Some companies do list jobs on their websites so travelers can search through the jobs themselves, but it depends how often the list is updated as to whether these lists are accurate. Similarly, once you’ve identified a job that may be a good fit for you, trying to get submitted for the job can also have a delay depending on timing and the efficiency of the recruiter.

Once you’ve accepted a travel contract, there can be quite a bit of onboarding paperwork involved. Each company has different ways of handling this. We’ve worked with some that have a fairly efficient system online for filling out and compiling documents electronically, while some will send you dozens of email attachments which you have to either print/sign/scan/fax or find some external app to try to do them online. It baffles us how outdated some of these processes are with some staffing companies.

When you’re on a travel healthcare contract, there are some additional documents you need to be able to access, such as your timesheets, paystubs, and sometimes forms for getting reimbursements. Again, some companies are technology forward and may have the ability to access these online, whether via their own website or an account with an external company like ADP. But others still do this pretty old school with paper documents.

Benefits of the AMN Passport App

We’ve worked with the MedTravelers branch of AMN on and off since we first started traveling in 2015, and we’ve been impressed with their technology integration from the start. Originally when we started, they had a great online portal for travelers called The Service Connection. On this website, they had solutions for many of the onboarding, credentialing, timekeeping, and other documents necessary for travelers throughout the whole job process

However, they’ve really stepped it up a notch with the new AMN Passport App. They’ve still got all the great services they provided before, but now it’s all accessible from either your computer or your phone via the app, and they’ve got additional features on the app that weren’t available before.

Here are some of the features of the AMN Passport App:

  • Job Search: Access AMN’s large database of jobs at your fingertips, which is kept up to date on a daily basis. You can set your preferences for your job search by discipline, location, setting, pay, start date, shift, and hours. This is absolutely the best way to search for jobs that we’ve found, and we much prefer it over the old school method.
  • Job Submission: You can tap “I’m Interested” to send a job directly to your recruiter to let them know you’re interested in getting submitted for the job, streamlining the communication and submission process.
  • Onboarding: The app shows you exactly where you are in the onboarding process and any requirements you still need to complete while preparing to start your new travel contract. Their online portal allows many of the requirements to be completed easily online without any printing, faxing, etc.
  • Credentialing: The app keeps track of all your credentialing requirements, such as skills checklists, and sends you reminders when you need to update something throughout your assignment or on future assignments.
  • Timekeeping and Pay: See your weekly timesheet and pay right in the app, so you can make sure everything is accurate and be sure you get paid on time and the correct amount each week.
  • Profile: The app allows you to see exactly what’s in your profile, which is like your digital resume that goes out to the companies when you’re being submitted to jobs. This is amazing because normally this is a behind-the-scenes, hidden thing. You can make sure everything is exactly right, including your contact info, degree, licenses, certifications, list of work history, dates of time off between contracts, and references.
  • Benefits: Easily access all the documents related to your available benefits such as health insurance and 401k.

To get a step by step tutorial on how to use the AMN Passport App, check out this video.

The Future of Travel Healthcare Staffing

We are so excited to see positive changes coming to the travel healthcare staffing industry with the adoption of new technologies. Having the AMN Passport App is a gamechanger for healthcare travelers to better be able to find, book, and manage their travel assignments.

We already loved working with AMN MedTravelers, but this definitely steps it up a notch and makes working with them that much better.

If you’re ready to make life easier when searching for travel jobs and managing your travel career, and you’re interested in getting connected with one of our favorite recruiters at MedTravelers, contact us and we’ll put you in touch!

And don’t forget to download the AMN Passport app to get control of your travel healthcare career right at your fingertips!

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This post was sponsored by AMN Healthcare. All information is original and reflects authentic viewpoints from Travel Therapy Mentor.

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Travel Therapy: How to Streamline the Credentialing Process

Travel Therapy How to Streamline the Credentialing Process, image of laptop/desk with this title

To say that things have changed a lot since we began our travel therapy journey in 2015 would be an understatement. Starting out as new grad travelers back then, there was limited information available on the internet to help us figure everything out. There weren’t the “social media influencers” of today. We had to learn a lot of things “the hard way,” such as choosing travel therapy companies and recruiters to trust, figuring out how to handle our job searches, applying for all of our state licenses, and managing all of our credentialing documents.

Fortunately for new travelers starting in the 2020’s, things have come a long way. Not only are there many experienced travel therapists such as ourselves out there to teach you what we’ve learned along the way, there are new and innovative technologies available to travelers to help make our lives easier!

One of the new technologies that we love is Kamana, which offers a secure digital wallet for travelers to keep up with all of their important credentialing documents, as well as allows travelers to safely send their entire profile to any recruiter at any company. Kamana’s goal is for us travelers to have one universal profile that will be accepted by all travel companies, instead of having to fill out separate ones when we work with different agencies! Best of all, their services are totally free for travelers. As financially savvy travel therapists ourselves, we love tools that don’t cost us anything and make life easier!

Understanding the Credentialing Process

If you’re new to the travel therapy world, you may not yet be aware of all the different credentialing documents you have to keep track of as a travel healthcare provider. If you’ve been in travel therapy for a while, you may already have developed the frustration of trying to keep track of everything.

As a traveler, here are some of the things you’ll need to maintain:

  • Resume
  • References
  • State licenses
  • CPR certification
  • Specialty certifications
  • Copy of driver’s license
  • Copy of Passport
  • Annual physical exam
  • PPD tests
  • Vaccine records
  • Drug screens

All of these need to be kept up to date, and you need to have them easily accessible in case you need to send them to your recruiter when searching for a new contract, or often to a different recruiter if you decide to search for jobs at another company on your next contract. The recruiters need these documents in order to keep your profile up to date and submit you to jobs. Often, hospitals and other facilities won’t accept your application if these documents aren’t up to date.

When we first got started as travelers, one of our recruiters recommended keeping a physical binder/folder with all of our documents that we could carry around with us from assignment to assignment. We actually still have this old school, 2015, over-stuffed and mangled file folder, and truly have carried it everywhere. But in reality, where you need those documents is not in physical form, it’s in digital form. So at some point or another, we’ve taken photos or scanned these documents, saved them to our computers, uploaded them to email, and sent them to everyone and their coworker.

Looking back now, this seems so archaic. Not only is it an absolute mess to keep track of everything in these various physical and digital folders, but it’s also not secure at all. We should not be emailing or texting these important, sensitive documents back and forth, knowing that these forms of communication are not very secure.

Luckily, we now know that there is a better way.

Streamlining the Credentialing Process with Kamana

Here is how you can utilize Kamana to make this process easier and more secure:

  • Create your free Kamana profile here
  • Fill out your profile with your demographics & information
  • Upload your credentialing documents to the secure digital wallet
  • Keep all your files here for easy access (you’ll know where to find them instead of hunting them down next time!)
  • Watch your email for updates on expiring credentials so you won’t forget to renew something important!
  • Choose to send your full profile to your favorite recruiter(s) with one click, so they can receive it via a secure link, not regular email
  • Choose to send your limited profile with only some of the information to recruiter(s) who are new to you and you’re not sure if you want them to have access to everything yet (also sent via a secure link)
  • Let your recruiters know you’d rather send information this way if at all possible to keep it secure, and let them know they don’t have to register or pay to use Kamana in order to receive the file

Moving the Travel Therapy Industry Forward

As experienced travel therapists, we are so excited to see companies innovating and pushing our industry forward. We are so glad that the founders of Kamana, one of whom was a travel nurse himself, are finding ways to use technology in order to make all the processes easier for travel healthcare providers. That way, we can focus on doing what we do best: providing great care to our patients and exploring the country along the way, without having to get bogged down by all the logistics! We can’t wait to see what else is to come in the future with healthcare staffing technology!

Fellow travelers: have you started using Kamana yet to manage your credentials? Let us know in the comments! If you have any additional questions about Kamana, feel free to message us, or visit their website at kamanahealth.com to learn more!

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This post was sponsored by Kamana Health. All information is original and reflects authentic viewpoints from Travel Therapy Mentor.