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As 2022 comes to a close, the NATHO board of directors will be transitioning several members off and welcoming new directors in 2023. There will be three open positions. To join the board of directors, your organization must be a Full Member.
If you are interested in joining,
1. Please take time to review the board of directors' job descriptions.
2. Fill out the NATHO Board of Directors Application
3. Send the completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org by MONDAY, November 14th.
The current board will then vote on the ballot at the November Board of Directors meeting. Following this meeting, the ballot will be presented to all NATHO members to vote for the new directors. New directors will become a part of the board in January 2023.
The phone interview with the facility isn’t just a time for the facility to get to know you; it is also a time for you to get information on the facility. This is important to know if the assignment and facility are right for you. Below you will find nine things that are important to ask the facility during the phone interview.
Nurse to patient ratio is always important to ask. You do not want to go into an assignment where the nurse-to-patient ratio is too high. As you know, the nurse-to-patient ratio generally depends on your specialty and the facility/unit itself.
As you know, as a travel nurse, every hospital, even the different units in the facilities, often has its own color scrubs. Knowing this during your interview will help you plan for the assignment should you get it/take it. The Gypsy Nurses’ website offers a great resource for finding and entering a facility’s scrub colors. Search for the facility and enter the scrub requirements in the box.
If you aren’t interested in floating often, it is important to know the floating policy at the facility you are interviewing. This way, there are no surprises once you are working on the assignment.
Not all facilities use the same charting systems, as you know. And as you know, the charting systems can and do vary significantly. You may not be familiar with the charting system, meaning one more thing to learn in an already short orientation period.
Speaking of orientation, it is important to ask how much orientation the facility provides to travel nurses. Knowing how much orientation you will get before you take the assignment will mean no surprises when you start your assignment.
If you plan to go home on your days off or prefer to work your days in a row, this is important to ask during the interview. You can ask that it be written in the contract regardless. However, knowing if this is something they do or don’t do will help when deciding to take the assignment or not if it is of high importance to you.
Not all hospitals have on-site parking or charge for parking. Knowing this ahead of taking the assignment will help you make your decision and help to decide what exactly needs to be in your contract. If they charge for parking, you may ask for parking to be included in your Meals and Incidentals stipend on your contract.
As a travel nurse, the last thing you want is to get to the assignment and get scheduled to work every weekend or holiday if they fall during your assignment. This is another case where you can try to include it in there if you know before signing the contract.
You may want to extend if you enjoy the contract and the area. During the initial interview, this is a great time to find out if there is an opportunity to extend your contract should you want to at the end of your first contract.
We hope this list of questions to ask the facility during the phone interview has been helpful. Whether you are new to travel nursing or a veteran, we hope there was not something for everyone. While this list is not all-inclusive and there are sure to be more questions you may feel are important to ask. If you think we missed important ones, please feel free to comment on them below.
NATHO is made up of successful organizations with talented, dedicated individuals behind each of them. This month, we are pulling back the curtain to shine a light on Health Carousel and the people that make it the organization it is today.
In 2004, Health Carousel founders set out to address the lack of qualified healthcare professionals in the United States. Health Carousel was founded in Cincinnati, Ohio with a mission to ensure that every American has access to high quality healthcare when and where they need it. And by doing so, to improve lives and make healthcare better.
Health Carousel is more than a healthcare staffing company. Health Carousel is a total talent management company, offering healthcare organizations world-class workforce solutions designed to improve lives and make healthcare work better. Employees benefit from rewarding career opportunities with room for both personal and professional growth.
Health Carousel is one team, committed to their values and clear on their goals, expectations and measures to be successful. With a growth mindset focused on achieving more, they provide the right tools, coaching and training, to invest in professional development. They are empowered to live more, with the right access to resources and programs to support overall well-being. Health Carousel is passionate about giving back to communities and inspired to love what you do.
The clinical team keeps a statistic on the number of patients lives Health Carousel had a chance to influence through the work we do with their travel professionals. It is one of the most important statistics they keep. In 2021 they had the opportunity to touch the lives of over one million patients!
Some of the individuals behind the growing success of Health Carousel include:
We sat down with these hard-working individuals and asked them about some of the keys to their success.
Inspiration for these individuals comes from the communities that benefit from their hard work. Earl Dalton, Chief Nursing Officer, (pictured left) finds inspiration "from doing good in the world. It's such a cycle for me. It ignites my soul to see nurses thrive in a clinical program I helped shape". Dalton describes success as, “a measurement of happiness and peace.”
Empowering travel staff, fulfilling community needs, and supporting first time travelers were common themes in what they all enjoy about working in the industry. Currently, the traveling nursing industry is facing the challenging issue of chronic staff shortages and the maldistribution of healthcare providers. To remedy this, Health Carousel improves access to healthcare for clients and patients in rural communities and underserved areas. Additionally, Health Carousel works to ensure that healthcare professionals are well-qualified and provide excellent patient care through coaching and training opportunities.
As the industry evolves and the pandemic continues, it’s clear that the staff is dedicated to professional growth and helping its clients. Meet our other members on our members page, and if you are already a member and want to see your company highlighted next, reach out to email@example.com.
As 2021 comes to a close, the NATHO board of directors will be transitioning several members off and welcoming new directors in 2022. There will be six open positions. To join the board of directors, your organization must be a Full Member.
3. Send the completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, November 12th.
The current board will then vote on the ballot at the November Board of Directors meeting. Following this meeting, the ballot will be presented to all NATHO members to vote for the new directors. New directors will become a part of the board in January 2022.
NATHO is made up of successful organizations with talented, dedicated individuals behind each of them. This month, we are pulling back the curtain to shine a light on The Fortus Group and the people that make it the organization it is today.
The Fortus Group began in 1993 as the first specialty firm recruiting nephrology professionals for dialysis centers. They now staff all healthcare specialities in their travel division. They launched a traveling nursing division in 2006. Fortus has been named to the Inc.5000 list of America’s fastest-growing private companies six times. The Fortus Group has also recently been acquired by Job.com.
Some of the individuals behind the growing success of The Fortus Group include JeremyEnck, President and CRO, Nikeeda Marshall-Wilson, Recruiting Specialist, Rebecca Fernandes, National Account Executive, and John Short, Director of Client Development. We sat down with these hard-working individuals and asked them about some of the keys to their success.
Inspiration for these individuals comes from family- their children, partners, and parents. Jeremy Enck, President and CRO, (pictured left) finds inspiration in the growth of professionals and assisting in their success. Enck describes success as, “being the type of person that leads by example and treats everyone like the CEO.”
Enriching the lives of patients, meeting different people of different backgrounds, and the ever-evolving environment of the travel nurse medical staffing industry were common themes in what they all enjoy about working in the industry. Currently, the traveling nursing industry is facing the challenging issue of staffing and a decreasing pool of talent. Misinformation is also an issue, as clients and candidates can easily be misinformed by recruiters and companies with poor agendas. The Fortus Group prides itself for following through on what they say they are going to do. Everything that Fortus does results in a better circumstance for all involved, when done correctly.
When asked about the best career advice they’ve been given, the answers varied but had an overarching theme of good work morale and working hard. Taking everything one day at a time, staying humble and remembering where you come from, and dressing for the position that you want was some of the advice given to these professionals.
Nikeeda Marshall- Wilson, Recruiting Specialist and Rebecca Fernandes, National Account Executive
The National Association of Travel Healthcare Organizations (NATHO) is a non-profit association of travel healthcare organizations, founded in 2008 to promote ethical business practices, offer educational opportunities, create a space for advocation, and set the gold standard for conduct in the travel healthcare industry.
The NATHO members that help to set that gold standard are made up of bright and talented individuals that we are excited to highlight in the NATHO spotlight. This month’s spotlight focuses on Aya Healthcare. Aya Healthcare is the largest travel nurse provider in North America and is the only company to develop tech-enabled healthcare labor marketplaces at scale connecting thousands of clinicians and healthcare organizations on one digital platform.
Some of the individuals behind the massive success of Aya include Amber Zeeb, VP of Employee Experience, Chrystal Fugett, VP of Recruitment, and April Hansen, Group President of Workforce Solutions. We sat down with these hard-working women and asked them about some of the keys to their success.
When asked how they defined success, the overarching response was innovation and happy employees. These last 16+ months have transformed not just Aya, but the world. The Aya team had to pivot countless times to keep up with the changing demands of healthcare and the staffing industry while still ensuring superior service to clinicians and clients. While innovation keeps the company running, happy employees are the source of that innovation. Aya believes if you have a base of happy employees, success is likely to follow. Happiness leads to engagement, motivation, and loyalty.
Throughout a tumultuous year in the industry and the constant change that has become normal, the Aya team cited their colleagues as their biggest inspirations. “I’m inspired daily by my colleagues. Each one brings something different to the table and looks at any given situation through a unique lens. This diversity of ideas from across the organization means that Aya continues to come up with new and innovative ways to transform our business and, in turn, continue to improve the level of service we provide to our clinicians and clients”, shares one team member.
The pandemic has proved to be a defining moment for both Aya and its staff. When asked about their proudest moment working at Aya, one member stated, “Probably New York in round 1 of the Pandemic. Everything I thought I was proud of, faded away after those few months and this is all I remember now when asked this question. Feeling the sheer anxiety and devastation that was coming from our contacts in NYC was almost crippling. I remember I had this “ah ha” moment after getting off a call with this major hospital in New York that we have loved and cherished for years and thinking… “If Aya doesn’t step up and do this, who is going to?” After the initial shock of the insane number of orders, now we had to dig deep and figure out how to get thousands of clinicians to NYC during a time that PPE was limited, there were still so many unknowns about the novel virus, and dozens of other factors were against us. We buckled down, fortified our minds knowing the task at hand and found ways to innovate and execute quickly. Since that point, my proudest moment has been every day. Our teams have NOT STOPPED. After months and months of telling them, “We’re almost through this,” we are still in the midst of the highest staffing volume we’ve ever seen. My proudest moments at Aya will always be what this organization and individuals have done during the COVID-19 Pandemic. It’s been truly remarkable to witness firsthand.”
As the industry and Aya continue to take what comes their way, one thing is clear, a team of dedicated staff members can come together and make what seems impossible, possible.
Meet our other members over on our members page and if you are already a member and want to see your company highlighted next, reach out to email@example.com.
We are better together
Travel nurses and other travel healthcare professionals are an integral part of the care delivery model in the USA. Moreover, travel nursing has been highlighted as critically important in addressing staffing shortages during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Due to the essential nature of their work, as well as their willingness to travel to the most severe hotspots during this pandemic, we need to ensure travel healthcare professionals are part of the COVID vaccine strategy for hospitals around the nation.
It is incumbent upon the healthcare staffing agencies to advocate for their traveling healthcare professionals and partner with their healthcare facility clients. We understand the critical role travel nurses play in care execution for the communities we serve. Sometimes it can be as easy as a gentle reminder to include temporary staff in their vaccine distribution and educate the client about the limited access to vaccines outside of their hospital environment.
Additionally, we know vaccine acceptance and participation increases the more convenient it is to obtain the vaccine. While generally well understood, the higher the percentage of your total healthcare workforce that is vaccinated against COVID-19, the greater it affords a substantial reduction in lost time due to exposures or COVID illness as well as a safer environment for patients. Overall, vaccinating Travelers is a win-win for hospitals and other healthcare clients.
Timing is Critical
Both the staffing agency and the healthcare provider are responsible for proper scheduling as it relates to vaccination. Neither should expect a client to provide the vaccine if there is inadequate time to allow for the full vaccination series to be administered. Plan ahead with travelers, including having discussions around their ability and willingness to extend contract terms in order to ensure the needed time to allow full vaccine access.
Educate about Vaccine Safety and Efficacy
Some traveling healthcare professionals continue to be hesitant about receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine. Healthcare staffing agencies, utilizing the tools available from the CDC and other legitimate sources, should provide education to our traveling workforce in an effort to alleviate any concerns or fears and to assist the healthcare worker to make an informed decision about receiving the vaccine.
While organizations such as the CDC, OSHA, and ASA have all issued statements supporting a position that obligates hospitals and other healthcare organizations to include contingent labor in the distribution and administration of the COVID-19 vaccine in their facility, NATHO believes that productive partnering conversations with healthcare clients will resolve most vaccine access issues without having to cite the regulatory agency statements
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