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Travelers Conference 2016: Newbie Boot Camp

Candy Treft, RN

Candy Treft is a registered nurse who works primarily in med-surg nursing. She is also the founder of The Gypsy Nurse, an online blog and community dedicated to nurses and other medical professionals interested in traveling for a living. Candy grew up in a very small town and when she graduated from nursing school, wanted to see what else was out there. She had heard about travel nursing and one day decided to give it a try. She left for her first contract in Boston MA with full intentions of returning home after the initial contract ended up extending and staying in Boston for 8 months. She has continued to work as a travel nurse for almost 13 years.

Laura Latimer, MOT

Laura is an occupational therapist who has been working as a traveler for over 5 years. She started to highlight great recruiters, companies, and travelers. As she traveled she saw the need for solid, trusted recommendations of recruiters, as well as actionable guides and resources to use. The part of her that loves to help and create value in this world thought, “Why not me! I'll create this for our industry”.

Phil Light, RN, BSN

Phil Light is a certified emergency nurse, ICU, and trauma nurse as well as the founder and president of the Professional Association of Nurse Travelers, a leading voice and advocate for healthcare travelers in the United States. He is a founding member of The Travelers Conference, the largest gathering of professional healthcare travelers in the United States.

Joseph Smith, RT, EA

Joseph finished degrees in accounting and respiratory therapy, and worked as a travel respiratory therapist before founding TravelTax and TravelTax Canada, a tax practice catering to the travel healthcare professional and mobile professionals in other staffing segments. TravelTax is well known in the healthcare staffing industry and serves a substantial client base of domestic and international mobile professionals, and their staffing agencies. His firm prepares U.S. and Canadian returns and represents clients before the IRS, Canadian Revenue Agency, and State tax agencies in audits, tax controversies, and litigation support.

Cynthia Kinnas, BA

Cynthia has been involved in the healthcare travel industry for almost 30 years. She started out as a recruiter and then co-founded Clinical One, the predecessor of Randstad Healthcare. She served as president of Randstad and also served on the editorial board of Healthcare Traveler magazine. In her role as founding board member and president of the National Association of Travel Healthcare Organizations, Cynthia was instrumental in creating the first travel nursing annual benchmarking report.

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  • Expiration date: December 31, 2016
  • Course price: $0

Course Summary

This session is intended for new healthcare travelers. The program will help healthcare professionals understand the process and steps needed to become a successful and productive healthcare traveler. Topics include preparing for a new assignment, submitting your application and negotiating your travel contract, finding the right healthcare travel company, and tax basics for healthcare travelers. This session will include opportunities for professional networking and peer mentoring.

ATrain Education, Inc. is an approved provider by the American Occupational Therapy Association. The following course information applies to occupational therapy professionals:

  • Target Audience: Occupational Therapists, OTAs
  • Instructional Level: Introductory
  • Content Focus: Category 3: Professional Issues, Legal, Legislative, Regulatory, and Reimbursement Issues; Contemporary Issues and Trends

Criteria for Successful Completion

80% or higher on the post test, a completed evaluation form, and payment where required. No partial credit will be awarded.

Conflict of Interest/Commercial Support

Conflict of Interest/Commercial Support

The planners and authors of this learning activity have declared no conflicts of interest, vested interest, or financial relationship that may influence the content of this activity. All information is provided fairly and without bias.

ATrain Education, Inc. received no outside financial or commercial support in the preparation, presentation or implementation of this learning activity and has no affiliation with any company whose products or services are mentioned in this activity.

Accreditation Information

Objectives: When you finish this course you will be able to:

  • Relate three components of the transition from a staff member to a mobile medical professional including state guidelines, travel agency requirements, and licensing and regulatory issues that affect mobile medical professionals.
  • Describe three professional practices to follow when submitting a travel contract.
  • Describe three ways in which a new healthcare traveler can identify a recruiter with experience and integrity.

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