COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the country, with the Delta variant accounting for an estimated 93.4% of Covid-19 cases in the US. Given the surge, healthcare job needs in many states are reaching levels surpassing the height of last winter.
As a Travel Nurse or Allied Health professional, you’ve likely guessed one thing that this means—the return of Crisis Rates. As you know, these jobs can be very alluring, as a Crisis Rate (aka Rapid Response Rate) is often as much as 100% higher than the normal travel nurse rate for the same position at the same hospital.
If Crisis Rate opportunities appeal to you, here are some recommendations to consider:
Tips for Getting in on Rapid Response Rates
- Time is of the essence—as in the second a job is open. When you see a job post, click-thru right away to verify if it’s still available. Crisis Rate ads floating around social media may have already expired, as competition is fierce and positions are frequently filled within minutes of initial posting. So don’t hesitate.
- Be sure your submission profile is up-to-date and compliance docs are uploaded with your agency ahead of time or ready to submit at a moment’s notice. Many facilities are not interviewing and are offering jobs based solely on a profile, so you need to be okay with that.
- Make sure you have the appropriate license, whether a compact license (for a greater number of opportunities) or a state license for where you’re interested in traveling.
- The more flexible you can be on what you require in a contract, the better. Anyone asking for PTO or a specific schedule or shift will likely be the last picked.
- Talk to your recruiter or agency care team member to alert them of your interest if any opportunities arise. This way, you can be given first consideration for jobs with the rates you’re targeting.
Good luck and safe travels!
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