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Benefits to Consider Prior to Taking Your Next Assignment

When nurses think of opportunities with staffing providers there are many things to consider beyond location, department, and shift.  Let’s take a look at key benefits to think about before you accept an assignment.
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When nurses think of opportunities with staffing providers there are many things to consider beyond location, department, and shift.  Let’s take a look at key benefits to think about before you accept an assignment.

When does your health care coverage begin? Supplemental Health Care offers coverage on “day one” through our PanaBridge plan.  The PanaBridge plan not only gets you covered immediately but also provides ACA compliant preventative coverage at no cost to you. It includes a limited benefit indemnity plan that pays clearly defined fixed amounts for many common medical services, provides generic pharmacy coverage, telemedicine & more! The PanaBridge plan is not a major medical plan and does not include dental or vision coverage. Even if you elect the PanaBridge plan, rest assured you still can elect major medical, dental and/or vision through UHC that will begin on the 1st of the month following 30 days of full time work with SHC. Your enrollment in all these benefits is due online within the 1st 30 days following your 1st shift worked.

What is the cancellation policy? When accepting an assignment, you are expecting to work the full term of the agreement. But, there may be occasions where a situation will change at the hospital, and it is important for you to understand what the cancellation policy is.  Typically, a contract will include a 2-week mutual cancellation policy.

Are the work hours guaranteed?  This is an important consideration for healthcare professionals when considering an assignment.  Most agencies, including Supplemental Health Care, require you to work a minimum of 30-hours per week to maintain active health insurance.  Entering into a new assignment, you should know if you have guarantees on the number of hours you will be working.

Do You Understand the compensation?  A key component of every assignment that is often misunderstood is the compensation.  It is important to understand every aspect of your compensation package and not just look at your hourly wage. Total compensation will include a variety of considerations which may include hourly wage, daily Meal and Lodging Allowances, travel reimbursements, and other miscellaneous bonuses. Each assignment is different, so it is important to know what is included as compensation and what isn’t.  Other considerations might be License reimbursements for out-of-state travelers, mileage reimbursements, etc.

Your relationship with the recruiter is a benefit. Experienced travelers will tell you that the most important consideration is the relationship with your recruiter.

One of our Recruiting Managers for Supplemental Health Care, sums up the recruiter relationship this way. “A good recruiter knows that this is a long-term relationship and at the end of the day, the Traveler is the one responsible for providing care to the patients. Recruiters have to be good listeners and always be available and responsive to their travelers. It is important, as a recruiter, to understand the desired market and be able to talk about trends that can help their healthcare professional put together a plan for their career versus just the current assignment.”

In addition to the keys discussed above, it is important to make the right decision about the company you are considering working with.  Supplemental Health Care has put together a package of industry-leading benefits including an immediately vested 401(k) plan that offers 100% matching up to 3% and 50% matching at 4- and 5%.  Other SHC offerings include the Our Rewards program which awards points for every hour worked which can then be used on thousands of name brand products. The Helping Hands program offers employees a cutting edge referral program that allows you to earn bonus money for every hour that your referral works for SHC!

What benefit considerations are important to you as you consider an assignment? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below or join the discussion on our Facebook page.

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