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May 24, 2022

Common Misconceptions about being a Traveling Medical Professional


by elijah

In the past few years, being a traveling medical professional has been a very profitable and fascinating career choice. Not only can you earn more money as a traveler, but you can also choose to do so in just about any state you want to visit, without having to relocate there permanently. If you are interested in a career change like that, Ventura MedStaff can offer you a variety of options. Just reach out to one of our recruiters.

However, there are many misconceptions and misunderstandings when it comes to this niche profession. That’s why it’s important to clarify the situation as best as we can.

You Will Pay Taxes in Your Home State and Your Working State

This is a very common statement that floats around the internet, and it deters a lot of people from ever pursuing this career path. And as you may have assumed, this is not true. And the situation is not as simple as most people would like to represent it.

It all revolves around a tax home. If you’re not familiar with this term, it’s essentially an area or a town where you live and work regularly. Travel nurses are paid a per diem that is non-taxable if they can prove to have a tax home. These stipends can make up a majority of their wages, but will not be counted as taxable income.

That being said, it is important to know that you need to be able to prove that you have a tax home, especially if you work relatively close to your primary residence.

Travelers are Only Young Professionals

While it is true that a lot of people get into traveling early on in their careers, this is not always the case. Becoming a traveler is a great way for young professionals to be able to afford to travel to some fascinating and amazing places while also supporting themselves by doing what they love.

But here’s the truth of it – the average age of a traveler veers close to 40 years old. Simply put, people who are on the lookout for a great opportunity to work and travel will take it when it presents itself – no matter their age. Whether it is just a one-time deal or a career choice is less relevant – traveling is for anyone interested in it and qualified.

Travelers Get the Worst Tasks in the New Facility

You know how this goes – the hazing ritual. Whenever there is a task that nobody wants to do, let the newcomer take the fall. We’ve seen it so many times on TV and in movies that we simply take it for granted. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that way.

Hospitals and other healthcare facilities are generally well organized and strictly managed. After all, these facilities cost a lot of money to operate and are responsible for one of the most important aspects of our society – our nation’s health.

As a newcomer and a traveling medical professional, you will probably be put through all kinds of tasks until your qualifications are clearer to your colleagues. This way, you can find your place in the new facility for as long as you are there.

As a Traveling Medical Professional, You’re Not Entitled to Health Insurance

As a temporary employee, you are indeed not entitled to health insurance through the medical facility where you work, that part is true in most situations.

However, you should still have health insurance through your staffing agency. If the agency you have reached out to doesn’t offer you health insurance, they are perhaps not the best choice. Most likely, they are trying to save money on you while maximizing their profits.

If you are looking for an agency with fair and transparent conditions, contact Ventura MedStaff. We offer a variety of benefits to all our traveling medical professionals and hundreds of available postings all across the U.S.

If you have any additional questions or feel ready to take the plunge, we’re here for you.

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