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TNC 16 – Will a travel company pay for my flight? What if I need to leave in the middle of an assignment?

 

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TNC 16 – Will a travel company pay for my flight? What if I need to leave in the middle of an assignment?

 
 
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This episode is all about leaving on a jet plane (Thanks, John Denver) and if you can/should while on assignment.  More specifically, what you should know about companies paying for flights, and if its okay to leave in the middle of an assignment.

We could talk about each of these topics for hours but we try to keep it short and to the point so you get the most bang for your buck.

Have a listen if you want to hear the details, but here is a brief summary.

What if I have to go home during one of my assignments?   The rule of thumb here is that yes, most of the time you can head home during one of your assignments.  Especially if you negotiate days off ahead of time (Although it may be better to work your time off between blocks of shifts or between assignments).

There are of course emergencies that come up as well, so the hospital and company will understand in certain situations.  Be careful though about using the “emergency” reason too often.  The hospital, and especially the company, will be keeping tabs on you for the future to make sure they can count on you.  If you need to leave during an assignment, make sure it’s for a reason more important than “but my cat, Whiskers, has a stomach ache”.

Will a company pay for my flight to get to an assignment? The short answer, most companies will if you want them too.  However, it might not be in your best interest.  This topic is similar to the question “should I take the housing stipend or the company provided housing” (We talk all about this is Episode 11 by the way).

Companies will pay for things like housing and flights, but that money has to come from somewhere and most of the time it comes out of your pay.  Maybe you make $40 less per week to essentially help pay for your flight…  This isn’t always a bad thing if you like things to be convenient, but keep in mind the old saying, “nothing in life is free”.

There are plenty more details in the episode!  As always, keep sending your travel nursing questions to mike@travelnursingclassroom.com

 

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