Do you ever wonder where the time goes? That is the thought that runs through my mind when I reflect on the more than seven years of being involved with healthcare recruitment. It has been quite the exciting and challenging journey. My first several years were focused on traveling allied medical professionals. These are clinical professionals who are non-nursing , such as medical technologists, respiratory therapists, radiology technologists, sonographers, etc. The past five years my focus has turned to healthcare leadership recruitment, which involves non-clinical leaders at both the executive and director levels. In this blog I wanted to reflect on my experiences and highlight the similarities and differences between travel assignments and interim engagements. Please keep in mind these similarities and differences pertain to most cases and are from my experiences. In healthcare recruitment, as many know, no assignment or interim engagement is the same.
- Traveling allied professionals are considered “travelers” where interim leaders are referred to as “interims.”
- Interim leaders, especially executives, are treated as exempt employees, which means we discuss weekly / salaried rates vs. hourly rates.
- Interim leadership staffing has had a higher probability to extend. As an interim leader you are generally involved with the strategic plan and projects relating to this.
- There is a different level of expectation on returning home during a travel assignment vs. interim engagements. Typically, an interim leader will go home at least once per month if not twice per month.
- The number one similarity to highlight is both travelers and interims spend significant time away from family / friends to make a difference in healthcare facilities they are serving.
- Both travelers and interim leaders can be viewed and utilized as mentors to the hospital they are on an assignment or engagement with.
- When partnered with a firm housing and travel arrangements (flights, car allowances, mileage, etc.) are covered for travelers and interim leaders.
- Per diem is offered.
As I mentioned, the time spent in healthcare recruitment has flown by. I have had the honor and privilege to represent many travelers and interims that have been impactful in a variety of healthcare settings. The time, dedication, and passion that travelers and interims give while away from home is unbelievable. If you’re reading this and we have worked together…THANK YOU!
If you have any additional experiences with travel assignments and interim engagements, please share!
Mike joined Aureus Group Healthcare Administration in February 2014. As an Account Manager he brings several years of experience in healthcare recruiting and has proven to have the ability to meet both client and candidate expectations. Prior to joining Aureus Group, Mike worked for a national allied healthcare search firm and won Allied Recruiter in 2012. Mike has a bachelor’s degree in nutrition, health and exercise science from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, NE.