Frequently asked questions relating to staffing, new healthcare travelers, and seasoned travelers.
This page provides help with the most common questions concerning the new healthcare traveler, the seasoned travelers, and staffing for clinics and facilities. If you do not find a satisfactory answer we encourage you to reach out to your account manager directly or submit your question in the form below. Once we have received your message we will respond to you in [time frame].
New/Prospective LRS Travelers
First, submit an online application, and we’ll be in touch to learn more about you and what you’re looking for. Once we’ve gotten to know you and matched you to an ideal travel healthcare position, we’ll work together to collect the rest of the details to get you started on your travel adventure.
Adventures, opportunities, expanding your network and skillset are just a few of the advantages of traveling as a healthcare worker. You’ll get paid to explore the country and build your resume by working in a variety of facilities throughout the country. Check out our articles, Why You Should Be a Healthcare Traveler and Becoming a Healthcare Traveler for the Right Reasons for more information.
Choosing a healthcare staffing agency that prioritizes you around the clock is essential. At LRS, we value our travelers day and night, building lasting relationships. As an LRS traveler, you get access to our benefits. Plus, our Clinical Nurse Liaison team is available during business hours to guide you through the travel healthcare industry.
We work with hospitals, clinics, and long-term care facilities nationwide. Need staffing solutions? Fill out a request here.
Healthcare traveler requirements vary by assignment, facility, and state. For a smooth process, we recommend that:
- Ensure all licenses and certifications are up to date before you apply.
- Keep medical records updated and ready for submission.
- Be prepared to secure any additional required licenses.
- Ideally, have at least 2 years of experience in your role. Two years of experience isn’t always required, but most facilities prefer it.
Don't have 2 years of experience? Apply anyway! Our Recruiters can help guide your journey into healthcare traveling.
If you see a travel healthcare assignment you are interested in, apply as soon as possible! Most opportunities fill within a few days of being posted and it can take some time to get you fully credentialed. Speaking with a Recruiter will help identify similar healthcare travel jobs at other facilities you might be a good fit for as well.
Once you have accepted an offer, onboarding and credentialing for healthcare travel assignments typically takes 5-10 business days but can vary depending on several factors including the turnaround time for verification of multiple records. To expedite your onboarding, be sure to have your licensure, certification, and medical documents updated in LRS Connect as soon as possible.
Although travel assignment length may vary, a standard healthcare travel assignment is 13 weeks. This time frame provides ample time to explore your new destination, network, and learn new skills! Browse our healthcare travel jobs now to find your first or next job today.
To align with our company policy, assignments that are under 50 miles from your permanent tax residence are considered “local” assignments. If hospitals accept “local” travelers, their pay is all taxable and stipends will not be provided. However, if you plan on traveling 50 miles or more, you’ll be able to take advantage of stipends. Your Recruiter will be able to confirm this information with you if you have additional questions.
Your pay package will vary based on job duties, shift, location, facility, and relevant work experience. If you’re looking at websites and job boards that promote weekly pay, be sure to note if the pay listed is before or after taxes and includes or excludes travel and housing stipends. These variables affect what your take-home pay could be and could potentially vary from the salary promoted on the job posting.
Our healthcare travelers submit timecards and are paid at the end of every week!
As a traveler, you may experience an adjustment period as you get to know your new destination, jobs, co-workers, and more. If you are feeling uneasy, your Recruiter will be by your side throughout your entire assignment.
Nope! As a traveler, you do not pay a fee to secure an assignment. Fees are covered by the facilities.
Of course, we want the transition to be as smooth as possible and to ensure that your experience is positive. Check out our article Top 5 Tips for a New Healthcare Traveler for five tips from our long-term travelers.
No, currently we do not sponsor visas and are unable to work with international healthcare professionals.
Of course! We offer our healthcare travelers beyond-your-basic benefits including affordable medical, dental, and vision insurance, competitive pay, housing stipends, licensure reimbursement, certification reimbursement, 401(k) with employer match, referral bonuses, and 24-hour support.
Yes! Anyone can refer a healthcare professional to LRS Healthcare and earn a $500 referral bonus ($400 LPNs and $300 CNAs) once your referral completes six weeks of their first assignment with us.
Yes to both! We want our healthcare travelers to feel comfortable in their homes away from home. Check out our articles, Traveling with your Pets, The Best Resources for Traveling Pet Owners or The Best Assignment Locations for Family Fun for additional info.
Yes, our dedicated Travel Experience team will help you find comfortable, furnished housing or opt to take our generous stipend. Not sure where to start? Here are some tips for securing housing. For additional questions, please reach out to your Recruiter.
Possibly. Be sure to talk with your Recruiter about your reimbursement expectations. Expenses for healthcare travelers are negotiated in your contract.
Current or Previous LRS Travelers
If you want to stay at your current facility and job, you can always request an extension. You can extend for up to 364 days to take advantage of full stipends ask your Account Manager for more details.
We hope you enjoy your healthcare travel assignment and location! Reach out to your recruiter to discuss requesting an extension or work with them to find your next assignment! Explore the benefits of extending your assignment.
If you are a current traveler, your first contact will always be your Account Manager. If you are not a current LRS traveler, call us at (800) 811-0064 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We get it. Sometimes things just don’t work out. We’d love to help you find something that would be a better fit. Please connect with your Account Manager to explore your options.
If things aren’t going as well as you’d like, we are happy to set you up with someone else! Please email email@example.com and we will notify the department manager to reach out to you. You should hear from them within the next business day.
Timecards are submitted weekly online through our traveler portal, LRS Connect. Please only submit your timecard using LRS Connect. Please do not submit your timecards through any other means. Any timecards turned into your facility are for billing purposes only and will not be used to process payroll.
You can log in to LRS Connect at any time to upload or update your documents and submit timecards. Login at connect.lrshealthcare.com. If you are unable to log in or reset your password, please email your Account Manager directly. Someone will be in touch within the next business day!
If you have an issue related to uploading your timecard to LRS Connect, please contact your Account Manager and they will assist you and relay information back to the appropriate parties with LRS so we can resolve any issues. Best practice is to upload your timecard as early as possible so if you are experiencing any issues you can contact your Account Manager immediately to resolve to allow you to submit your timecard prior to the Tuesday 4pm CST deadline.
You’ll be able to edit timesheets in LRS Connect after they’re submitted, and before they’re validated by our timecard team. If our timecard team experiences issues with a timesheet that you’ve submitted, they will reach out. If you have a correction and your timecard has already been validated your next step is to upload it as a support document in Connect, and leave a comment explaining the additional document. Our timecard team will review and process any pay adjustments needed.
The first step is to always check the dates you have selected in Connect to ensure you have entered your time on the correct work week. If your time/shifts were entered under the wrong work week you risk not being paid properly. Then always be sure to hit “Submit” after you review all your shifts for accuracy, upload any support docs, and leave your comments about your work week. If you do not see a pop-up window stating “Timesheet Submitted,” please review your work week again and if it is not noted your timesheet has been submitted or in review you will need to click through your timesheet steps to click on that “Submit” button again.
Please direct any HR questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will reach out within the next business day!
Effective January 1, 2023, elected coverages will begin immediately upon employment start date. For all employees hired prior to January 1, 2023, the waiting period for coverage is 1st of the month following employment start date.
For rehired employees, there will be no lapse in coverage if a new contract is received before your current contract end date, and the gap between the current contract end date and new contract start date does not exceed 30 days. Please note, any premiums missed between contracts will be collected in full on your first check after the lapse in employment if taxable income allows.
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