We are always open to discuss any concerns related to the quality of our organization and patient safety concerns. Though we have an incident and complaint reporting system available to you at any time, you may also, without concern for or threat of repercussion, report any concern related to quality or patient safety with any Convergence management member at (980) 207-5000. Alternatively, you may contact The Joint Commission directly at (630) 792-5285.
In most cases, you need two or more years of experience in a specialty area and must have worked in that environment within the last two years. In some cases, hospitals may accept new graduates and other employees with less than two years of experience; however, this typically applies to Therapists and Locums. Criminal background checks, license verifications, referencing previous employers, drug testing, and other screenings are completed on each candidate prior to starting an assignment.
Each traveling medical professional must possess an active license in the state where you will be working, with the exception of compact licensure for nurses in a particular band of states (reciprocity). Our experienced staff will gladly help you through this process should you need assistance.
Yes, however, your desired destination may not be available when you are. Your recruiter will work with you to get you as close to your desired location as possible, including investigating areas worth your consideration, based on your skill and interests.
It is exactly what you are used to working. Most work weeks are between 36 or 40 hours. Some assignments may call for more or less hours, depending on the position (nurses vs. therapists vs. physicians and mid-level practitioners). Hours are carefully documented in each agreement, including any guarantees.
Pay rates depend on various issues such as geography, cost of living, skill and specialization, as well as the clients agreements. Each client is different. Our staff customizes each individual’s compensation package based on these elements and in consideration of your compensation goals.
Nurse and Therapist contracts, on average, are for 13 weeks; however, some may be as little as eight weeks and as much as one year. For Locums, contracts may vary greatly in days, weekly, monthly and in length of contracted services. Locum Tenens can count on a wide selection of working conditions.
The IRS offers hourly per diems that are tax free for traveling professionals. Per diems cover meals and incidentals as well as housing. Participating in the program ensures that you take home more of the money that you earn. These per diems, broken into hourly rates, are dependent on meeting participation criteria and are specific to location (city, state). Your recruiter can cover this program with you in detail. Note that for your and our own protection, we will not deviate from the IRS criteria or rates and how the program is applied to your compensation. Please consult your tax professional for additional guidance.
We don’t know. You tell us! There are few professions that offer the respect, flexibility and control over your own career as with traveling medical professionals. Make your calling a “calling card” to the places you long to visit and the working conditions that are attractive to you.
I like the attention and personable approach that my recruiter takes. They take care of the traveler completely from before the assignment starts until completion of the assignment. I have always been one who works and I like the incentives in place for those of us who work according to the contract. I’ve received numerous bonuses totaling over $4,000.00 to date and have been paid and reimbursed on time consistently. I’ve been traveling with them over two years now and have not been disappointed.
I can call my recruiter any time day or night with any problem and he is very supportive; also paid weekly by direct deposit.
When you need a reliable agent, Mo is the best in the business. He actually calls weekly to check on me. I’ve been with 4 other companies, and as long as I was making money they didn’t care about me at all. It makes all the difference in the world to know that you have someone on your side in this business, because other companies look after the hospital first.
The recruiters are the most accommodating I’ve ever worked with and they are on top of their game. They make taking assignments easy and are always available when I need them. I’ve never been disappointed with anyone at the organization with over a year of working with them and will most likely never work with another firm again. I love working with them and feel highly cared for – in fact, spoiled.
Grady and Greg have been astounding. I went with Convergence due to the swift response, processing, and helpfulness of these two. Also, they made it so easy, explaining everything. Credentialing was quick and a breeze. I have and will continue to recommend Convergence to others.
Convergence, as a whole is paying as much or more than some of the larger companies…I have paid medical, dental, and my medication coverage is better than when I was full time at the hospital!
I don’t feel appreciated; I am continuously shown that I’m appreciated!
I cannot describe the gratitude of finding such a group of wonderful people who “walk the talk.”
(Convergence) is very organized and each assignment runs like clockwork – smoothly and on a consistent basis.
The staff is responsive to my needs and responsible with my career. They have gained my trust through their consistent actions and guidance; and their benefits are top of the line!