TRS Radio hosts Frank Whalen and Caleb English are bringing you an exclusive series of podcasts on the 8th Annual Travelers Conference. The conference, which is sold out, will be at The Rio in Las Vegas on Sept. 14 and 15. This is the third episode in this series.
ER Trauma Nurse Phil Light took the road less traveled when he chose to pursue a career in nursing. Phil is co-founder and president of Professional Association of Nurse Travelers (PanTravelers) and a founding board member of the Travelers Conference. In 1997, he was one of the first men to earn an RN from Western Kentucky University. “It was quite unusual here,” he said.
Phil took to travel nursing as a means for professional development. He wanted to experience working at big trauma centers as these weren’t available in rural Kentucky. While the pay for travel nurses is very good, money wasn’t the driving force behind his decision to travel. In fact, compensation has a lot to do with a common misconception of travel nursing. Phil said the No. 1 misconception is that travel nurses are paid “immensely more” than staff nurses. “Yes our pay is very good,” but one must consider paid time off and retirement benefits that staff nurses receive.
Phil had been working as a travel nurse for about two years when PanTravelers began to take shape on an online forum. Phil saw a lot of information about travel nursing on the websites of healthcare staffing agencies, but it always had a company bias. That’s where PanTravelers comes in. It was developed as an unbiased source of information open to all healthcare travelers. PanTravelers is a nonprofit organization and host of the annual Travelers Conference in Las Vegas. Come visit Phil at the PanTravelers booth and sign up for the professional organization.
Also in this episode of TRS Radio, hosts Frank Whalen and Caleb English reveal the exciting prize that one lucky attendee at The Travelers Conference will win. Click here to listen now!