Review your healthcare contract carefully

Your Answers to the 3 Most Common Travel Nursing Contract Questions

Congratulations! You aced your interview, and you received your next (or first!) assignment as a travel healthcare professional. Now it’s time for the next step – signing the contract.

We know it’s easy to skim through a document, but it’s important to carefully review all the terms. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your recruiter who’s always available to walk you through this binding document. In the meantime, we’ve highlighted the most common contract questions:

Guaranteed Hours

  1. Do I have guaranteed hours?
  2. If the hospital calls me off or cancels my shift, do I still get paid for those hours?

No one wants to be hired for a job thinking they’ll work 36 hours a week and then receive pay for only 12 hours because of call-offs or cancellations. At TaleMed, we promise that you will be paid at least your guaranteed 36 hours – from week 2 through week 12 of your assignment, regardless of the actual hours worked.

HR Manager Jessica Meek explains why the first and last week aren’t guaranteed: “The first week isn’t guaranteed because it’s primarily orientation,” Meek said. “The hospital won’t work you during this period. And the last week, that’s always the hospital’s call if they can choose to schedule you or not.”

Pay Breakdown

  1. When will I receive my first paycheck?
  2. When will my paycheck include reimbursements?

These are two of our most-asked questions! You will receive your first paycheck on the Friday after your first week of work. After that first week, you’ll receive weekly Friday checks, direct deposited in the account of your choice. Typically, you’ll receive your travel reimbursement in the first and last paycheck or all in your first check. TaleMed usually pays license reimbursements in the last paycheck of the assignment.


  1. When does my insurance start and end?
  2. Do I still have insurance between assignments?

While working on an assignment, travel health care professionals have the choice to elect medical, dental and/or prescription coverage through TaleMed. Insurance coverage continues if you have two weeks or less between assignments.

For longer intervals between assignments, healthcare professionals must find and purchase their own insurance plans. Meek recommends researching several options to select the best coverage:

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare – The Golden Rule
  • The Healthcare Marketplace
  • COBRA coverage – the most expensive option that maintains current health coverage

We’re here to help

If you have additional questions, we recommend reaching out at any time to your recruiter. When you work with TaleMed, you are part of our family. We want to meet your expectations and set you up for success on each and every assignment.

For more information on travel nursing opportunities with TaleMed, contact us today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.