Where is this? many/most agencies in NC and SC are always hurting for paramedics.... especially experienced and competent onesNot that I'm aware of. Sadly there is a glut of paramedics most places. Some remote locations will recruit experienced medics though. They offer incentives for relocating.
When I was looking into it most of the offers for paid moves and incentives were for Alaska. Was maybe 6 years ago. Decided I was too old to play that game though. Would have been fun in my 20s though.Where is this? many/most agencies in NC and SC are always hurting for paramedics.... especially experienced and competent ones
The biggest issue I see with this is the credentialing process. our county's FTEP process is between 3 and 6 months (and up to a year for newbies), until you are a completely released paramedic. And there are plenty of experienced paramedics who don't make it through the process. As the old saying goes, if you have seen one agency, you have seen one agency.....There are areas all across the country that are in desperate need of paramedics. If there were a staffing agency that could provide trained medics for contract locum tenens assignments, it would be a huge help.
Travel RNs, MDs, PAs, NPs usually have 3 month (13 week) contracts and spend 1-3 weeks of that onboarding/orienting.Assuming it takes at least 3 months for an agency to deem a paramedic as competent, knowledgeable of the local protocols, and able to function within their EMS system, operating under the medical directors license (and I think 3 months might be a conservative number)
that sounds awesome, especially the making lots of money for a short time assignment. I wish i could do that, it sounds like an awesome way to make a ton of money and not have to work part time.I have managed to travel here and there in times of disaster and back fill rosters. Example after I did relief work for Katrina, Acadian hired me as a "temp employee" since so many of their staff were displaced as well. I did a 3 day orientation even then and was cut loose however they ensured I was with FT employees who would keep me out of trouble. It was great though financially, VERY hard physically/psychologically cause I was there to work. I slept in the stations, even when "off duty". I did make a ton of cash though. Doing what I did is extreme and not easy cause you have to adapt and assimilate fast. At that time, I had 9 different state Paramedic licenses active.
I agree with you in theory; however, and this might be a new thread altogether, with the trend among several of my local agencies moving toward a more extended onboarding process for all employees (4-6 week academy, formal several month long field training evaluation program, etc), why should an experienced provider traveling provider only need to deal with a fast, intense process? shouldn't that work for all experienced providers?Too many agencies make on boarding overly complex. For experienced medics that are working a short contract, it should be a fast, intense process.