Seasonal and regional nurse shortages in the 1980s caused the emergence of travel nurse companies, which specialize in giving nurses the opportunity to travel anywhere in the United States where there is a nurse shortage. Since the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the nurse shortage to worsen over the next seven years, travel nursing is a field with expected strong growth. This fact can make anyone who values having a strong health care career want to become a travel nurse, except most people do not know how to become one.In order to become a travel nurse, a person has to have an active state license as a registered nurse, licensed practical nurse or vocational nurse and be in good standing. A nurse also needs a minimum of a year of healthcare experience, preferably in a hospital setting. Then it is time to find a travel staffing agency, which will place them at an agreed number of job assignments around the country or locally.Before deciding to settle for any nursing travel agency that happens to be listed online, it is highly recommended to looks at what areas in the United States are favorable to them. According to one travel nursing web site, Florida, California and Arizona have the most opportunities for nurses. However, if one wants to work and live somewhere else in the United States that is possible since travel nurses can work in all of the states. They just need to obtain the license of the state where they will work.The next step of becoming a travel nurse is researching travel agencies. When performing research on travel companies and what they offer their clients, one needs to consider if the agency helps their clients obtain a state license or not. This factor helps determine how helpful the agency is and can help a person determine whether or not they want to work with the agency. While 27 states require nurses to obtain a license right from them in order to work there, the other 23 states do not. These 23 states entered an agreement with each other known as the Nurse Licensure Compact, which allows nurses to work in any of the 23 states with a license that was obtained from only one of the 23 states. According to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, these 23 states are Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.Some travel nurse agencies will recruit specifically for an assignment, arrange contracts and assist in finding housing. Most agencies arrange the housing in their name while some allow the travel nurse to partake in finding and selecting the housing. If a travel nurse decides to go outside of the company when purchasing housing, most companies offer a housing stipend.Some agencies offer a travel allowance, which may or may not cover all traveling costs. Some agencies offer healthcare insurance, licensure reimbursement, referral bonuses for referring travel nurses to them, stock investment, continuing education reimbursements, vacation and sick days.Travel assignments can range from eight weeks to a year; however, the average majority of assignments are just thirteen weeks. At the end of an assignment, travel nurses can opt to stay at that location, if possible, or choose another available location. It is possible for nurses to sign up with more than one travel nurse agency and to change at will.After researching travel nursing companies and a person has decided which travel company to work with, it is best to schedule an interview with the travel agency. During the interview the nursing company will assess a person’s skills for placement. A recruiter will be assigned to the client to go over individual needs, goals and opportunities. The recruiter will contact the client when a matching position becomes available.
Are you a manager or business owner constantly finding yourself sending employees and sales people to conventions, networking events, and seminars all around the country? You are probably finding the process a bit stressful and have already tried different techniques to make things easier. If you have not made much progress in streamlining your corporate travel, it’s understandable. After all, organizing corporate travel can be a challenging task regardless of the size of your corporation. That’s why you should contract a corporate travel management firm. An established firm has the experience and expertise that will make your business travel organization a walk in the park. You would be surprised at how much time and money you can save on your corporate travel operations by allowing a professional to tweak, track, and trim a few things here and there.If you have been organizing your corporate travel in house, it’s time to allocate your time more effectively and outsource your travel management to a firm. Did you know that you could be saving money on corporate travel expenses in more ways than one? Whether your employees are attending seminars in the US or traveling abroad to expand international markets, you will be able to benefit from the services of a corporate travel manager. From discounts on airline travel and hotels to important expense accounting tricks, a travel management firm has that special sauce that helps your company save.One of the most attractive advantages to working with a corporate travel management firm is the savings on airfare. If you decide to partner with a large firm who purchases airline tickets in bulk you will easily pay for the management fees using the savings you realize on airfares alone. By working with a travel management service you increase your buying power by orders of magnitude and keep more cash in your expense account. Another way business travel firms can save money for your firm is by connecting your employees ahead of time with several discounted hotels so you don’t just save money on hotel costs, but your employees save time researching hotels. And, as we all know, time is money.Another excellent benefit of travel management that should not be understated is the tax and corporate accounting advice that is included. A good travel management company will have a unique way of recording and combining travel expenses that allows you to deduct more taxable expenses from your corporate income taxes. If you have not considered, recorded and tracked every single transaction that is accounted for during a corporate voyage (which includes food, drinks, an entertainment expenses) then your company is paying too much in taxes. The key is to write off everything related to every business travel. This is a smart and perfectly legal method that can save your company even more money. You might be thinking about the absolute nightmare of tracking every employee travel expense, but don’t worry, your travel manager will have that figured out too.Corporate travel management firms these days are incredibly savvy when it comes to technology. Many firms offer a free app that allows each employee to track every single expense as they go about their day on any given trip. The data is uploaded to the app server in real time allowing you to track expenses, compare to other employees and generally keep an eye on which expenses are being billed to the corporate account and why. If you prefer not to see or deal with this information, you can simply request a status report at the end of each month or after each trip and the firm will deliver a summary of all expenses to your smartphone or laptop.Corporate travel management is crucial for any corporation whether big or small. Keeping track of expenses, obtaining cheap airfares and hotel stays as well as keeping the expense accounting up to par is not a luxury, it is critical for staying competitive and running an efficient business. Most travel management firms will charge a reasonable fee that will pay for itself with a portion of the savings realized. Besides, what is the dollar value that you place on your own time and that of your employees? Any wise business owner or corporate manager knows that time is money.
The Business Debtline was originally launched in 1992 and its main aim is to provide assistance to the small businesses that are having financial difficulties. In the early years, the Business Debtline only covered the Birmingham area, but later in 2000, the company launched a telephone helpline that covers the entire England and Wales. In 2005, the company expanded its telephone service to assist the callers from Scotland as well. The Business Debtline became the part of Money Advice Trust (MAT); a charity founded in 1991and is a leading organization promoting free and independent advice, in 2004. The company is funded by 12 major banks and the DIT’s Small Business Service.The Business Debtline advisers provide guidance on most debt issues via telephone advice and assisted self-help material. The major issues on which the service provide guidance include the dealing with court proceedings, preparing business budget, avoid repossession of property, understand bankruptcy and limited company insolvency, negotiate with creditors and bailiffs, deal with tax matters and prioritize all debts. A free information pack is provided to each caller called “Dealing with your Business Debts”, which contains information and guidelines to tackle multiple debt situations.A survey was held to determine the usefulness of the service, the results are quite interesting as 88 percent of the callers rated advice given in the information pack ‘useful’ or ‘very useful’ and 98 percent of the callers said the they would like to use the service again.A rough estimate says that in 2005, the service received more than 8,000 calls and these figures are expected to increase with the expansion of the service and recruitment of further advisers. More advisers mean more people will get advice from the advisers on their business problems.The aim of the Business Debtline is to help people from all walks of life to sort out their problems regarding debt and increase their income by getting extra benefits and tax allowances. Let us take an example to illustrate our point. Let us say you may be entitled to apply for the Working Tax Credit administered by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). If you are the one who is working on a low income, you can apply for the Working Tax Credit. This will help you to get your interest frozen on your debts and may perhaps come to an agreement with HMRC if you owe any money to them. You will be provided an assistant on all these and many other issues by the advisers. You will be able to cut down your outgoings and increase your profitability.Besides this Business Debtline service, you can also seek help from your local Citizens Advice Bureau. They will also give you free advice on all debt problems. Simply contact them through telephone and they will be there to help you in any way possible.