Travel healthcare professionals often find that pursuing a travel career can be a lonely experience. Travelers are spread all across the country, which can make it difficult to connect with their colleagues outside of social media.
So when the idea for a new travel healthcare conference came about during TravCon 2018, it wasn’t out of a desire to create a competing conference, but instead to provide another event where travelers can network and connect. Due to COVID-19, the new annual conference had to be postponed for 2020 and 2021, but it will be held in 2022 in San Diego, CA. Travel nurse Thomas Piper is helping organize the new conference, “Healthcare Travelers Take San Diego,” set to take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 24–26, 2022, in San Diego, California.
“We want to provide people another option to supplement TravCon. Not everyone can make it to Vegas every year in September,” says Piper. “This new conference is another place where travelers can connect.”
Tickets to HTT San Diego cost only $75. The conference includes a golf outing, a newbie course, a happy hour, and two days of great speakers. In the event of conference cancellation due to COVID, all tickets will be refunded.
Keynote, Panels, and Free Continuing Nursing Education
This year keynote speakers will include:
- Katie Duke, a public figure with over 17 years’ experience in nursing, with the last 6 years as a Board-Certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. She serves as a mentor, podcast host, and content creator, and is the sole nurse practitioner on the advisory board of the Association for Healthcare Social Media (AHSM).
- Nicole Thomas, RN, MSN, CCM, DNP(C), the founder of Nicole Thomas, Inc., an educational firm that provides education, tools, and resources to nurses, nurse practitioners, and allied healthcare professional who have a desire to take their career to a level that is beyond the confines and limits placed on them by society’s perception of what their respective role should be. Nicole has served in as a nurse-leader, associate director, and educator for various Fortune 500 companies in the area of medical and clinical operations. In addition, she led a Fortune 7 managed care organization in developing, implementing, and evaluating clinical programs during the transition of Louisiana Medicaid to a managed care system, which resulted in an 87% increase in patient health outcomes and an annual $3.2 million cost savings.
Additional sessions will include both recruiter and CEO panel discussions as well as learning sessions with industry movers and shakers on topics such as taxes, housing, technology, profit margins, contracts, and fitness on the road.
Ten free hours of nursing CEU on “Wounds” will also be offered to conference participants by continuing nursing education (CNE) industry leader Wild Iris Medical Education. CEO Janis MacDonald says, “Wild Iris Medical Education is proud to be among the exhibitors of Healthcare Travelers Take San Diego.”
Small setting, good conversation
Healthcare Travelers Take San Diego is accepting only a small number of travelers and exhibitors. This setting is intended to offer more time for travelers and companies to network with each other. Conference organizer Piper explains, “We’ve set a lot of time aside for people to have actual conversations with agencies and recruiters. It’s definitely going to be a more intimate setting for networking and forming relationships.”
Organizers also wanted to keep the cost of entry as low as possible for both attendees and exhibitors. More than a dozen travel healthcare staffing companies will be represented, including Alliant Healthcare Staffing, Atlas Medstaff, and Fusion Medical Staffing, all of which are exhibitors for the event.
But the conference won’t be held in San Diego every year. Another reason why organizers created a different conference was to provide a chance to meet up with travelers in new places. “We’re travelers—we like to travel the country and don’t want to go to the same city every year,” Piper says. “TravCon is great and a lot of fun, but it can be expensive to visit Vegas every year if you’re working on the East Coast or want to bring your family along.”
Piper is encouraged by how quickly Healthcare Travelers Take San Diego has come together and hopes this conference will provide another great option for travelers to connect with each other. Organizers are already looking ahead to next year’s conference in a location to be determined, where they plan to offer even more tickets for travelers and space for exhibitors.
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