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Your license as a nurse or allied health professional is your livelihood. And when you travel to multiple states, it can get complicated. We talk licensure on the Cardium podcast with Annie Elliston and Jeff West.

Navigating Licensure in Travel Healthcare

February 19, 2020

GUESTS: Annie Elliston and Jeff West


Annie Elliston, RN and Director of Clinical Operations with Aureus Medical Group, is a guest on Cardium podcast. She shares advice and best practices of licensure for travel nurses, therapists, and other allied health professionals.

Annie Elliston is a Registered Nurse of over 34 years and the Director of Clinical Operations with Aureus Medical Group. Her vast clinical experience includes over 20 years in the Intensive Care Unit at Nebraska Medicine. She has worked in the Emergency Department of a Level II hospital and in the Level 4 Neonatal Intensive Care unit at Children’s Hospital in Omaha. Annie earned her Master’s Degree in Nursing in 2009 and went on to work as a Faculty Instructor at The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing. Outside of the clinical setting, Annie served as a Director with a national internet based Wellness company and in various other Administrative roles in healthcare.

Jeff West, Regional Manager with Aureus Medical Group, is a guest on Cardium podcast. He shares advice and best practices of licensure for travel nurses, therapists, and other allied health professionals.

Jeff West has spent 14 years in the healthcare staffing industry, first as a recruiter and now as regional manager with Aureus Medical Group. His wealth of knowledge acquired from his years of building relationships with nurses and hospital hiring managers gives him a broad perspective of travel nursing and has enabled him to share best practices with nurses in the field and recruiters he coaches. Jeff holds a Master’s in Organizational Leadership, a Bachelor’s in Broadcast Journalism and a Minor in Communications. He has served as a panelist at TravCon and a speaker during the Staffing Industry Analysts’ Healthcare Staffing Summit.

When you’re traveling as a nurse, therapist or in another allied health field that requires a license, you know it can get complicated when you’re working in multiple states. Application requirements vary, licenses in some states take longer to process than others, and there’s a lot to keep track of and consider. Your license is also your livelihood. How do you be proactive in protecting it? Annie Elliston and Jeff West join us to talk about all things licensure.

During our conversation with Annie and Jeff we cover:

  • Mapping out your future as a traveler and ensuring you’re ready to work when an assignment is available
  • Hits on a license and situations that may surface on a background check; what does that mean, what to do, and how to be proactive
  • The importance of transparency and communication with your healthcare staffing agency and clinical RN team when it comes to your license
  • Proactive steps to take to protect your license and certifications
  • The licensure application process and covering all the bases
  • What an agency and recruiter look for in a traveler from a licensure and certifications point of view
  • Knowing yourself as a healthcare professional and how to set yourself up for success
  • eNLC, compact states, and licensure by endorsement / what it entails
  • Compact states and privileges for nurses and therapists
  • How state licensure works and best advice for seeking additional licenses
  • How to make sure you’re at the top of the list with the hiring manager for your next travel job assignment
  • Licensure time frames, what states take the longest, and why delays may occur
  • Staying organized and on top of your various state licenses
  • Being proactive and efficient with continuing education

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