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Mandy Hileman of FocusOne Solutions joins Sunny and Matt on Cardium podcast to talk about the travel nursing and allied health job markets in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and when we will return to normal.

The Pandemic Job Market: When Do We Get Back to “Normal”?

August 20, 2020

GUEST: Mandy Hileman

Mandy Hileman has 16 years of experience in the healthcare staffing industry and has served in the role of Director of Operations with FocusOne Solutions, a managed services provider, for the past 6 years. Mandy started her career in 2004 as an account manager with Focus One’s sister company, Aureus Medical Group in its nursing division. In her current role, she’s responsible for oversight of all aspects of service delivery for hospitals and medical facilities nationwide. Her in-depth industry knowledge, outside the box problem solving, and strategic thought process help clients achieve their strategic goals and ultimately assist healthcare professionals in reaching their career aspirations.

The travel nursing and allied health job markets have experienced shifts in all sorts of directions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Just when will we return to “normal”? Or is this the “new normal?” Mandy Hileman with managed services provider FocusOne Solutions joins Sunny and Matt for a roundtable discussion about where we’ve come from, what we’re seeing now, and what hospitals are saying is on the horizon.

During the episode, we cover:

  • The national perspective of travel healthcare jobs
  • What is “normal” and is going back to the way it was realistic?
  • How does “normal” different between types of facilities?
  • What role do travel healthcare jobs play in the pandemic?
  • Where do hospitals need to flex? What about candidates?
  • What specialties are in the greatest need right now, nursing and allied health fields?
  • Where are some of the increases in job opportunities in travel nursing and allied health travel positions?
  • What are hospitals saying they need, want, and foresee?
  • How the pandemic and requirements because of it impact start dates (assessments, PPE fitting, COVID tests, etc.)
  • Prepping for an assignment in pandemic times.
  • Being at the top of your game.
  • What questions to ask the facility pre-assignment and upon arrival?
  • When do healthcare facilities say we will see “normal” again?

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