Q: What happens if my contract gets cancelled?
A: Albeit a very rare occasion, contracts being cancelled is something that can happen in travel healthcare.
We try to avoid it as much as possible by working with facilities that we know, trust, and with which we have direct communication! Many of these types of contracts generally will not cancel early.
There can be a variety of reasons a facility decides to cancel a contract. They could have found a full time employee and no longer need a traveler. They may have found a way to use their current employees to get proper coverage instead of using a traveler. Whatever the reason, there is a process in place.
That said, know that most travel contracts will feature some sort of cancellation clause. Typically the facility will have to provide 30 days notice to the traveler if they decide to cancel the assignment. It is put in place to give the traveler time to figure out other arrangements. It’s also worth noting that the traveler typically will have to give 2 weeks notice to cancel the contract on their end.
Once notice has been given, your travel company should spring into action and find a new position for you. Typically, our strategy is to try to find something close to your current location first so that you can potentially keep housing. If nothing pops up in the area within a week or so, we’ll expand the search.
While finding a back up job in the original location isn’t guaranteed, your recruiter should have your back and help you find a new position!
Unfortunately, contract cancellation is part of the travel life, but it is rare and doesn’t happen to everyone! Isn’t nice to know there is a process in place if it should happen?
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