Sept 9-11th at Bally's, Las Vegas
The Conference For, About & By Healthcare Travelers
Community -- Knowledge -- Inspiration
Jeff Solheim, MSN RN CEN CFRN
Trials and tribulations of working in 3rd World Countries
Jeff is an exciting and engaging speaker who brings his wisdom to the stage with humor that will have you laughing in your seat. He is the President of the Emergency Nursing organization ENA.
Jeff's career in emergency nursing includes experience as a staff nurse, charge nurse, manager, director, educator, trauma coordinator, flight nurse and state surveyor. He founded Solheim Enterprises, which provides nursing education, educational resources and consulting services.
Jeff is also the Founder and Director of a humanitarian medical organization Project Helping Hands which deploys medical teams around the world to provide care to tens of thousands of people every year.
What is TravCon™? (The Travelers Conference)
TravCon is the only conference that is dedicated to the Traveling Healthcare Professional. It provides the opportunity to network with other travelers and top industry insiders. You can earn CEU's for classes specific to the industry, connect with other travelers, and meet staffing agencies in a relaxed, low-pressure setting. Many of the sessions will share strategies, tips and suggestions on how to approach the unique challenges healthcare travelers face. The Exhibit Hall has over 75 exhibitors - many of them staffing agencies with open positions to fill. You'll come away from this conference with a whole new set of skills on how to manage your traveling career.
Who Attends TravCon™?
TravCon is attended by RN's, LPN's, NP's, PA's, and Allied Healthcare Professionals including RT's OT's, PT's, SLP's, Sonographers, & Technicians. It is also very popular with "Dreamers" - those in the medical field who are exploring the idea of taking their profession on the road. Some attendees bring their traveling partner or spouse as they are frequently part of the 'traveling team'.
2017's TravCon Recap Video
Travelers Education Group (TEG) is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization that manages the Travelers Conference in conjunction with the PanTravelers Association. It is the product of individual volunteers and the staff of several different businesses who sacrifice significant time to make the event a success.
TEG Board Members:
Joseph Smith, TravelTax (former traveler)
Phil Light, PanTraveler Assoc (current traveler)
Kay Slane, Highway Hypodermics (current traveler)
Cynthia Kinnas, Independent Consultant
Michelle Freitag, TGMF Consulting (former traveler)
Your TravCon Organizing Team:
Michelle Freitag & Thomas Gilhooly - TGMF Services
Event Co-ordinator, Website Design & Management
Former Traveler (RN) & Traveling Spouse
Cynthia Kinnas - Independent Consultant
Former President of NATHO and former President of Randstad Healthcare
Exhibitor Management & Liaison
Laura Latimer - Nomadicare.com
Allied Health Consultant
Current Traveler (OT)
Year 1 - Sept 2008:
One dedicated travel RN and a few volunteers from the Delphi Travel Nurses & Therapist Forum launched the first conference for 125 travelers at the Alexis Resort in Las Vegas.
Year 2 - Sept 2009:
Despite the best of plans, the 2009 conference was nearly a disaster. The huge recession took a toll on the conference which ended up being a much smaller "meet and greet" type event.
Year 3 - Sept 2010:
Another small Meet & Greet - thanks again to Joseph and Daina Smith of TravelTax.
Year 4 - Sept 2011:
With the economy and the industry on the rebound, a larger event was held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Over 75 travelers in attendance.
Year 5 - Oct 2012:
With 200 travelers and 16 Travel Staffing Exhibitors, TravCon was coming back strong, hosted at the Aria Resort.
Year 6 - Oct 2013:
Over 300 attendees and 30 exhibitors turned the little meet-and-greet into an event far greater than it's committee ever expected.
Year 7 - Sept 2014:
400 attendees converged on the Flamingo Hotel with the first Key Note Speaker Dr. Zubin Damania (ZDogg) topping it off. Newbie BootCamp was born for those just starting out in their travel careers. Annual BLS, ACLS & PALS recerts began.
Year 8 - Sept 2015:
2015 saw TravCon at the Rio All Suites Hotel with over 600 travelers. The Afterparty was at the Moonbar on top of the Palms Hotel - amazing wrap-up to the conference. Spanish Intensives were introduced.
Year 9 - Sept 2016:
Over 900 travelers made the trek to Planet Hollywood. The illustrious Laura Gasparis was the Key Note Speaker and TravCon launched its' first Conference App.
Year 10 - Sept 2017
1250 travelers made our 10th Annual TravCon at Bally's Hotel the most amazing event to date. More Allied Health Travelers attended than ever before, and ZDogg joined in for a live feed & closing presentation - off the hook!