Presentations for TravCon 2018 are being finalized and updated continuously:


KEYNOTE: "A Funny Thing Happened on my Way Through the Jungle": Jeff Solheim, MSN, RN-BC, CEN, CFRN, FAEN
Jeff Solheim has been Executive Director of a not-for-profit medical organization for 20 years allowing him to travel with medical teams to some of the most desolate areas of the world. In this very visual and emotional presentation, Jeff takes participants on a trip around the world, sharing life-lessons learned from nearly every corner of the earth. Entertaining, eye-opening and engaging, our Key Note presentation is not one to miss.
Alternatives to Negotiating - Understanding Business Models: Keith Kappell & Panel

Travelers are not all the same, and neither are agencies. This expert panel will discuss the various business models used by staffing firms, and explain the differences so you can find one that best fits your needs and goals. Learn what details to ask and look for, in an agency that you want to work with.

All Things Housing: Michael Schlottman & Panel

Options for those who wish to find their own housing while on assignment. Get your questions answered for those who travel with pets or family, or those who just want resources on where to find the perfect landing pad for your next assignment.

Allied Traveler Transformation 2.0 - Shane Young & Natalie Serra

Become a better traveler as Shane and Natalie take you on a behind-the-scenes tour of the candidate preferences that facilities are looking for and how to build "Traveler Equity".

Becoming a Sleuth to Detect Cognitive Difficulties: Robyn Otty, OTD, MEd

Executive functioning (EF) deficits can be difficult to detect. While individuals with EF issues may possess the physical capacity to take care of themselves, they often falter when given more complex activities that require multiple steps and exhibit limited or inefficient strategy use. Through this session, you will have the opportunity to present performance-based tasks to clients in order to further understand their cognitive deficits.

Behind the Curtain: Chris Coates

Gain essential travel company insight that will guide your professional and ethical response to adverse events on assignment.

CEO Panel on the Healthcare Industry with Q&A

A panel of industry leaders present their take on the state of healthcare travel, recent political trends & health legislation that affect healthcare travelers, and their projections for the future. Learn from the decision makers. Hear about industry trends and agency practices from these top agency CEOs. There will be a no-holds-barred question and answer opportunity.

Communication Styles: Landon Graham James, RN, BSN, MA, CEN, PCP

Every traveler, at least occasionally, experiences some feelings of isolation and uncertainty about how to effectively integrate themselves into the full-time staff.  James will get the audience out of their chairs and present the communication styles that drive our interactions with our patients and with each other.  Many adopt inappropriate or ineffective communication styles which limits acceptance from the staff. Learn some powerful techniques for mastering the art for being the new kid that everybody enjoys working with.

Creating Freedom - Your Own Training Center: Linnea Stonebraker, RN, PhD

Learn how to open an AHA Training Site to generate another income stream. It is neither expensive nor difficult to start one. Linnea founded National Institute for Healthcare Education, a national AHA Training Center in 2003 and is an ACLS, PALS, BLS, and NRP Instructor. She has a thriving business and is willing to share her secrets.

Destination Guam: Melanie Theriac RN & Joanie Reneer RN, BSN

Melanie and Joanie will present a first-hand report about healthcare in Guam, a territory of the United States in Micronesia in the western Pacific Ocean. Guam is an increasingly popular destination for travelers, but with the culture and challenges of such a remote location, you'll want to hear about it from the destination experts Melanie & Joanie.

Disaster Staffing: Cathy Vollmer, RN, BSN, CSP & Brian Cleary, BSN
Every year disaster strikes in the form of hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornados, etc. When disasters occur, a team of travel healthcare providers responds. Would you like to be one of them? This presentation will cover:
How disaster staffing differs from typical travel or contract assignments
 The scope of your role during disaster staffing assignments, including the impact to your license relative to your eligibility
Planning, preparation & communication before and during assignment
Rewarding assignment – So much more than a paycheck!
How YOU can get involved
Essentials for Traveling as a Therapist: Julia Kuhn, MS CCC-SLP

This session is designed for physical, occupational and speech-language pathologists to learn more about the special considerations to travel as a therapist. Topics addressed will include experience needed, facilities types, caseload expectations and ethical considerations.

EKG Interpretation: Tracey Long, RN, PhD, MS, MSN

Need to brush up on ECG interpretation or add a new skill-set to your resume? Turns out those squiggly lines actually mean something! Tracey has a lot of titles following her name, but the one she is most proud of is RN. She is a master at delivering complex information in an easy to digest and entertaining style.

How to Interview Companies & Recruiters to find the Perfect Fit: Laura Latimer

Uncertain on how to pick between the HUNDREDS of companies out there? Come learn the EXACT questions to ask on your initial interview with a company and what makes companies different from each other. Whether you are brand new or already on your adventures, this talk will help you feel confident that you are with the right company (or three!) for YOU!

Intermediate Spanish for All Healthcare Travelers: Tracey Long, RN, PhD, MS, MSN

This is a follow-up for those who took the Basic Spanish Intensive on Sunday and are looking to grow their Spanish-speaking skills a little more. Those who already have a basic level of Spanish are welcome to join for this 2-hour session that will work on your conversational Spanish skills.

Leave Your Ego at the Door & Rock Your First Day: Kim Gipson RDMS/RVT & Erran Gipson RTR

Description: A healthcare traveler's likelihood of successfully completing a contract can be either supported or undermined based upon what kind of impression we make on the first day and throughout the assignment.

Marriage/Dating while Traveling: What am I Doing Wrong? Scott Martindale, LPC

A licensed professional counselor will outline challenges unique to healthcare travelers regarding personal relationships while traveling. Knowing you're not alone can make all the difference, and being able to share your experiences with those who understand your challenges.....priceless!

Moment of Impact - Case Studies of Trauma: Jeff Solheim, MSN, RN-BC, CEN, CFRN, FAEN

Analysis of video recordings of actual trauma events with a review of the mechanism of injury and discussion regarding the implications for healthcare workers treating patients with similar injuries. This presentation covers issues for not only RN's, but all specialties that care for trauma patients both acute and long-term.

Noah's Ark Gone Bad - Animal Bites: Jeff Solheim, MSN, RN-BC, CEN, CFRN, FAEN

This session covers bite wounds including dog bites, cat bites, farm animal bites, wild animal bites, rabies, human bites and tick-borne illnesses. Valuable information for both in-hospital, and out-of-hospital care for both nursing and allied professions.

Partnerships Beyond Pay - The Value of Your Relationship with an Agency: Shari Dalton, Founder & CEO

In this session, travelers will learn the advantages and disadvantages of longevity with an agency.  When you’re out on your own on assignment, you want to know what your company can do when things don’t go as planned. Learn to evaluate what is important to you, and what to look for when choosing an agency. 

Pass the PBDS: Melissa Knybel RN, BSN

The PBDS competency test for RN’s is used by more than 500 hospitals. The prospect of being cancelled before you start because you fail this test provokes significant anxiety among travelers. The test is not hard, but it is unusual. Being prepared and educated about the PBDS methodology will significantly improved your confidence and ability to pass.

RV Housing for Healthcare Travelers - Dan Sees, RV Expert
Getting tired of packing and moving every 13 weeks? Many travelers have decided to NEVER PACK AGAIN. Traveling in an RV is not for everyone, but it’s a wonderful choice for some. If you’ve ever considered it, this presentation is a must. Dan is a true expert with approximately 20 years’ experience researching and maintaining RV’s, and 9 years supporting Nurse Traveler and wife Kim while living in a motorhome.
Stepping Up Your Bedside Manner - An Experiential Look at Emotional Intelligence: Gary Swyers

Emotional intelligence is just as important as mastery of your clinical skill set for success as a healthcare traveler. Learn how this critical factor sets top performers apart from the rest of the pack. Don't let yourself get burned out - master the skills to help you stay fresh and engaged for years to come.

Storming - Overcoming Conflict on Assignment: Earl Dalton, MHA, MSL, BSN, NEA-BC

Earl defines and develops the stages of team formation (forming, storming, norming etc.) and focuses on the emergence of the “Storming” phase and strategies and tactics we can use to minimize the damage of that stage. He will further develop the traits of how each generation handles conflict differently.

Tactical Financial Planning: Joseph Reinke, CFA

If you’re like many travelers, you’ve neglected your own retirement planning. This expert presentation will give you the tools necessary to make the best choices when playing “catch up” with your retirement plans. Joseph turns a complicated problem into simple steps toward financial security for healthcare travelers.

Traveler Safety & Self Defense: Jeff Lee & Angel Wells

Violence is escalating in society, and it is increasingly recognized that caregivers in the healthcare setting are at risk. Jeff & Angel work to provide comprehensive solutions to individuals who are faced with the threat to physical property and individuals.  Learn some basic self-defense techniques from expert instructors that healthcare workers can use.

Traveling with Firearms: Legal and Practical Aspects: Greg Luther

It's an individual decision to travel with firearms. This presentation will reveal the legal and practical aspects when traveling interstate with firearms. Don't get caught unaware - be prepared and learn from someone who with experience.

Trends in Healthcare Travel - Wendi Dusseault (Natho President)
Traveling with Pets: Belinda & Greg Luther

Taking our beloved pets with us on the road presents many unique challenges. For several years now at TravCon, Greg and Belinda have been expertly presenting the facts and answering every question travelers might have on the subject!

When Your Contract gets Cancelled: Kay Slane RN, BS

The industry average for healthcare travel contracts that end prematurely is 10%. If you travel long enough, odds are good that you will encounter a cancellation. Learn what you can do to reduce your chance of being cancelled, and how to minimize the disruption to your life.

Where does the Money Go? Bill Rate Breakdown: Chris Coates

Where does all the money go?  Learn what every company must pay out of the bill rate before your receive your hard-earned dollars. Chris helps you understand how your decisions can affect your paycheck, giving you more leverage in your negotiations.

Who in the World Needs Me? What to know about Medical Missions: Tracey Long, RN, PhD, MS, MSN

International Service Learning’s medical teams provide medical care and public health education in partnership with local community agencies. From urban centers to small towns and villages in remote areas, their medical teams work in field clinics assessing patient needs and treating acute conditions. Volunteers have the opportunity to provide valuable services in developing communities, while increasing their own cultural competency skills.

Why Didn't They Pick Me? Shaunna Nastasi

In this eye-opening presentation, learn what a facility will ask you, how they are assessing more than just your answers and what you should NEVER disclose to them.  Also, discover things you might be inadvertently doing that cause a facility to pass on you right away as well as tips and tricks for ensuring you come off as the most professional candidate for their needs.

Work & Negotiate with Two Different Companies: Laura Latimer, OT

A good, trusting relationship with your recruiter is crucial. Travelers often feel awkward and uncertain when negotiating with more than one recruiter working for different agencies. Laura will teach you how to gracefully negotiate with multiple recruiters to help find the best possible assignment, while maintaining trust and high ethical standards among all the participants.

Taxes for Travelers:


Tax Homes for theHealthcare Traveler: Joseph Smith, RRT/EA/MTax

Oh yes, the Tax Home never fails to be the most important, yet least understood concept for the Healthcare Traveler. Learn how to keep it (legally) and how it is different from a permanent address.

2018 Tax Reform & Independent Contracting: Joseph Smith, RRT/EA/MTax

One of the most significant changes to the tax code is the more favorable treatment of self-employed, independent contractors. We will explore how this is different from an employment contract, the extra paperwork involved, and the worker classification hurdles that one must clear. Incorporation basics will be discussed.

Multi-State & International Taxes: Joseph Smith, RRT/EA/MTax

The most difficult part of your tax filings might not be the IRS, but all the states you journey through. See how states tax your income and use your tax data to validate your practice license. Coming from another country to work temporarily in the US? Working in another country or a US Territory? There is a lot more to your filing than meets the eye.

Understanding Per Diem Reimbursements: Joseph Smith, RRT/EA/MTax

What is the different between a stipend and a per diem? Why are they called reimbursements? How has Tax Reform affected these payments? What documentation is required? Important points to understand for traveling as a healthcare professional.