Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
for Magnet Medical Travelers
To Our Valued Travelers,
First and foremost, we want to thank all of you who are working hard to make sure patients are cared for during this time. Without healthcare professionals like you, organizations would be struggling to meet the demand that has exponentially increased across the country. You are more important than ever, and we cannot tell you enough how much we appreciate your dedication and service.
Our leadership team is actively monitoring for information and recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO) as well as the CDC related to the outbreak of COVID-19. We know these are uncertain times, which can create stress and fear. We are committed to upholding our traveler community and want you to know you have our absolute support. That is why we want to assure you that if you are exposed to COVID-19 while working on assignment with Magnet Medical and are placed on facility mandated quarantine, we will pay your guaranteed hourly wages as well as your meals and lodging stipends while you are away from home for up to 14 days, if needed. We work hard to provide an amazing traveler experience and want to ensure that this is not an added stressor for you.
We encourage you when you are not working, to honor the social distancing, and get plenty of rest. In addition to easing your financial concerns, we would like to provide you with as much information as possible, so you are able to make informed decisions and do your best to stay well. We will be posting resources on the website in the next 24-48 hours that you can access for the latest information from the CDC and the WHO.
We also recognize that nationally PPE concerns are starting to rise. The CDC has provided guidelines to organizations on what to use and how to ensure PPE is utilized for only the highest risk scenarios. Each organization is creating a plan for their facility regarding how they are going to address this issue. Continue to remain in close contact with your facility manager for more information on their internal response and recommendations.
Finally, we want to introduce you to the team that is working with your recruitment team and is monitoring COVID 19 activity and response. First is David Young, CEO of Cadre Medical Technologies (CMT). CMT is Magnet Medical’s parent company. David is working with Amy Funderburk, COO and Chief Nursing Officer. Amy also serves as the nurse liaison to Magnet Medical. Additionally, Eric Brown, MD, practicing ED physician and CMO for CMT, and Andrea Shulz, CFO for Magnet Medical are part of our advisory team. We are here for you. Never hesitate to reach out to your recruiter. They are just a call or email away. Thank you again for your hard work and dedication.
The Magnet Medical Team
I have traveled internationally or in high-risk areas in the past 30 days. Can I still work my assignment?
You will be required to fill out a screening questionnaire prior to your assignment start. We will review your history, discuss your circumstances with the hiring facility, and provide further guidance. If you visited one of the high-risk locations, you will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days and if necessary, we will delay your start date.
What is this screening questionnaire that I have been requested to fill out?
The screening questionnaire is being required for all travelers starting an assignment on or after March 16. It is due prior to your start date. This helps ensure you can start your assignment as planned and allows us to provide accurate information to the healthcare facility. Please note that if anything changes from your original screening questionnaire before you start your assignment, you will need to notify us of those changes.
Should I avoid international travel before my next assignment?
You should avoid high-risk locations. Some healthcare facilities are delaying start dates for any travel outside of the United States or within other high-risk areas within the 30 days prior to a start date. The CDC is currently recommending deferring all cruise ship travel worldwide, especially for those with underlying health issues.
Do I need to get tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) prior to starting my assignment?
No, unless you are showing symptoms, or the facility requires testing.
What if I am uncomfortable flying right now?
We understand and will not require you to fly. However, airlines are taking precautions to make it safe (here are the plans in place with Delta, American, and United). If you prefer, we can discuss securing a rental car to get you to your assignment location.
How do I protect myself while on assignment?
Most healthcare facilities have safety protocols that you are encouraged to follow. Please ask for these at the start of your assignment. There are also many resources on the CDC website, including this document about how to protect yourself, and these frequently asked questions.
What if I get to my assignment and am put into quarantine or become infected? Will I get paid and will my accommodations be covered?
If you unfortunately become quarantined or infected while on assignment, Magnet Medical will pay you during these 14 days.
Who do I call if I have additional questions about my assignment or my travel?
Should you have concerns about your assignment or how the facility is handling coronavirus (COVID-19), please contact your consultant or recruiter. They will be your main contact prior to or during assignments.