Some nurses actually schedule their vacations around another facility's go live schedule.
I first started by setting up my resume on Find Jobs. Build a Better Career. Find Your Calling. | Monster.com
, in 2009, and received my first travel assignment at that time and have not stopped since then. I work when I want. If I want to work spring, summer and fall, then take the winter off in Florida, I do.
I then set up an account on www.linkedin.com
. There is a free account and another type with a monthly fee. I still use the free acct.
On linked in, you can state in your profile that you are looking specifically for go lives and when you are available. When you post your resume, be sure to state your Epic or other EMR experience and what versions you have used, as well as medical background. The consulting firms do a search with keywords that will pop your resume to them.
The only problem is that the field is so very over-saturated right now. How that happened is, with a lot of the larger medical centers going to Epic or another EMR, they take internal employees, train them as credentialed trainers in the specific areas, keeping them as analysts during the duration of the implementation. Once the implementation is complete, these internal employees do not want to return to their normal units. They do what I described above, and enter the world of consulting. What this has done to those of us who have been doing it for awhile, is lower the rates that our experience demands a higher rate for, making it unbelievably difficult to find projects that the facility is willing to pay us our worth.
The ultimate goal for any consultant is to get certified in an Epic module. Some of the more elite consulting firms have a partnership with Epic and could send their consultants for certification. That is no longer the case. Epic has made it more difficult for the seasoned consultant to obtain certification due to the demand from everyone jumping on the bandwagon.
My last assignment, I was told that she received resumes from people from South Africa, with no consulting experience, whose only job listed was that of diamond dust consultants. She said she had at least half a dozen of these. She actually checked their Linked In and Facebook accounts to research the applicants to determine who was genuine and who was just looking for a fast buck.
Some of the more reputable consulting firms, and this is by no means the entire list, just the ones I have either worked with or have heard good things about, are: Virtelligence, Inc, based in MN; Santa Rosa Consulting; HCTec Partners; CSI Companies; Brookmeade; Apex Systems, among many, many others. You need to be diligent is your research of firms that approach your for an assignment.
I hope I answered some of your questions. Good luck.