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Travel Nurse Across America LLC is not just for nurses anymore.
In the last year, the North Little Rock company expanded its services to place allied health professionals, such as physical, speech and occupational therapists, in facilities nationwide.
Founded in 1999, the North Little Rock company had focused primarily on placing traveling nurses in acute care facilities in all 50 states for typically 13-week assignments.
But other agencies started offering medical providers staffing services for allied workers, “so that was something we looked at and decided that we were capable of taking that on,” said Noressa Kennedy Hinkler, the company’s director of marketing and communications.
TNAA has between 3,500 and 4,000 contract health care workers in facilities, which places it in the top 10 of the largest health care staffing agencies, she said. It has 574 corporate employees.
Kennedy Hinkler declined to release revenue figures, but said the company’s revenue was expected to jump about 60% in 2022 over 2021’s figures.
“Now that we’ve added on allied in the health care traveling industry, we’re hoping that the growth that we’ve seen in the last two years continues,” she said.
TNAA’s expansion also was fueled in 2017, when it bought Trinity Healthcare Staffing Group of Florence, South Carolina. That purchase included SimpliFi, which provides staffing services to hospitals.
It’s been a challenging time for health care workers. Before the pandemic, there was a nursing shortage. During COVID, TNAA “saw a major increase in the needs” of hospitals for nurses, said Kennedy Hinkler. “We’ve been able to grow our business and meet those needs.”
TNAA has partnered with Corporate Chaplains of America of Wake Forest, North Carolina, and First Stop Health of Chicago to provide TNAA travelers with mental wellness benefits.
In the last year, TNAA partnered with One Tree Planted, a nonprofit that supports reforestation projects, and will plant a tree for every employee and traveler, which is more than 4,000 trees across national forests in 43 states.
Kennedy Hinkler said the company has been successful because “when you have leadership that is truly invested in the company’s mission, that trickles down all the way to the employees and the health care workers that we’re staffing.”