Interim FAQ

Discover Why Year-After-Year, Contractors Use Galileo Exclusively

Galileo works along-side each Contractor to help them achieve their career goals and financial objectives; while they maintain professional independence. We believe in providing superb customer service and support, before, during and after each assignment. 

Whether you are a seasoned Interim or just considering contract work, we are committed to ensuring you are well informed. Browse our FAQs and if you still have questions, give us a call. Our staff are always happy to answer your questions and explain our process.

Q. How do I begin the process of becoming a contractor with Galileo Search?

A. First, you will need to forward a copy of your most current resume for our confidential review. We suggest that you complete the Contractor Registry form located on our website at There is no obligation for completing this form; it will simply give us a better idea of your experience and availability. Once we have your information we will follow up with you. Prior to your being presented to our clients for interim assignments, we require completion of professional reference checks, education, licensure and certification verifications, OIG check and copies of current vaccinations/immunizations. Our vetting process typically takes 3-5 business days to complete. Upon approval, you will be added to our national registry of pre-qualified interim professionals and will receive email updates and periodic phone calls about available assignments. You are not under any obligation to take a particular assignment. We simply present the information for your review and consideration. Should you have a successful phone interview with a client hospital and one of our clients decides to retain your services, we will then conduct whatever pre-screenings are required such as a drug test (at a facility local to you) and/or criminal records check. Other documentation may also be required by the individual client hospital. As long as you do not go over one year between working on an assignment for us, you will not need to undergo another drug test or criminal records check prior to starting new assignment(s).

Q. How often do assignments become available?

A.  Assignments are sporadic and there are no guarantees that they will be available back-to-back. While we work diligently to keep our team of interim professionals busy all year, there will always be downtime that can range anywhere from weeks to months between assignments. That said, we have had contractors on non-stop assignments year-after-year. Your personal experience will depend on your individual credentials and flexibility to travel anywhere in the United States on an as-needed basis. Restrictions on your availability and/or added geographical limitations will reduce the number of assignments available to you. If you need predictable employment/income and if uninterrupted healthcare benefits are critical to you, contracting may not be a wise choice at this time. Contracting makes the most sense for those individuals who have made the commitment to be a career contractor, are retired, semi-retired, or between jobs. There are numerous contract professionals that successfully rely on Galileo Search to keep them on assignments year round, year-after-year.

Q. How long do contract assignments typically last?

A. The length of assignments will vary greatly based on the individual needs of the client hospital and the type of assignment. By type of assignment we mean the role you will be playing and the reason you are onsite (maternity leave, filling in until a permanent hire is found, specific project-based work, etc.) The length of assignments typically range from one to three months; however, they can be extended to six months or longer. Prior to your accepting an assignment, we will have an open dialogue with both you and the employer regarding the expected term of the assignment. It is critical that mutual expectations are well defined prior to the formal acceptance of any assignment.

Q. Am I obligated to remain on an assignment should the client hospital want to extend it beyond the original term?

A. No. While it is typical for an assignment to be extended, you will have the option of staying on or concluding the assignment on the originally established date. We would simply replace you with another one of our qualified contractors. Our contractors work on an employment-at-will basis, meaning that either party can terminate the assignment with notice. We remind contractors that leaving assignments early without viable cause can reflect negatively on their status as professional contractors and adversely affect their being awarded future assignments.

Q. How much do I get paid; how is it determined?

A. Galileo Search assignments pay a competitive hourly rate (one of the best in the industry) based on education, certifications, licensure, and level of professional experience. An hourly rate is also based upon the role and type of assignment (i.e., project leader, sole practitioner, team member, coordinator, manager, director, etc). Hospital size and geographic considerations are also factors. We address each assignment individually and work to align the client hospital with a contractor who best fits its unique clinical and financial requirements. We work closely with our contractors to determine a competitive rate for each assignment. Our team is highly adept at determining / negotiating hourly pay rates. All contractors are on an employee status with the required tax deductions withheld; contractors will receive a W-2 at the end of each year. We do not engage the services of 1099 contractors. State tax rates are calculated according to the individual state in which a contractor is working on an assignment, and the relationship those states have with the contractors tax home. If you are a new contractor you will receive your first paycheck within two weeks from the day you begin your first assignment and then every week thereafter. You also have the option of direct deposit so your paycheck is available to you from any location. In addition, you do not need to purchase special business liability insurance or acquire a business license to be a Galileo Search contractor.

Q. Do I get paid while traveling to and from an assignment?

A. Our interims are not paid when traveling to or from an assignment. Payment is made only for actual hours worked at the facility.

Q. How are lodging, flight and rental car expenses handled?

A. Our interims are paid a generous per diem in addition to their competitive hourly pay. The amount of per diem received is calculated on a five or seven day lodging period. The per diem can be used to select accommodations that best suit your individual tastes. This per diem also covers incidentals that may be needed during the assignment. We will reimburse for airfare and car rental if either or both are required for an assignment.

Q. Are healthcare benefits available?

A. Yes. Healthcare, dental, vision, life, AD&D and 401(k) benefits are optional. We outsource the management of our payroll services and benefits to our business partner, Top Echelon Contracting, LLC. Please visit the Benefits for Contract Staffing Employees ( for more details. The majority of benefits can be paid via pre-taxed payroll deductions. Please Note: Benefits are subject to change based upon vendor, supplier, and company requirements.

Q. What about RN licensure in different states?

A. RN licensure requirements vary from state to state and from facility to facility based upon the nature of the assignment. If RN licensure is required by a client hospital in a state in which a contractor is not licensed, most facilities will permit contractors to begin an assignment if they have formally filed for a temporary or permanent state license. If you live in or are licensed in a Compact State, the mutual recognition model of nurse licensure allows a nurse to both practice in his or her state of residence, as well as in other Compact States, subject to each state’s individual laws and regulations. Be prepared to get licensed in several states during your consulting career. Galileo Search will reimburse our contractors for the initial state licensure in any state where it is required by our client hospitals. We do not reimburse for renewals unless the contractor is on an active assignment and only when renewal comes due. We do not reimburse for licensure or renewals in a contractor’s home state. Please note, we do not reimburse for professional certifications or their renewals (e.g., CIC, CPHQ).

Q. How often can I return home if the assignment is not within driving distance?

A. If an assignment is not local or semi-local (drivable) to an interim’s home, flights to the client’s facility will be required. The majority of our interims who travel regularly by air request the option of returning home every 6 – 8 weeks. While some clients will be receptive to interims who wish to travel home every 1 – 2 weeks, for fiscal purposes they tend to lean towards those who stay longer between trips home.

Q. Do you have international contract assignments?

A. No. We provide interim staffing services across 49 states, excluding Hawaii. Galileo Search represents full-time direct-hire career opportunities across all 50 States.

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