Quote from Dolce
As an agency nurse I can tell you for a fact that we do get canceled, and frequently! Most travel companies I have been in contact with have contracts with the hospitals and travelers that ensure at least 40 hours/week. Hospitals pay BIG BUCKS for travels and do not call them off. In fact, many travelers work 48-60 hours/week. I met a traveler a couple years ago who was doing a 13 week assignment at my hospital. She told me in the 10+ years she had been traveling she had never made less than 100K/year. That is a lot more than I make as an agency nurse any day. I say if you are itching for an adventure you should go for it!
I was really referring to doing a local contract with an agency rather than the per diem type of work through them. You get a 13 week contract at a pay rate higher than a travel nurse because the agency does not have to pay for travel and housing.
I have worked staff, travel, per diem agency and local contract. By far, the best pay is local contract &, since it is a contract just like a traveler's, I also get guaranteed hours. BTW, not all contracts (local or travel) guarantee hours, so you will find a LOT of call-offs for travelers that do not have guaranteed hours. Also, since the hospital pays the most for a traveler, they are the first to get a cancelled contract.
Yes, a traveler can make 100K a year if they take a housing stipend instead of having the company provide it & work insane hours. I, too, easily can make that doing a local contracts with guaranteed hours and supplement it with per diem.
Just curious, how much per hour is your agency paying you & is it per diem/prn? Right now I am doing a local contract, days, no weekends, guaranteed hours & make $45.00/hour? Highest I made with travel (not counting the housing allowance) was $35.00/hour.