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    We have 20 minutes from when one patient leaves the room, til the next one enters.

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    I was just wondering if some of you could give me some input on what your policies are for masks in the OR. We are required to wear masks at all times even if there is no case set up in that room, and even after hours when there are no surgeries taking place. From what I understand, this isn't the case at other hospitals. Anyone have any input?

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    I'm an OR nurse at a hospital in New Brunswick, Canada, and we do train new grads in the OR at our hospital. Sometimes we send them to Toronto for 6 weeks to do their OR training at George Brown College, and other times we just train them in our OR. I also did some travel nursing in the US, and RN's rarely scrub down there, but we scrub all the time in NB. They don't seem to use as many techs in Canada as they do in the US.

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    I too was a bit unsure of all this at first, but it is legit. If you were to not take the tax advantage, at the end of the year, lets say you show you made $60,000. You could then probably deduct $25000 for the expenses you incurred for housing, food, gas, mileage, etc., and you'd get a big chunk of money back. By taking the tax advantage, you can skip this step, and pretty much just break even. Just keep all of your receipts so that if you ever do get audited, you can prove that you did spend all that tax free money on what you were supposed to.

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    I'm just finishing an assignment right now in Margate, FL. It's a nice size city, not too busy, but only a short drive to Fort Lauderdale. Only 10-15 minutes to the ocean...lots of places to fish, golf, etc. I'm at Northwest Medical Center, a small to medium sized hospital. Might be a bit too hot for the summer though.

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    Hey Kait, I'm a nurse from Canada too, and have been traveling in the US for 6 months. I too, went through Cross Country to get my visa, but didn't end up traveling with them, there was something about them that I just didn't like. And don't feel like you owe them anything, because if you recall, you probably paid some sort of fee to get the visa specialist to do all that work for you. I just heard way too many bad things about that company, and I never really clicked with my recruiter. I ended up with a company called Medical Solutions....love them so much. Just remember that you have to look out for # 1, and don't worry about everyone else. And if you have a address in Canada that is your permanent home, then your housing should definitely be tax free, as well as food, gas, etc. Shop around for a good company, and just go with your gut feeling...you'll know when you find one that's a good match for you.

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    I accepted an OR travel assignment a few days ago, but am now having second thoughts. It's a level 1 trauma center, and I'm not sure if I really want to go there. I haven't signed a contract yet....any advice?

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    I just accepted an OR position at the Fairfax hospital in Falls Church, VA. Was wondering if anyone has had any experience, good or bad, with this facility, or has any advice regarding good/bad places to live in this area.

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    Check with Cross Country Trav Corps ot Travel Nurse Across America

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    I worked with Medical Solutions on my last assignment.....I loved them...excellent company to work for. Don't be thrown off by the low pay rate, I was making about that amount an hour, but my checks ended up being around $1200.00 per week after taxes. All the per diems that they pay make it pretty good in the end.

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    I'm an OR traveler, and am currently only on my 2nd assignment, but I'll tell you what I can. I don't know of any companies that specialize in OR, but most have quite a few OR assignments available. For my first assignment, I was with Medical Solutions. I loved them, they were excellent to work for, and my recruiter was awesome. I had to go to another company for this assignment because I wanted to go to Florida, and they don't have contracts in Florida, but I plan to go back to them next time.
    Don't worry about the fact that you don't scrub, most jobs are looking for RN's to circulate. Call varies with each facility. My last assignment, I did the same schedule as everyone else, but at this one I do no call and no weekends because it costs too much to pay a traveler. Just ask during the interview so you'll know up front. Also make sure you ask about floating to other areas...if you're like me, the thought of floating out of the OR is terrifying, so you'll want to find that out before you accept an assignment. I can't really answer you're questions on insurance, cause I'm still trying to figure all that out myself. Hope this all helps.

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    Regarding the PBDS, if you go to pantravelers.org, there's a link there that will give you a list of the hospitals that require you to do the test.

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    Hey, I'm working with Medical Solutions and love them. They pay well, they provide free private housing and pay all my utilities, including phone and cable which is rare. My recruiter is incredible, I can give you her name if you contact me, and they really go out of their way to keep their travelers happy. Look them up, you won't be disappointed.

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    I'm with Medical Solutions...they've been great. It's a smaller company, so they really go out of their way to do things for the people that work for them. They've even sent me a couple of gifts. Once, to welcome me to the company, and then again because they got good feedback about me from the hospital. The only bad thing I can say is that they don't always have as much of a selection of assignments as some of the larger companies, but I'd still recommend them.

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    Has anyone ever worked for or heard stories good or bad about a company called Nurses in Partnership? Just wanted to get a heads up on the company before I contact them.


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