Wolf at the Door, BSN, RN Pro 7,896 Views
Joined Jan 29, '12.
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Stay Put unless you can't get out of bed to go to work because you hate it that much.
It's more than likely to happen. Passed the House and Senate. Just need one last signature.
The VA has it own travel nurse division. However due to impending hiring freeze they are looking for nurses for 26-52 week contracts. I have seen positions for Fairfield, CA, New Orleans, LA and Albany, NY. Many others will do the same.
Darn good rates for New Orleans ICU 117k yr & Med surg 98kyr are you kidding me.
52 Week VA Hospital Contracts! Any State RN license accepted. I Med/Surg, ICU and OR Needs for Albany, New York and New Orleans, Louisiana!
***Prior government work/security clearance a huge plus, along with BSN or MSN and over 5 years of RN experience!***
Albany, New York. 8 MedSurg Nights needed for Sept 10th!
$2100/weekly gross pay for 36 hours
$1200/week in stipends
New Orleans. 4 OR Days and 2 ICU Nights needed for 9/18 (OR) and 10/1 (ICU).
$2460/weekly gross pay for 40 hours
$2236/weekly gross pay for 36 hours
$1720.00 weekly gross
$1000.00 weekly non-taxable stipend
$47.78 combined hourly
$2128.00 weekly gross
$1300.00 weekly non-taxable stipend
$59.11 combined hourly
How much is your travel stipend? time is money to me. From Florida to California is 4-5 days safely of gas, lodging, and food. Traffic and detours. Flights are cheap from that state to California.
I suggest packing your vehicle 3-4 weeks prior with what you imagine you will need for your assignment/s and attempt to use what only you pack....This will either greatly reduce what you think you need or you might even add or swap items out.
Don't end up like this couple. It's as if they are relocating for a perm move.
Things we never talk about Licensing.
It is ideal to let the agency reimburse you for fees. Licensing can be very expensive especially for those not in compact states. If you get licenses on your own you may find some agencies reimburse you for fees if you have never worked in that state.
For those reading this that want to travel to CA, get that license LAST. Some states want all verifications of every license you own. If you have a CA license that means you pay $100 bucks each time that verification is needed and it takes 6-8 weeks for them to send it to that state.
EX. Your license by exam in FL and endorsed in California. Now you want to apply for a NY license. Well NY requires ALL state verifications. You pay nursys 30 bucks. You send a snail mail request to CA for $100 and then you watch paint dry.
EX. Your license by exam in FL and endorsed in CA. Now you want to apply for WA license. Well they only want where you were licensed by exam which is FL...No CA verification required.
Apply for where you want to go at the same time if possible. Yes, it takes money DUH!
EX If you hold a FL license and apply for endorsement to CA, MN, NC, HI, AK, PA all for the first time...Send the paperwork off around the same time. PA will give you a temp license in 2-3 business days. Temp license do not count as something that needs to be verified. If you got PA temp license Monday and apply for Illinois Friday, you can only send verification for FL. You can still apply for other states and only have to get FL verified if none of the others have issued you a perm license.
Check out some other tips.
Tip one: There is no perfect company. There is better and worse.
Tip two: A lot of your experience depends on the recruiter. If you sign up with recruiter A and there is disconnect between you two, then you can be switched to recruiter B. Usually just takes an email or phone call to their manager. Keep it short as the reason for the switch. MOVE ON, if they will not meet your request.
Tip three: Sign up with 4 agencies minimal. That means have active profiles ready to go. If you get canceled or terminated you have three other agencies that can possibly cook up something for you quick.
Big question: What companies should I look into? Depends if you want to fatten the pockets of investors or mom and pops, lol Seriously...
*Bigger companies are going to have more volume and desirable locations. You know them they invest highly in advertising...Cross Country, Aya and American Mobile. These companies are the main vendor for many hospitals. That means other agencies have to pay them a small percentage. A nurse can work directly with these large companies. Working directly does not mean the RN will get more money. Bigger companies have many different departments you have to deal with.
*Rapid response companies like Faststaff and Healthsource Global are going to be limited locations and not as desirable. Taxable hourly is a high rate and the two listed will provide housing. Blue Force and Cru 48 will seldom provide housing.
(Rapid Response means a nurse can start in 1-2 weeks. Critical emergent needs of the hospital.)
*Smaller agencies might be limited to just 1-2 states but, they have less overhead cost. Less overhead means more money for the RN..
**Ask some of the mid size or smaller agencies do they have direct contracts through the hospital. This usually means more money for you the RN.
For those who have traveled please chime in why you work with XZY company.
Since the contract is local, do the contract and work ICU prn. Ask about doing ICU on a contract at that hospital. CRNA programs do want a recent 1 year or experience. Remember travelers do not get sick patients.
See page five of the thread. Then look at links I provided.
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