nautical nurse 1,325 Views
Joined: Oct 3, '12;
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Nope. You really might benefit from that year of practice that most agencies require before traveling. Do you feel you could hit the ground running with one day's orientation? Get some experience, really. Lines, tubes, drugs, calling MD's, charting systems, MARS, you really want some good practice before filling in staffing shortages!
I just completed an orientation as a travel nurse in a large Atlanta hospital. Of the six other travel agency nurses there, 5 of them had over 5 agencies that they worked for. I was surprised as I've always traveled with just one or two at any given time. Pretty much they were all in agreement that their options for work were just so much more unlimited. Sounds like a good idea that can't hurt. You just have to be organized!
I'm headed back into travel nursing and have the same question. Before my last assignment, I took no less than 32 tests to start with one particular agency; they ranged from med-surg to maths to the required JCAHO required fire-safety and OSHA tests. Needless to say there was plenty of freaking out going on about having to take Med/Surg exams after ten years in cardiothoracics. I hadn't thought about gallbladders in years! I've done a good bit of studying by simply "googling" PDDS study guides and such. My question is, does anyone know if these exams are required for every single travel assignment? i know the JCAHO ones are, but the rest as well? I'd think the exam results would be on file with the company that I just traveled with not three months ago?
Premier Healthcare Professionals is based out of Atlanta, and they claim to have the most jobs available in Georgia for travel nurses as that is their primary area of focus. I've done travel work with them and it was good.
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