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  • Sep 20

    Quote from xxJohnnyTxx
    ive been looking into travel nursing. im not sure the rules for each company but one did explain it well.since i live in staten island and nyc is within a 50 MILE RADIUS, the travel nurse rate is going at about $2600 per month in the new york city area which SINCE I LIVE WITHIN THIS 50 MILE RADIUS the check is given exclusively to me and i can choose to spend it as i wish.....either get an apartment closer to the hospital or simply use it as traveling expenses or whateverrr it is youd like to get there. if you are not within the 50 mile radius it does not go into your hands and do not have this option. it is a greatttt idea since rent is so expensive in new york!!
    Sorry, you either heard this wrong or the company is scamming you. First, the 50 miile rule (which really is a misnomer) is used by some companies & hospitals for not paying housng for a traveler. They base this on the IRS 50 mile rule for a job related moving deduction & it has no real bearing on whether or not the IRS recognizes your eligibility for meals, housing, incidentals (referred to as tax advantage by many companies). The IRS rule states that the assignment must be far enough away from your tax home to make it unreasonable to return to the tax home at the end of the workday. If so, they you qualify for tax free housing and a per diem, providing that you pay for upkeep on your tax home (primary residence) while on your travel assignment. If you do not maintain this primary resience/tax home, or do not have one, then you are classified as an itinerant worker and MUST be taxed on all compensation, including the provided housing.

    What I think you were referring to was a housing stipend, which any traveler can take instead of being provided housing from the company. This is what I have opted for on all my travel assignments. But, it has nothing to do with the 50 miles, it is just an option that would be more feasable to someone trying to do a local travel contract. However, if you are not moving away from your primary residence for the assignment, you must pay full taxes on this stipend or chance hefty fines & penalties from both the IRS & the NYS Dept of Taxation and Finance-not a pleasant thing to go through.

    Be very careful trying to take a local travel assignment. Find a travel tax expert to go over the possible ramifications before signing that type of contract.

  • Mar 15

    Lately, it is so hard getting references that I am tempted to start a business called 'Rent-A-Reference' to overcome the problem many of us are having. What do you think about my idea?

  • Dec 31 '15

    Lately, it is so hard getting references that I am tempted to start a business called 'Rent-A-Reference' to overcome the problem many of us are having. What do you think about my idea?

  • Dec 3 '15

    Quote from ann945n
    Personally I would not listen to advice that says you are stuck with a lower end pay. Nurses are in demand and remind them of that when you negoiate your salary. It doesnt matter if its union or not, you still can, I have at union jobs. Union jobs also should pay better then non union jobs since there is mass barganing that can take place. Tell them you would love to work there but you cant live off of 21 an hour and would like them to take you on at 24 an hour, shoot higher then what you really want so when they counter offer you actually get what you wanted. I once told my facility that was always bringing in agency workers that they pay agency more then me and I found that unacceptable since i was a full timer. I told them that I would have to leave and go to agency since my pay was too low unless they could meet me at a higher pay. I also reminded them that they were getting a deal on me even with a pay raise since i was still a good 10 dollars cheaper then agency. My father taught me to always spin it in your employers favor, has never failed me. Its very uncomfortable of course to ask for more money BUT YOU ARE WORTH IT. Work it in your favor. If you are in demand it is foolish not to bargin every penny you can. This is smart business, Nursing as a profession does not do this enough and its sad, nurses are worth twice what they make or more. Good luck!
    Fine advice for someone who has experience trying to negotiate a salary. Experienced nurses are in demand. This nurse will be fresh out of school, dependent on the employer for additional education (at the employer's expense); and, will not be fully productive for at least 12 weeks (depending on the specialty). Also, most good agencies won't hire without at least a year of experience, so the hospital would be sure to know that.

    The best thing for the OP to do would be to find out what the geographic area pay range is for NEW GRADS and negotiate with that. For instance, so & so hospital is paying $24.00/hour to its new grads/GNs, I'll sign on if you can match that. The first review is where the OP would have some room to negotiate further. Now, having been trained, the hospital would not want to lose the nurse to another hospital and would be more apt to compensate better if they were given the impression that the nurse would have to leave because of insufficient wages.