Wanting to travel to NYC. Help!

  1. Hello friends! I am a nurse in Columbus and have 4+ years of pediatric heme/onc experience plus 6 months of bone marrow transplant. My dream is to live in NYC and I am very interested in making the move as a travel nurse. I have no previous traveling experience, so not sure if this will harm my chances. I would prefer to work in peds if possible, but am pretty much up for anything. Anyone have any suggestions? Agencies? Hospitals where you enjoy working? Any help or advice is greatly appreciated!
  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   FullGlass
    Why don't you contact the travel nurse placement agencies?
  4. by   pedhemoncRN
    Quote from FullGlass
    Why don't you contact the travel nurse placement agencies?
    I'm planning on it.. just wanted to see if anyone could recommend any hospitals or agencies.
  5. by   liz0105
    With your experience in heme/onc and BMT, try for Sloan Kettering. Columbia also has a great Peds hospital. Unfortunately I have no recs on travel recruiters for the area. Good luck!
  6. by   dianah
    Moved to Travel Nursing forum.
  7. by   ChrisMMS
    Hello pedhemoncRN,

    Having no travel experience won't be the biggest deal since you have more than 2 years of experience in your specialty. I would recommend talking/working with multiple agencies/recruiters because many of us will have the exact same contracts, but different pay packages and benefits. Take the time to shop around and find the recruiter/agency that is going to be a good fit for you. I would suggest looking at Gypsy Nurse or Traveler Talk websites to get a general idea of what to expect and what to look out for. If you have any other questions/concerns please let me know I'd love to help.
  8. by   NedRN
    Absolutely agree with ChrisMMS, get a good fitting recruiter. Call lots of agencies and certainly discuss their NYC opportunities, but take notes and you will learn an immense amount about the business of travel, and who sounds like they are being honest with you, and who is not. In general, if they do not share info on current real assignments in your specialty without filling out a bunch of paperwork, hang up and move on to the next agency/recruiter.

    Travel positions in your exact specialty will be fairly scarce, but very hard to find travelers with your experience. So few jobs, but they will be easy for you to get! Not so important about not having any travel experience. The pay should be better than average too, but it might be difficult to tell in NYC because of the cost of housing.

    Many agencies will be able to source NYC jobs, but perhaps not even most. I'd still recommend calling random agencies (Google travel nurse agency for hundreds of hits), but there is a NYC based agency called White Glove that is worth trying no matter what. They will certainly have really good local information. Call a few nationwide agencies first to start getting a feel for talking to agencies before calling WG. I have no personal info about WG, but to some, New Yorkers have an edge. So if you learn first how to talk to recruiters, you won't have to risk asking dumb question of a possible important agency to you.

    Was that Columbus Ohio? I live about an hour away.