NICU Travel Nursing - page 2

Hi all, I have recently been considering taking a year off from my FT job and doing NICU/PICU travel nursing.... I love to travel, am currently single, and love a change of scenery. I was... Read More

  1. by   RainDreamer
    We've had a couple of travelers that signed on as staff and they didn't have to wait a certain period of time before doing so. Hmmm. Maybe it differs for each state.
  2. by   mac23
    I've know many travlerers who signed on staff right after doing an assignment. I did it myself.

    Usually if there is a clause it's between the agency and the hospital whereas if you sign on with the hospital, the hospital will owe the agency x amount of money. If the hospital needs/wants you bad enough they will pay the money and you'll never know what went on.

    Some agencies will have something in their contract that says you can't work for another agency for a year after you've worked for them etc etc etc but I know lots of travelers that switch agencies with each assignment with no problems.
  3. by   Gompers
    Quote from mac23
    Usually if there is a clause it's between the agency and the hospital whereas if you sign on with the hospital, the hospital will owe the agency x amount of money. If the hospital needs/wants you bad enough they will pay the money and you'll never know what went on.

    I do remember reading something along those lines from when I signed up to do agency nursing PRN. However if you decide you want to work at that hospital, you might not be able to unless the hospital wants you just as badly. So yes there are rules, but they can easily be broken for a price. Makes sense, too. Some hospitals might be willing to shell out the extra cash to get an employee they already have experience with and know is a good nurse - which can be invaluable!!! But you always have to face the possibility that there might be a waiting period.
  4. by   SteveNNP
    Yeah.... I went back and read my OP, and realized what I'd written. I guess I meant that while travel appealed to me, I also want to learn transport, ecmo, etc, which had me leaning toward taking a staff position. The agency I was looking at is pretty flexible, and states on their website that their travelers often take permanent jobs at some hospitals. (I know, you'd think they'd be upset!) I never expected to be trained to ECMO/transport as a traveler, but omitted it accidentally in my post. But thanks for all the advice!

    Stephen
  5. by   Gompers
    Quote from SteveRN21
    Yeah.... I went back and read my OP, and realized what I'd written. I guess I meant that while travel appealed to me, I also want to learn transport, ecmo, etc, which had me leaning toward taking a staff position. The agency I was looking at is pretty flexible, and states on their website that their travelers often take permanent jobs at some hospitals. (I know, you'd think they'd be upset!) I never expected to be trained to ECMO/transport as a traveler, but omitted it accidentally in my post. But thanks for all the advice!

    Stephen

    I thought something was strange - usually you make perfect sense!

    Good luck in whatever you choose. Or why choose at all? Do both - travel for one or two assignments and then take a staff position to learn ECMO and flight...

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