Quote from suzanne4
If you are going to CP as a travel nurse, you are not going to be able to go there as their employee for some time, per the fine print in your contract with the agency that would be sending you there
Right, don't most agencies and hospitals have a 6-month rule or something, where you can't become staff at a hospital you've temped at in the past 6 months? Something about "stealing the competition" from what I've heard. Very good point.
I also agree that, no matter how great the hospital is and how much experience you have, you will NOT be trained to do transport, cardiac, or ECMO as a traveler. Travelers and agency nurses are just a step above pull nurses - they have more NICU experience than your typical hospital pull nurse, but they're still not staff. We've had both, and if someone is just doing a 13 week assignment, something like that, then they get some pretty boring assignments. We tend to give our own staff the sicker kids simply because they know the unit and docs better, and basically because we just trust them more. There are only a handful of agency nurses that we get who we give really sick kids to, but they are the ones who work by us almost as much as staff and we've built up a relationship with them. Someone only there for three months, though, no way. You are a temp worker, and they basically aren't going to waste money training you only to have you leave. It costs money because you'd be precepted, and they'd be paying two nurses for one job. As a travel nurse, they're already paying a lot for you, and they're going to use you to work on your own, not paired with another nurse. Kind of defeats the purpose of having agency!
I agree with Suzanne - I'd look in to trying to get that staff position there instead of agency. That way you can get all that cardiac, transport, and ECMO experience NOW, so that by the time you get your NNP, you have that knowledge. And to be an NNP, I do think those things are very important to have under your belt. Even if it's FT nights, you can make it work, seriously. Do it now before you have a wife and kids, while your schedule is pretty open as far as when you can sleep. Even if at some point you have to go PRN, do it as staff, not agency. Get your foot in the door there!
You have so much enthusiasm and intelligence - we just want to help guide you in the right direction so that you can be a great NNP in the end.