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- by bell47 Apr 23, '06I am not a RN yet, but was just curious about travel nursing. Do any of the travel companies do anything down in the caribean? Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, ect........
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- May 2, '06 by theresa_btry www.worldwidetravelstaffing.com
they specialize in placing rns in the usvi, but alot of travel companies insist on 1-2 years of nursing experience.
- May 2, '06 by nightingaleHave you used them theresa b or do you know of someone who has? Interesting to me is that they have Travel Nursing positions in Ireland.
- May 2, '06 by suzanne4Look closely at what they have posted, it is not a travel position as we have in the US. It is a one year contract, plus you still need to go thru all of the licensing requirements, which can be more than 6 months for there, as well as immigration. That will be about a year total, if you are not a resident of the EU.
- May 2, '06 by theresa_bI'm currently speaking with them re: an assignment in st croix. It would be for 13 weeks and the licensing for the usvi takes 4-6 weeks. they pay extremely well (over 1000/wk tax free) but all housing is out of pocket. there are up sides and down sides and my husband and I are weighing all our options.
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- May 2, '06 by nightingaleSo, has anyone gone to the Carribean as a traveler that we could hear from? It would be nice to compare notes.
I am not familiar with World Wide Staffing; what is your empression of them theresa b?Last edit by nightingale on May 2, '06
- May 7, '06 by neversatisfiedI have accepted a 13 week assignment with worldwide travel staffing in St. Croix. 13 weeks, double my present salary. I just need to talk with someone about the hospital. What it's like there. Likes, dislikes, etc.
- May 7, '06 by SCGreywolfFair warning. The islands are a LOT different than stateside nursing. Be prepared for 1. "laid-back" attitude (read that as don't give a *****, 2. Lack of supplies or available when you need them, 3. Utilities (one of the hospitals on St. Thomas shuts it's hot water down at 9 pm).
Frankly, you will be practicing in a third world country so be ready. Staffing usually isn't a problem....but their attitudes are. "manana is soon enough".
Otherwise it's a blast.
Taxfree???? Check your IRS regs about out of the country. USVI is just that!! US Virgin Islands. They are part of the US and depedig on the money setup can sometimes be exempt from taxes and sometimes you still need to pay IRS.
OBTW, did you know that if you take a 26 week assignment, you can opt out of Social Security as well? That's an automatic 7.5% raise.
Good Luck (and talk to your tax adviser...don't believe the recruiter).
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- May 13, '06 by bell47Thanks all, I just wanna be some where warm. Seems like a cool place to see. I got a while to think about it.
- Aug 26, '08 by BlondeeernMy boyfriend and I were just offered a 13 week assignment in St. Thomas. Does anyone have any experience over there that they would like to share?