Psych Travel Nurses - page 2

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Hello Out There, Is there any psych travel nurses out there? Taking my 1st travel assignment in July and it is in the psych/behavioral health field which is my speciality but was wondering if anyone out there has done any... Read More


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    Quote from mtngal49
    I want to go to Hawaii as a psych travel nurse. Where did you go, what agency, and how did you like your job?
    Thanks!
    I worked travel psych nurse at Hawaii State Psychiatric Hospital on Oahu. I liked working there so much that I have gone on staff there. It is a great place to work. The staff are very friendly and helpful and the hospital is very well staffed.

    I wouldn't recommend the travel company I went to Hawaii with to my worst enemy!!!! The lied to me about providing me with health insurance and as a result I am now stuck with large medical bills I cannot afford to pay. They do not provide housing or set up housing for you. They give you a couple of recommendations of places you might be able to get housing but you are totally left on your own to find housing. I did stay for a short while at one of the places they recommended but it was dirty, infested with cockroaches and not a safe place to stay. The company I went to Hawaii with is Worldwide Travel Staffing. Avoid them!!!!

    Most travel nurses at my hospital are there with Supplemental or Altres and I have not heard anything negative about these companies from the nurses who work with them.
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    Thanks for the information on this agecy, I am sooooo glad I read your reply!! I have been talking to this company and was thinking about taking an assignment with them but I couldnt get a nagging feeling out of my mind about the housing issue, I couldn't get them to commit to getting me an apartment, they just kept saying "we will help you get one" then they said I mignt have to pay a deposit, etc, etc. I thought it really odd because I had worked for some great agencys that just said "here is your apartment".
    I worked in Hawaii at Tripler and loved it!! Do you know which agency the Hawaii State Hospital uses. Is it Supplemental or Altres that you mentioned?
    Thanks for your information.
    Last edit by laceybug on Nov 17, '07
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    Hi everybody. Hope you all had a good Thanksgiving Day................I am a psych RN and also interested in travelling. Not in the market to do so for another 6 mos or so possibly. I have been trying to find out what are the BEST travel agencies out there, especially for psych nursing. Two areas I am focusing towards is at a state hospital or correctional facility. The key geographical area is Indiana (preferably around Indianapolis) due to having family there. Eventually I will venture out to other areas (that are WARM in the winter).....................but for starters this is what I am looking into. I have subscribed to Healthcare Traveler Magazine, but I really don't get the information I truly am seeking with regards as to the most reliable and best agencies out there. So what better experts to find out this info but from my fellow psych RNs..........I will greatly appreciate any info you can provide. I don't need to worry about living accommodations in that I would stay with family essentially............however, for the future that will be a consideration.............

    Thanks tons! :-)
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    Quote from mudskipper1
    Hi everybody. Hope you all had a good Thanksgiving Day................I am a psych RN and also interested in travelling. Not in the market to do so for another 6 mos or so possibly. I have been trying to find out what are the BEST travel agencies out there, especially for psych nursing. Two areas I am focusing towards is at a state hospital or correctional facility. The key geographical area is Indiana (preferably around Indianapolis) due to having family there. Eventually I will venture out to other areas (that are WARM in the winter).....................but for starters this is what I am looking into. I have subscribed to Healthcare Traveler Magazine, but I really don't get the information I truly am seeking with regards as to the most reliable and best agencies out there. So what better experts to find out this info but from my fellow psych RNs..........I will greatly appreciate any info you can provide. I don't need to worry about living accommodations in that I would stay with family essentially............however, for the future that will be a consideration.............

    Thanks tons! :-)

    I would stay away from Supplemental.....BAD,BAD,VERY BAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Thanks for starting this thread! Would you mind telling me what agency you are using? I am a psyc RN and am interested in traveling. Thanks!

    Quote from AUMPsychRN
    Hello Out There,

    Is there any psych travel nurses out there? Taking my 1st travel assignment in July and it is in the psych/behavioral health field which is my speciality but was wondering if anyone out there has done any traveling or has any experience with travel nurses.....
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    This is all great advice! From all of you I found 3 companies that work with travel Psych nursing, they are: Supplemental, Trustaff and Altres. And one company to avoid, which is Worldwide Travel Staffing.

    Can anyone else add any other companies to either lists? Much appreciated!!!
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    It was two years ago I had posted inquires about travel agencies for Psych RNs. Thank you for the posts as to agencies. So from what I saw with one of the posts is to remain away from Supplemental? Primarily of the housing issues? Does anybody have any updated information on them? What about Nightengale? I have seen and heard they work primarily with Psych RNs; however, from only ONE source have I heard that they are not a good agency to work with either. His first travel assignment was up in OR for the state hospital up there (and he had not even been an RN a year, too........hmmmmmmm......of which I found interestesting in that MOST travel agencies require a minimum of 1-2 years RN experience). At any rate, he indicated that if it wasn't for the recruiter he worked with, his experience would have been bad. His overall impression and opinion of Nightengale was not good. I do not know what agency he has used since leaving our state hospital to resume travel nursing.

    At any rate, I am in serious hunt for a GOOD and RELIABLE travel agency that works with Psych RNs in that I really do need to get away from the current position I am working at our state hospital. I have been there for 3 years and just want to get away from the hospital "politics" et al and a change of pace but yet remain in psych nursing of which I love. Additionally, it would be great to know of a GOOD and RELIABLE agency that has 4 week assignments as well since my husband will not be traveling with me of which is the only reason as to why I have not pursued more seriously travel nursing up to this point.

    How long are the assignments in HI? (at Tripler.......of which interests me in that I am also an Army Veteran......one of our staff psych doctors left our facility to take a governmental position with them and has been working with our vets with TBIs...............). Speaking of Veterans...........The VA has a travel RN option now as well. Has anybody checked into that route, and if so, experiences.........or does anybody know much about this VA travel opportunity?

    At any rate, I DO need to make a change, and yet remain in psych/mental health nursing, and jobs around here where I live just do not exist unless I remain at the state hospital. And I do need a change........the unit I am currently core RN on is extremely stressful of all of the units then add to that the administrative issues that we RNs have to deal with overall daily......................my only other option would be to go into the Acuity RN Pool and remain benefited and work all of the units, be out of the "politics" of the units, and actually be a NURSE and do what I love doing........Psych Nurse......................what I am doing right now is NOT nursing at all...........and that is not why I became a RN...................

    I have also thought about going back into the Army Reserves too in that they need psych RNs............just trying to locate a recruiter et al to work with me................fun, fun, fun................

    At any rate, would be greatly appreciated with any updated information on Travel Agencies who work with Psych RNs: the pro's, con's, benefits, and so forth..............again, it is very hard to find that specific information on the web sites..................

    MANY THANKS
    C :-)
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    are you still travel nursing?
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    The web site below has information on taxes for travel RN's

    http://www.traveltax.com/TravelRN/Kn...eBaseHome.html

    http://www.traveltax.com
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    I'm wanting to go to the four corners area for psych travel nursing. As a nurse I've had 2.5 yrs with psych but I've had total about 4 years volunteer, PNA, ect. What company is good to travel with? What company is safe. I've had some per diem jobs and they've sent me to places that have been unsafe for my license. I wouldn't mind going to Hawaii if they provided housing for me and my dog. What do I watch for when accepting an assignment? What are good trustworthy have your back agencies?


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