$200,000 to travel to Iraq

  1. 0 I ran inot a travel nurse who claims she is getting calls from travel nurse agencies to go to Iraq for one year and they will pay her $200000. Are any of you doing this or know anyone who is??

    Thanks
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  3. Visit  Mantibob profile page

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    Mantibob has '6' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Telemetry'. From 'No.Cal.'; 57 Years Old; Joined Mar '04; Posts: 107.

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  4. Visit  LesJenRN profile page
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    Quote from Mantibob
    I ran inot a travel nurse who claims she is getting calls from travel nurse agencies to go to Iraq for one year and they will pay her $200000. Are any of you doing this or know anyone who is??

    Thanks
    I have known RN's who have gone to other countries during peaceful times....I would have to wonder if $200,000 is worth the risk? Curious what training you would get and how safe it would be.....
  5. Visit  2ndCareerRN profile page
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    I have been searching for a company to do that with and have found NONE. If approached, I would be on the plane next week.

    Usually if it sounds to good to be true, it is.

    On the other hand, Halliburton is hiring EMT's for about 10K/month to go there.

    If you can find out the name of the company offering the job to RN's, pm me.

    thanks
    bob
  6. Visit  renerian profile page
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    Ditto email me if you find out who is doing that. Hm.

    renerian
  7. Visit  TRAVELERUSA1 profile page
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    Yes, I Have Also Heard This And Am Interested For Anu Info, Please. Thanks
  8. Visit  augigi profile page
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    Just curious why you guys would be interested in that - for the money, or the job?

    If I was into the money, I'd take a contract in Saudi Arabia or somewhere like that which offers huge tax free salaries.. and no current war.
  9. Visit  SCGreywolf profile page
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    Just for the info. The highest salary I have been quoted for the Mideast is 122K. When you talk about tax-free status, that only applies to the first 80K. One thing you CAN do is opt out of Social Security for one year..but you can only do it once. You also have to prove you have been physically out of the country for a specified number of days during the calendar year. If you don't, then IRS will tax the full amount of your wages. Be careful, be VERY careful. Make sure you meet all the requirements so you do not get soaked for taxes. I personally do not think 122K is worth being away from my family and all the good things the USA has to offer. I make that now as a travel nurse (and more). I might make more there but it would probably be offset by the cost of the divorce.
    The Wolf
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  10. Visit  deannicholas profile page
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    Quote from SCGreywolf
    Just for the info. The highest salary I have been quoted for the Mideast is 122K. When you talk about tax-free status, that only applies to the first 80K. One thing you CAN do is opt out of Social Security for one year..but you can only do it once. You also have to prove you have been physically out of the country for a specified number of days during the calendar year. If you don't, then IRS will tax the full amount of your wages. Be careful, be VERY careful. Make sure you meet all the requirements so you do not get soaked for taxes. I personally do not think 122K is worth being away from my family and all the good things the USA has to offer. I make that now as a travel nurse (and more). I might make more there but it would probably be offset by the cost of the divorce.
    The Wolf
    You make 122k+ as a nurse? How much do you work? Lots of overtime?
  11. Visit  SCGreywolf profile page
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    Yes, I work a bunch of OT. Now on staff at a hospital in the SW and working 5 nights a week. I am just about maxed on SS deductions for the year and will max in the next two paychecks. I made in excess of 150K last year as a traveler. Yes I worked a lot.....but at least I had the right to refuse. Do you really think that option exists for the nursing staff in Iraq? I did a contract for DOD in Columbia years ago and was not ever off duty. Granted I was at a FOB and not in a hospital but when I wasn't actively taking care of patients, I was on call.

    I had an offer for a stint in Iraq/Afganistan last year. 260K for 8 months. Sounds fantastic, doesn't it? Trouble was, I would have been out in the warlord camps as a "Community Action Nurse". Yeah. right. Just me and my two buddies....Mr. Colt and Mr. Hechler and not a whole lot else. If you are looking for a place to make a lot of money (and be able to enjoy it), stay in the States and work travel Pick and choose your contracts wisely and you can make a bundle....and most likely not get shot or abducted. Granted you can get in a lot of trouble in most of the big cities but at least you won't be a target because of your religion. Trust me, if I thought I would make it back in one chunk, I would have gone. The public is not hearing about a lot of stuff outside the Iraqi cities and the sandbox is NOT a game.
    The Wolf
  12. Visit  SCGreywolf profile page
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    Sorry, hit the button too quick. That should be 160K, not 260. Just for those with the $$$ stars in your eyes, YOU EARN EVERY DOLLAR. There's no going out for a pizza and beer, there's no "I'm sick". There's just a BIG bunch of sick and injured folks you can't even talk to. If you go, you will find out that it is the most intense time of your life. I DO guarantee that you will never, ever be the same and not always for the better.
    The Wolf
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  13. Visit  bagladyrn profile page
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    Quote from SCGreywolf
    Yes, I work a bunch of OT. Now on staff at a hospital in the SW and working 5 nights a week. I am just about maxed on SS deductions for the year and will max in the next two paychecks. I made in excess of 150K last year as a traveler. Yes I worked a lot.....but at least I had the right to refuse. Do you really think that option exists for the nursing staff in Iraq? I did a contract for DOD in Columbia years ago and was not ever off duty. Granted I was at a FOB and not in a hospital but when I wasn't actively taking care of patients, I was on call.

    I had an offer for a stint in Iraq/Afganistan last year. 260K for 8 months. Sounds fantastic, doesn't it? Trouble was, I would have been out in the warlord camps as a "Community Action Nurse". Yeah. right. Just me and my two buddies....Mr. Colt and Mr. Hechler and not a whole lot else. If you are looking for a place to make a lot of money (and be able to enjoy it), stay in the States and work travel Pick and choose your contracts wisely and you can make a bundle....and most likely not get shot or abducted. Granted you can get in a lot of trouble in most of the big cities but at least you won't be a target because of your religion. Trust me, if I thought I would make it back in one chunk, I would have gone. The public is not hearing about a lot of stuff outside the Iraqi cities and the sandbox is NOT a game.
    The Wolf
    Female nurses reading this should keep in mind that you are at risk because of your gender and nationality as well as religion. Factors it is impossible to disguise.
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  14. Visit  corbon profile page
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    "Sorry, hit the button too quick. That should be 160K, not 260. Just for those with the $$$ stars in your eyes, YOU EARN EVERY DOLLAR. There's no going out for a pizza and beer, there's no "I'm sick". There's just a BIG bunch of sick and injured folks you can't even talk to. If you go, you will find out that it is the most intense time of your life. I DO guarantee that you will never, ever be the same and not always for the better."
    The Wolf

    Are you speculating or have you actually done an assignment there or something similar in that area? I would rather have actual facts than heresay.
  15. Visit  d_downer profile page
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    I was wondering how you decide what jobs to take? Is this salary of approx 100K a year typical of travel nursing? I am going to graduate soon and want to become a travel nurse (once I have some experience of course) and am curious. Also, how often are you working to make this money? Thanks! dd


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