I am in touch with American Mobile to begin my adventure in travel nursing. Has anybody worked with this company? What have your experiences been like with them? Give me the good, bad, and ugly!
Thank you in advance!
I've worked with American Mobile for 3 years. I started my first travel assignment with them and I'm still working for them. They're a well known company and therefore have more assignments available in more states. I would say for a new traveler, I would rather start out with an experienced company than a new small company for stability reasons. I almost signed up with a company called Voyager and they went out of business a few months later. A friend suggested me to join them. I would have been in a bad position if they went out of business in the middle of my assignment. Glad it wasn't me!
From experience, I haven't had any conflicts with them. At some hospitals, I met other travel nurses that worked for different agencies. I'm usually the highest paid and I work with American Mobile! For example, in Hawaii I made $27.50/h. My coworkers made $18, $20, and $22 - I don't remember what agencies they were with. Another example was in Florida; I made $24/h, someone from CrossCountry was making $20/h but we both had great housing. She needed to buy plates and bowels.
Not all hospitals are great. Sometimes you don't know what you are walking in to! Just be ready to hit the ground running. Staffing may be poor, expect large nurse to patient ratios (1:8), over-worked staff, lack of aides, lack of help, pharmacy slacking with bringing up meds, outdated equipment, outdated protocols... I've seen all of this and more. As a Travel Nurse, You're providing relief into over stressed facilities. In a great hospital, sometimes there are no major issues, and the only reason why you're there is to relieve the high census. For example, Florida has a higher census in the winter due to tourism. And when you're there, the nurse ratio changes from 1:8 to 1:6. What a relief for everyone!
Housing comes with furnishing/linens/kitchen items in safe areas. It has been a great experience. The commute can be far from the hospital. In one place, it was a 45min commute. In another place, it was about a 20 minute commute. Sometimes it's safer to commute to a busy city than live in it, plus it depends what housing is available and what kind of area you're in.
I've had 3 different recruiters. The one I'm currently with is new since last week. The one before her worked with me for 2 years (left because she had a first baby) - She was the best & I miss her. The one before her worked with me for only 4 months (left because she was promoted).
Hope this helps.
Last edit by amy0123 on Sep 8, '10