Quote from Smithbc1
Question: Have any of you travelers developed an acceptable check-list as a quide to make sure an important step is not omitted when developing a contract with a travel agency? If so, please share it with us. Getting screwed by agencies seems to happen too frequently.
Answer: I have made my own contracts from modified contracts that my Agencies have. This is a VERY good question that I am hoping we can inlist others in answering.
Devising your own Contract boils down to: If it is not written it may not get done. Also of great importance, the nurse MUST receive a signed copy of the contract (and I write this in when I first sign my contract). I specifically write: that the contract is NOT BINDING until we both receive a signed copy.
So... allow me ask what is of importance in a Contract for a Nurse Traveler?
Really, this should be the list you have in hand when you talk to the Agency and the DON (if you get that far) at the facility you want to work at).
1- Guaranteed Shifts (i.e. say 3 12's or 4 12's or whatever).
2- Guaranteed Overtime (no longer is ths federally guaranteed).
3- Your agreed shift when you talk to the DON (write days and the hours if you do not want to be flipping around days to nights).
4- No more than say 3 days in a row (write your preference or if it does not matter then fine).
5- How many weekends if you have a preference.
6- Will you float and to which floors, get it in writing if you will not float to say NICU and will float to all others.
7- Rate of pay (shift diff, weekend pay, charge pay - if willing and able)
8- Orientation commitment of the facility.
Surely there is a lot more to add. Please add your comments and ideas.