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- Nov 4, '11 by RNyogihaha....i felt the SAME way when looking over the notes I'd taken while talking to a recruiter from Cross Country. I do, however, know that there is one company out there that will guarantee you 36 hours per week, and they will pay you even if you get called off by the hospital. (Once I'm able to PM, I can PM it to you.) I feel like travel nursing is such a great opportunity that you should try it, and if you don't end up liking it you can always go back to your floor!
I've been looking around, doing some shopping between companies online today. I think it's probably best to talk to at least 3 companies, to see what they can all offer you. It can be really hard trying to figure out which company will be good to you....as it seems like they are ALL trying to attract RNs to their company. (They are all making themselves sound gREAT!) What has anyone heard about Freedom Healthcare Staffing?? What about Nurses in Partnership??
- Nov 4, '11 by 79TangoIve heard of both of those companies.. They too have really fast talking recruiters.. One talked to me so fast I didnt even catch the name of the hospital Id just been hired & it was an ASAP start.
Luckily the recruiter was AWESOME and paid for my flight, rental car and TNCC certification. They did try to put me in an extended stay but I opted for the housing stipend and asked the recruiter find me a roommate (which he was happy to do).
I ended staying with them off and on for the past 5 years. Whenever I run out of $$, I just call them up and they send me out.
Which company is better? I honestly cannot say, but I am certain both would give you the same deal.. You just need to submit you profile. Let us know how it works out!
- Nov 4, '11 by weatherbugsok, thank you for this info. I have also talked with a small company called medical solutions and I have a friend on assignment with them right now. She is having a great experience and great benefits. They just seem to be a little slower getting assignment and not as aggressive...which might be a good thing!! As for wordtravel girl.... go do it!! I also wanted to travel for the past three years and kept putting if off!!! I kept finding reasons....but there are always going to be those reason ....school loans??
- Nov 5, '11 by WorldtravelgirlRNyogi, I would love for you to share the company when you can PM! I appreciate the advice . I need to talk to at least a few more companies before I go. I told the company I'm talking to now that I wouldn't be able to go until late January or early February, and they have in my profile that I'm available January first! Ugh! I want the most mobbed I can get, so I can furl like I'm actually making a dent in my student loans!
Weatherbug, thanks for the support! I think I just need to do it. I'm not sure I'd have a job on my floor still, but it's not like I'm leaving on bad terms. I like the idea of not being "stuck" anywhere.
Tango, thanks for the advice. I think traveling makes a lot of sense. It will help me figure out where I want to live permanently, too. I am not a fan of SoCal or the people that live here.
Can I ask someone to explain the housing stipend, though? Is it only tax free if you own a home that you'll be leaving to travel? I rent an apt, so I wouldn't qualify for tax free housing?
- Nov 6, '11 by soon2btravelingTake a minute and check out www.highwayhypodermics.com. It has reviews of alot of these agencies. I had ALOT of questions and this website answered them for me. Hope this helps! (look to the left column and select agency review, etc)
- Nov 6, '11 by caroladybelleI had serious problems with AMN, and did well w/CCTC.
But everyone's experience varies by assignment and by recruiter.
- Nov 6, '11 by gr8apeI traveled for about 5 years and the negative things that have been posted about AMN are very similar to my experience with them. In one of my contract extensions I lost my housing and was homeless - I'm not kidding! I ended up moving in with one of my co-workers. Funny thing, my recruiter somehow managed to extend my job, but not my housing and then tried to blame it on me. I went with another company and the AMN recruiter left me weird messages along the lines of "you'll never be able to get a job with AMN ever again, your ruined in the travel world!!", then a month later, when my contract was ending, she is calling me being very friendly, "we have all these great travel opportunities that I'm sure you would love... call me." Bizarre. Stay away from them!
I did CCTC (okay), RN Network (awesome - good pay, great housing, great support!), Fastaff (very good), and All About Staffing (great!)
Remember, recruiters are sales people - they are not nurses, so many times they can't answer the questions that you as a nurse would have.
Good luck and enjoy the experiences!
- Nov 7, '11 by LadyTiger44I am currently on my 3rd assignment with American Mobile. I decided to go with them after talking to a few companies because I love my recruiter. They do not pay the best, but offer great housing. Any problems I have had have been quickly resolved. Good luck!
- Nov 14, '11 by JennabebeI have been with American Mobile for threee years. I have had bad and good experiences with them. I had issues with my first recruiter (attitude, never called me back) I was then switched and that recruiter left for a managment position. My third recruiter has been great. I did one assignment with CCTC and it was a disaster! AMN isn't the greatest by far but I don't want to switch insurance :/ It all depends on the experience with your recuiter with any company!
- Nov 16, '11 by louise51I have traveled with AMN for 7 yrs. When I stick with the main company and my regular recruiter I do really well. I have had more problems when I have worked on "odd" assignments with subsidiaries. Never ever sign for your housing unless you really like the area. You are an "at will" employee and can be downsized for what the hospital considers "cause" with no recourse. I was stuck in a small town in AZ in a 6 month lease when the "winter visitors" left and the hospital found a permanent replacement.