I'm an AZ nurse who is planning to relocate to CO next spring. We are planning to live in Longmont, and I've given myself a 30-40 mile radius as to what hospitals I'll look at - so, Longmont, Loveland, Boulder, and the north Denver metro area. On a whim, I contacted a travel company to look into doing the traveler nurse thing. She was not able to give me exact salaries, but she said that I should expect to be paid $25-30/hour. I was shocked, as that seems so low! She said that CO is a "high demand" area, like HI, FL, and NY, and so hospitals know they don't have to pay the travelers as much as they would in other states that are harder to fill.
I'm just wondering if $25-30/hour is typical salary for a traveler in those areas, or if I should perhaps look at other companies that might pay better.
Nov 4, '09
agency or travel? travel pay is different from agency or registry.
do you have a written contract when you negotiate your own? if so, how do you have it written up?
hospitals can post their needs on a national database or solicit certain reliable companies they have worked with in the past. they post their needs and how much the position is worth.
the recruiter in a travel company will weigh the contract and list the pay, benefits and compensation. there is some room to negotiate wages and compensation. benefits tend to remain constant. if your demands exceed the parameters of what the hospital pays then they cannot pay you what you're asking. important factors are specialty areas l&d, icu, er, pacu. these usually pay more.
look for more $$$ in travel pay, rental car allotment, or housing. some pay completion bonuses. the per hour wage usually doesn't change much from the original listing.
you hold the cards though, if it seems too low for the commitment then walk away and look for a new listing. it's not always the company... sometimes it's just the contract.
do you carry your own health insurance? how do you go about shopping for that, do you go through an association or just call local agents?
most "travel" contracts provide their own insurance as a benefit. nothing comes out of your check. this is one of the benefits people don't factor into their benefits. remember this; insurance that's $100.00-150.00 per month only amounts to about 1.00/hr. no biggie unless you're paying for it out of pocket.
Last edit by EmergencyNrse on Nov 4, '09
I'm looking for an assigment in Colorado (Denver or Colorado Springs). I see the last post here was in 2009 so I was wondering if there are any more recent travelers that have taken an assignment there? It's been 3 yrs since I've worked in a hospital setting. I was a Med/Surg Clinical Instructor at a university for 3 semesters and then landed my current job as a Practice Manager & Clincal Nurse in a freestanding Urgent Care/Primary Care center. Prior to that I worked ER and ICU I told the recruiter that even though my experience has been primarily in the ER & critical care units I would be willing to start again in Med?surg. I have 15 yrs exp but it seems most hospitals want at least your last employment to have been in a hospital setting.
Any advise on good travel agencies and getting around the my last employment not being in a hospital setting?
Last edit by islandbsn on Sep 27, '12
: Reason: I wanted to post it on the main page of travelers