First time traveler looking for are with highest pays and most available overtime - page 3

Hi Im looking for some info from you seasoned travelers I will soon be starting my first assignment interested in some insight into the highest paying locations and those hospitals that allow you ... Read More

  1. by   cjones98
    Quote from RNnlovinit
    I have been traveling for 7 years. I have traveled with many different companies and I think I know them all. I am what is considered a seasoned traveler. So first, let me tell you what I know. If you are not making the equivelant of $47-$52.00 hour then you are getting gyped! If they are giving you "FREE" housing you are really paying for it. Those agencies that give "FREE housing" are usually only paying $29.00 - $32.00 an hour. If you were making $32.00 an hour you would only be taking home approximately $291.84 for a 12 hour shift. You should be taking home $375 or more per SHIFT!!! I average take home after taxes of $423.00 per 12 hour shift. I would rather see that money in my pocket. WHen I work I work for straight take home money, then if I work extra shifts I am pocketing all that money, it's not going to my "housing". I also want benefits like insurance and 401K, but not everyone needs that. I would never do anything but travel nursing. I earn over $100,000 per year doing this and work when I want to work, and where I want to work. And, I am respected by my company and treated very well. But, then I do know the ropes. I am not dazzled by phoney fringes that come out of my paycheck. I am happy with the company I am with now.
    I'm new to this game and my husband and I are hoping to start traveling within the month, If you don't mind me asking what company are you with. I want to earn big money over the next 9months to a year, I'm not sure who to go with, to get the best rates and benefits.
  2. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    RNlovinit's post is dated: 11-27-2001

    I don't think she's a member here anymore.

    I'm a traveler and the only nurses I know who make in the 40's per hr do so because they have a free place to stay in a city, or provide and pay for their own housing, utilities, and housewares when they travel.

    Most travelers make in the mid to low 30's per hr.
  3. by   WindwardOahuRN
    Quote from cjones98
    I'm new to this game and my husband and I are hoping to start traveling within the month, If you don't mind me asking what company are you with. I want to earn big money over the next 9months to a year, I'm not sure who to go with, to get the best rates and benefits.

    I don't do travel nursing but, as a critical care RN in Hawaii, I work with a lot of travel nurses.

    Some of the best nurses I have worked with are from Cross Country.

    If you're interested in working in Hawaii, local companies are Altres, Kahu Malama, and Specialty Nursing.

    The Fastaff company is reviled by most nurses in Hawaii. They are associated with the US Nursing company and supply scab nurses during job actions. IME, many of their nurses have little experience. They require one year experience before hire. After working with some of their nurses, I have to question whether they even meet that minimal requirement.
  4. by   k_cole21
    [QUOTE=WindwardOahuRN]
    Quote from k_cole21
    To Reply to your original question....Many companies do not allow the OT for travelers. Fastaff & On Assignment are two that I know that have contracts with 48-60 hour guarentees. Now Fastaff markets themselves as a crisis staffing agency.

    Fastaff is widely known as the "cover travel company" for US Nursing, a company that provides nurses during job actions.

    In other words---they provide scabs when union nurses go out on strike.

    Don't expect to be welcomed with open arms by union nurses if you work for Fastaff, especially if you show up in a union hospital near contract time.

    Like I said....Fastaff is know for providing crisis coverage....Yes they do stikes but they have many assignments that are not strikes just hospitals with a desparate need for staffing. I don't do strikes & I've traveled with Fastaff. I'm actually a great hospital right now....They just needed nurses. Their volume doubled due to a free standing birthing center closing. It's not a union hospital either.
  5. by   k_cole21
    Quote from WindwardOahuRN
    I don't do travel nursing but, as a critical care RN in Hawaii, I work with a lot of travel nurses.

    Some of the best nurses I have worked with are from Cross Country.

    If you're interested in working in Hawaii, local companies are Altres, Kahu Malama, and Specialty Nursing.

    The Fastaff company is reviled by most nurses in Hawaii. They are associated with the US Nursing company and supply scab nurses during job actions. IME, many of their nurses have little experience. They require one year experience before hire. After working with some of their nurses, I have to question whether they even meet that minimal requirement.
    Fastaff is not the only company that provides bad nurses. Most companies only require 1 year of experience to travel......Maybe I'm just blind to the rep that Fastaff has.
  6. by   WindwardOahuRN
    [quote=k_cole21]
    Quote from WindwardOahuRN


    Like I said....Fastaff is know for providing crisis coverage....Yes they do stikes but they have many assignments that are not strikes just hospitals with a desparate need for staffing. I don't do strikes & I've traveled with Fastaff. I'm actually a great hospital right now....They just needed nurses. Their volume doubled due to a free standing birthing center closing. It's not a union hospital either.
    "Yes they do strikes" says enough for me. They remain what they are---a travel company owned by US Nursing, the premier provider of scab nurses. The nurses working for Fastaff very often are just waiting for an opportunity to work strike coverage.True, there may be some who are naive enough to believe otherwise, but having lived through a job action and seen this US Nursing/Fastaff connection up close and personal, I have no respect for either Fastaff or the nurses who choose to work with the company.There are plenty of other travel companies out there. Why go with one that is KNOWN for working job actions, if you have a choice? Unless, of course, you're interested in crossing picket lines.
  7. by   k_cole21
    [QUOTE=WindwardOahuRN]
    Quote from k_cole21
    "Yes they do strikes" says enough for me. They remain what they are---a travel company owned by US Nursing, the premier provider of scab nurses. The nurses working for Fastaff very often are just waiting for an opportunity to work strike coverage.True, there may be some who are naive enough to believe otherwise, but having lived through a job action and seen this US Nursing/Fastaff connection up close and personal, I have no respect for either Fastaff or the nurses who choose to work with the company.There are plenty of other travel companies out there. Why go with one that is KNOWN for working job actions, if you have a choice? Unless, of course, you're interested in crossing picket lines.
    You know....I'm working for a company with a crappy rep (which I just realized how crappy this rep is). The original poster asked about companies making the most money w/ short term assignments. I told her what I know. If the money means that much to her to do strikes...so be it. I don't do strikes, I'm not interested in strikes. Fastaff happened to have a position 1 hour from home making twice as much as I make @ home. This is the 1st time I've worked for them. It's nice to know what others think of the company. Now I know. However, for you to say have no respect for a nurse who works for this company is a judgement from someone with a very a narrow mind.... We're not all in it with the intentions to go do strikes.
  8. by   WindwardOahuRN
    [quote=k_cole21]
    Quote from WindwardOahuRN

    You know....I'm working for a company with a crappy rep (which I just realized how crappy this rep is). The original poster asked about companies making the most money w/ short term assignments. I told her what I know. If the money means that much to her to do strikes...so be it. I don't do strikes, I'm not interested in strikes. Fastaff happened to have a position 1 hour from home making twice as much as I make @ home. This is the 1st time I've worked for them. It's nice to know what others think of the company. Now I know. However, for you to say have no respect for a nurse who works for this company is a judgement from someone with a very a narrow mind.... We're not all in it with the intentions to go do strikes.
    I realize that some nurses who work for Fastaff are unaware of the company's connections to scab nursing. I suppose I was a bit too harsh in my statement and I apologize.I guess I meant to say that I have no respect for a nurse who KNOWINGLY works for a company that participates in such activity.Often, when contract negotiations are nearing and the hospital involved senses that there may be some problems, they contact US Nursing/Fastaff and load their hospitals with "travel nurses" who can be converted to scabs at a moment's notice if necessary. The nurses working in these hospitals are well aware of the practice, which is why Fastaff nurses are often not warmly welcomed.
  9. by   k_cole21
    [QUOTE=WindwardOahuRN]
    Quote from k_cole21
    I realize that some nurses who work for Fastaff are unaware of the company's connections to scab nursing. I suppose I was a bit too harsh in my statement and I apologize.I guess I meant to say that I have no respect for a nurse who KNOWINGLY works for a company that participates in such activity.Often, when contract negotiations are nearing and the hospital involved senses that there may be some problems, they contact US Nursing/Fastaff and load their hospitals with "travel nurses" who can be converted to scabs at a moment's notice if necessary. The nurses working in these hospitals are well aware of the practice, which is why Fastaff nurses are often not warmly welcomed.
    Well thanks for the info. I was unaware of their reputation as I stated before. I'll take that in to consideration when I look for my next assignment.
  10. by   cjones98
    Yeah I will to. Thanks guy for all the info! What do you all know about NursesRX? Good? Bad? OK?
  11. by   lifezfunny
    Fastaff...highest pay, they take care of getting you there and back...all you need to take is your suitcase...I had great experiences everywhere they sent me...also...if you want to make a lot of money fast...work strikies...I loved it and do not regret it one bit...if you work a strike..you are not a "SCAB"...a scab is someone who works for the hospital and crosses the line to work during a strike...technically all you are is a replacement nurse..I wanted the nurses to get all they were asking for but felt the patients had the right to be hospitalized in their own neighborhood and not be forced to go further away from home to get good nursing care. I also enabled the nurses who were on strike to go out and fight for their cause without "losing" their jobs pemanently...anyone who talks bad about replacement nursing does not understand how the system actually works...anyway...I highly recommend Fastaff and I am not on their payroll...just a satisfied traveller
  12. by   jodyangel
    Well I work with Faststaff nurses at the hospital I work staff at, and I have to say I'm quickly becoming annoyed beyond belief about them being there. Why you say?
    Well because they are guareteeded their hours, the staff gets cancelled. Yes, the hospital won't honor our hours. We have been cancelled the first shift of our work week, because they had Faststaff nurses on that day. Where I use to be able to work one shift overtime per week, its almost impossible now. Why wont hospitals recognise that their Best assest is a home grown nurse who cares about her community. Pay us instead of paying travel nurses who dont have the same commitment as we do!!
    Thanks for the rant. I needed it!!!
  13. by   WindwardOahuRN
    rI must say I find your convoluted rationalizing typical of those who attempt to justify their crossing of picket lines. Enabled nurses who were on strike to go out and fight for their cause?? On the contrary. Strike-breaking nurses allow management to push striking nurses to the wall during negotiations, knowing that their profits remain safe. Notice I said profits and not patients. And after being in unions for over thirty years and participating in a strike three years ago that lasted seven weeks, I understand quite well how the system works. Perhaps a check of the dictionary might clarify the definition of scab for you. Check out definition number three:Main Entry: [1]scabPronunciation: 'skabFunction: nounEtymology: Middle English, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Swedish skabbr scab; akin to Old English sceabb scab, Latin scabere to scratch --more at SHAVE Date: 13th century1 : scabies of domestic animals 2 : a crust of hardened blood and serum over a wound 3 a : a contemptible person b (1) : a worker who refuses to join a labor union (2) : a union member who refuses to strike or returns to work before a strike has ended (3) : a worker who accepts employment or replaces a union worker during a strike (4) : one who works for less than union wages or on nonunion terms 4 : any of various bacterial or fungus diseases of plants characterized by crustaceous spots; also : one of the spots Pronunciation Key 2001 by Merriam-Webster, IncorporatedMerriam-Webster Privacy Policy</p>
    Last edit by WindwardOahuRN on Oct 10, '05 : Reason: punctuation in post did not appear as originally written--ghost in the machine?

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