First travel offer in LTC

  1. Hi guys,

    I have one year and five months of experience as a long term care nurse.

    I've recently decided to try travel nursing and this agency offered me an assignment for a long term care position in Santa Maria, CA.

    I will be working in this facility on their subacute floor. 1 nurse to 20 patients on noc shift. It is 8 hours shift 5 days a week.

    They offered me $41/hour and $820 weekly stipend. My net income after taxes will be $1435. Basically asking is this a good offer? What else should I consider when discussing my pay package?
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  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   Wolf at the Door
    What was or is your weekly net income now?
  4. by   strawberryluv
    It's about $1240 before taxes if I work only 40 hours per week
  5. by   NedRN
    Determining whether an offer is objectively good or bad depends almost entirely on getting quotes from other agencies. In addition, you have to include a good guess on what local short term housing is going to cost you. Check Craigslist for a quick assessment. California housing is expensive and your real net income can be higher in other states depending on the quotes you receive.
  6. by   Wolf at the Door
    Quote from strawberryluv
    It's about $1240 before taxes if I work only 40 hours per week
    I am unfamiliar with Santa Maria C.O.L. For that specialty that sounds about right. Your gross would be $2400 right? Are you finding your own housing or taking the companies?

    There are travel nursing job boards on facebook. called Travel nurse job opportunities and many others. You can search for that speciality and compare cities, states, and agencies. You will find current assignment info. That makes comparing offers faster than talking with agencies again and again on the phone or via email. That way you are able to determine if it is worth the hassle. Travel nursing is not easy as it sounds.
  7. by   strawberryluv
    My base rate is $21 per hour

    my weekly stipend is $820

    meals are $220 per week
    lodging is $580 per week
    travel stipend is $500

    When I accounted how much each variable cost per hour
    it amounts to $41 per hour

    net income after taxes is $1435

    i have to find my own housing
  8. by   NedRN
    What about health insurance?
  9. by   Wolf at the Door
    Quote from strawberryluv
    My base rate is $21 per hour

    my weekly stipend is $820

    meals are $220 per week
    lodging is $580 per week
    travel stipend is $500

    When I accounted how much each variable cost per hour
    it amounts to $41 per hour

    net income after taxes is $1435

    i have to find my own housing
    Thanks for clarifying.

    Max stipends comes out to 1,666. I guess the bill rate won't give you more than that. Per Diem Rates Look-Up.

    Finding your own housing is probably 500 a week. not worth it to me.
  10. by   Hello_Pretty
    An LTC RN in Los Angeles should earn $35 MINIMUM. Santa Maria is a lower COL but still expensive when compared to the Central Valley. Remember, you should also not be spending more than 1/3 your income on housing. Check Craigslist or find a short term rental. Also, if you don't mind driving 1 hour to work each day you can look for cheap housing outside that area.
  11. by   nurse.ethel.RN
    Im more worried by the fact that its ONE RN to TWENTY patients????
  12. by   NedRN
    Quote from nurse.ethel.RN
    Im more worried by the fact that its ONE RN to TWENTY patients????
    Any exposure to LTC at all? Most work is done by LPN/LVNs. State regulations require at least one supervising RN round the clock.
  13. by   nurse.ethel.RN
    LOL Ive been an LTAC supervisor for the past four years, so yea, a little exposure. Our entire unit is RN operated - no LPN's at all. We have a 2 and 3 to 1 ratio. Thats every LTACH in and around Memphis.
    Last edit by nurse.ethel.RN on Oct 1
  14. by   NedRN
    Original poster said LTC, not LTAC.

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