It's my first post, but I figured the Allnurses community would be able to help me out, if anyone at all!
First of all, I'm a Medical ICU nurse working in Philly for 1.5 years. I'm originally from Cali so I came back to Norcal at the beginning of the month for family reasons. I figured I could work a travel nurse position job until April/May and then go back to Philly where I'm continuing my APN degree. I didn't have much luck with ICU travel nursing positions in the Bay Area (partially because I only have 1.5 years of experience and partially because I only have MICU experience, no neuro/trauma/CCU/etc)
I started applying to full time postions in the Bay Area, and an LTACH/acute care facility was really looking for ICU RNs. What they do is right up my alley - vent weaning etc - so I fit the position well. But what is frustrating is since I heard of them through the website and applied for the full time position, they are paying me like a full time employee, even though we have already mutually agreed on an end date of April 30, 2013. I'm only working there for 2 months. I'm frustrated because the CCO actually told me that they ARE hiring nurses through agency, and I'm sure they are getting paid like travel nurses (government stipends for meals and housing) rather than getting paid like a full time employee. Their take home pay is going to be much higher than mine, because of how we are taxed. I've already asked a couple times if there was a way that I could be considered an agency nurse rather than a full time employee because of the length of my employment, but I'm assuming it is because agency nurses are more expensive that they choose to hire me as a full time employee.
What is the most frustrating is that I'm going to be in their same cohort. They are still being hired and I am "waiting" for them to get hired, and I'd like to get started right away!
Does anyone have any advice, maybe how I can persuade them to hire me as an agency nurse rather than a full time employee.
Also maybe how I can figure out my taxes to have the IRS consider me as a travel nurse these few months, rather than a full time employee.
Thanks to all you nurses, in advance