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Helpful Tips for the Nurse Traveler - page 5

Hey there all, I just wanted to post a general thread about the basics of travel nursing for all those people who want to consider it. I know I asked a lot of questions when I was considering... Read More

  1. Visit  jellybeanmead profile page
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    This was a very very very helpful thread!! Thanks so much for the info! I am a RN at a Neuro ICU for 18 months now. I plan to take a travel assignment in May in California. Wish me luck! Thanks for all your help!!
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  2. Visit  kathy88 profile page
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    Hello all....great thread. Do any of you have experience traveling with your spouse? What housing is offered? If the the housing stipend is chosen over free housing what does one typically find for housing with a 4-6 week assignment?...How hard is it to get an assignment in the UK or Australia? thanks. Kathy
  3. Visit  ERRNTraveler profile page
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    Quote from kathy88
    Hello all....great thread. Do any of you have experience traveling with your spouse? What housing is offered? If the the housing stipend is chosen over free housing what does one typically find for housing with a 4-6 week assignment?...How hard is it to get an assignment in the UK or Australia? thanks. Kathy
    I travel with my husband- I don't take the housing stipend, I take the free housing. I am always in a private one-bedroom apartment, and my company knows that I need a queen-size bed because my husband is with me. I would think housing for a 4-6 week assignment would have to be an extended-stay hotel type place, as most apartment complexes won't sign such a short-term lease. I have never worked internationally, so I'm not sure about assignments in the UK or Australia.
  4. Visit  jentrump29 profile page
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    Thank you so much for all that have contributed to this thread! I've been a med/onc nurse for 2 years and hope to start traveling in about 6 months. My plan is to do this with my hubby and 2 young kids. It doesn't sound like anyone really does this with children, so any thoughts would be well appreciated! We're hoping to travel long enough to decide where we want to settle down on the eastern side of the states and figured traveling around would give us a good idea!
  5. Visit  jlynn325 profile page
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    For your interview:
    Always sound upbeat and positve (almost cheezy) on the phone, because remember this is your interview and its via phone, not face to face so the employer cant see how excited you are to go there, but dont sound fake, just interested.
    Some key phrases to use: "flexable, goal oriented, ready to hit the floor running, willing to learn, and is there any overtime-(even if you dont want it!)".
    Questions:
    in addition to the great ones posted, i like to ask
    1."does your staff work as a team, are they traveler friendly?
    2. are there other travelers on the floor?
    3. have you had to "cancel" anyones contracts, if so ask why, how do they deal with dicipline issues...(sometimes they wont tell you that you made an error, they will just cancel you..why? because managers look for people they dont have to invest alot of time and teaching into because you are there to help in a staffing crisis if you cant do it right, someone else can)
    When you get there:
    So what shouldnt you expect? dont always expect there are going to be good staff ratios, because if there were, you wouldnt have a job. Be open minded and above all flexable. Treat the hospital and staff as if you really did work there and want to be part of there team. Treat others how you want to be treated, and if you meet someone who doesnt like you and give you attitude...just try and move past it because you are only there for a short while, dont let one person spoil your experience. Traveling is life changing....that you can expect!
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  6. Visit  jlynn325 profile page
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    Traveling can be fun but trying at times too. Alot of places will do what they call "block scheduling" meaning you work 3-12hrs and then go home for the week, that might be helpful if you have little ones. So where do you stay for 3 days? If you can take the housing allowance, and pay for a hotel for 3 days or ask the hospital if they have any type of overnight accomodations for staff. The last 2 places i have been did. The one im at right now, Frederick Memorial Hospital, in Frederick, Maryland, does have free overnight stays for staff, where you have youre own private bedroom and tv. A great place to try, and very family/traveler friendly. I never seen a hospital or an employeer so happy to help with the needs families and accommodations for employees with children.
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  7. Visit  jellybeanmead profile page
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    Does anyone know the names of any good travel agencies??
  8. Visit  ERRNTraveler profile page
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    I am traveling with RN Network- have been for over a year, and they have been excellent. PM me if you'd like my recruiter's contact info.....
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  9. Visit  Roland82 profile page
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    Quote from bagladyrn
    Good thread! From the voice of experience I'll add a few:
    Make sure you have enough money in the bank to cover unexpected emergencies before you leave home (enough to cover major car repair, or to get you home if your contract gets cancelled after you drive across country).
    Get road assistance service (AAA has saved me several times)
    You need to be somewhat outgoing to enjoy yourself in new places - introduce yourself to the neighbors, ask co-workers what is interesting in the area - and invite them to join you. Also learn to do things alone - you may surprise yourself and enjoy it.
    Try something new every place you go - whether it be new cuisine, a new activity, etc.
    At work, don't be afraid to ask questions. It actually can break the ice with staff nurses if you admit you don't know everything (not talking the basics here, but say I've never used that model of pump before, or I'm not familiar with that procedure, can you explain it to me?).
    Also at work, never talk about your pay rate, etc. If you are making more than others it sets up bad feelings and makes staff tend to dump on the traveler ("After all, that's what they get the big bucks for"). Or you may find you are making less than someone else and feel bad yourself - not realizing the benefits may not be equivalent. My standard answers when aked about pay are "It differs with each contract" or "Less than most people think - the agency gets the big bucks".
    I can think of lots more after 11 years of traveling, but I'll end it here for now.
    I liked the part of your reply where you said "Try something new every place you go - whether it be new cuisine, a new activity, etc". I like to think of myself as a temporary citizen of the community that I find myself in during travel assignments and challenge the "locals" to show off their town or area during my stay. You will find that community pride is a great entree into a conversation about your area that will help you enjoy your stay.
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  10. Visit  sugarsmom profile page
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    I would also advise new travelers to check out their new living quarters prior to the start of their assignment. Get an address and look up the area on the interet because I have had traveling friends that have been placed in some pretty rough neighborhoods and horrible housing. So just a little tidbit.....you need to make sure that you feel comfortable with where you are staying to make your travel assignment as enjoyable as possible.
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  11. Visit  medsurgrnco profile page
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    Great thread! I'm exploring travel nursing and have some questions.
    1. Can you find out the patient:nurse ratio ahead of time so that you don't have more patients than you are used to caring for? I am used to 6 med/surg patients, but have worked with travel RNs who had 10.
    2. Do hospitals get upset if you have a lot of OT due to a new computer documentation system?
    3. I've worked in some very toxic nursing units. Can hospitals cancel your contract if regular staff try to get you in trouble?
    4. Are CNA's any more difficult for travelers than for regular staff?
  12. Visit  OkieICU_RN profile page
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    Quote from medsurgrnco
    Great thread! I'm exploring travel nursing and have some questions.
    1. Can you find out the patient:nurse ratio ahead of time so that you don't have more patients than you are used to caring for? I am used to 6 med/surg patients, but have worked with travel RNs who had 10.

    You can ask about their normal ratios. It doesn't mean that it's going to be that ideal number every time. You likely wouldn't get a position if you said you were only going to take "x" number of patients.

    2. Do hospitals get upset if you have a lot of OT due to a new computer documentation system?

    I don't really know the answer to this one. Generally speaking, it's probably not a good idea to have to stick around after your shift for a long time. You have to be able to manage your time effeciently.

    3. I've worked in some very toxic nursing units. Can hospitals cancel your contract if regular staff try to get you in trouble?

    Simply, yes. They could potentially cancel you for any reason. They may not be so willing to do that it there is a financial penalty for them, but then again.... I have heard of some pretty bad situations but I have never personally been in one.

    4. Are CNA's any more difficult for travelers than for regular staff?
    This may go to your question above. I have never had a problem, but I have heard of a few others that did.

    You might ask on this forum about a particular hospital if you get an offer and see if anyone has any advice.

    It's important to make your interview with the nurse manager count. Ask pertinent questions for you that would be a deal breaker. Don't make it seem like you aren't willing to do extra or that you are used to doing things a certain way and aren't flexible. If you feel that way, you probably shouldn't travel.

    Have you taken any local agency assigments where you live? That really helped me out to be able to make the transition to travelling.
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  13. Visit  medsurgrnco profile page
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    Thanks for the responses. I did a few agency assignments, with one hospital unit awful, which is why I am trying to obtain info here on this stuff.


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