Helpful Tips for the Nurse Traveler - page 8

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  Ms.Kamille} profile page
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    Hello all. I have a question about travel nursing with kids. Is it possible even during the school year? The idea I had going was, say I took an assignment in LA and their long assinments like 3 months at a time, brought my kids with me, enrolled them in school and before my assignment was up apply for the next one in the same area and keep doing this until the end of the school year. Could this be possible? Advice much appreciated.
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  3. Visit  fatgal} profile page
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    Hi everyone
    I am an LPN and have been traveling for 2 years. I was fortunate with my first assignment in Alaska at the VA Primary Care Clinic. I did 9 months there and then I ended up at my taxed based home for 4 months before getting another assignment in my home state in corrections which I am getting ready to complete my second contract. I have already started networking a month in advance because the state is getting rid of all travelers due to the economy. Some advice for travelers SAVE! SAVE! SAVE! As a traveler you never know when the contract can end for you. Be organized, have a wireless laptop, keep crendentials, immunizations, licensure up to date including a yearly physical. Traveling is fun, I am married and my children are all grown but you miss a lot being away so much. But learn to enjoy every minnute when you are away. Buy a GPS for your car. Stay strong LPNs
  4. Visit  Vi0let0069} profile page
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    thank you to all of you for all of your information. I graduate nursing school in December and am very interesting in travel nursing after i get comfortable in my field. thank you agian for your info
  5. Visit  SunnyPupRN} profile page
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    How do you find Daycare for young kids when you are a travel nurse? Does your recruiter help?
  6. Visit  SunnyPupRN} profile page
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    I have three years experience in Psych/forensics but have not seen much in the way of travelling as far as that specialty...anyone have any experiences?
    Thanks!
  7. Visit  madwife2002} profile page
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    How long do you have to sign up with your travel company for ??
  8. Visit  OkieICU_RN} profile page
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    Quote from madwife2002
    How long do you have to sign up with your travel company for ??
    However long you, the company, and the hospital agree on. The standard contract is for 13 weeks. I've been asked to take a 13 week assignment, but told the hospital manager that I could only do 8 weeks and it was accepted. It really just depends on the assignment. Beyond that, one doesn't have to stay with the company any longer. But, many companies have loyalty bonuses. One company I worked for (Onward Healthcare) gave a $1000 bonus after working a year for them. Another company (Fastaff) advertises that they give a total of $10000 in bonuses for being with them a year (paid out in specified portions at the end of each contract).

    Hope that helps.
  9. Visit  bonestAx} profile page
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    Question: How do the agencies work? Do they get part of my pay or do I pay
    them in any way?

    Also, do you always get a chance to see the facility that you are going to moving into and staff that you would be working with?
  10. Visit  lesliebeth1} profile page
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    This thread is very helpful. I will graduate from RN school in December this year (2010). I plan to work one year (or more if I think I need it) to get some experience and then do travel nursing for a few years. My children will all be graduated by then and my husband and I are going to hit the road! I can see from the posts that there are pros and cons but overall it seems positive. I am definetely doing the travel nursing for the experience and not the pay but of course I do need the pay but mostly the fun of seeing new places. I was curious if the housing is ever in bad areas, is it close to the hospital so you can walk, and if you can see it first. I look forward to future posts. Thanks! Lea
  11. Visit  lesliebeth1} profile page
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    I have one more question. My husband and I were going to sell our house. Can you go from one assignment straight to another one or do you have to go "home" first before moving on? I do have family I can have mail sent to but I would like to be able to move straight from one place to another.
  12. Visit  bagladyrn} profile page
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    Quote from LeaB_Tennessee
    I have one more question. My husband and I were going to sell our house. Can you go from one assignment straight to another one or do you have to go "home" first before moving on? I do have family I can have mail sent to but I would like to be able to move straight from one place to another.
    There are serious tax implications in not having a qualifying "tax home". If you don't have a qualifying tax home then all the money the agency pays for your housing, travel, meals and incidentals, etc. is taxable income. You may want to check with a tax person who specializes in travel professionals to decide whether you would be better off financially with or without the home. You may want to check out the website for Travel Tax. He has a lot of good info on his site and does seminars as well as specializing in this area.
  13. Visit  amyg1125} profile page
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    I am definitely considering Travel Nursing. If I find a hospital & location that I love, how does it work if I want to stay and get hired on permanently. Is that even possible?

    I appreciate any input and/or suggestions

    Thanks
  14. Visit  oshields07} profile page
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    I'm kinda new to this whole bulletin thing, but I'll give it a shot. I'm in my last yr of nursing school and need to do a presentation. I decided to do it on Travel Nursing: Pros & Cons. The main reason I chose this subject is b/c I'm very interested in travel nursing. However, I'm having trouble finding info to help me on my project. Do y'all know where I could find some info on this subject? Reading your stories have inspired me to really consider it once I get settled in a particular area after graduation! Any help is greatly appreciated! Thanks!


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