Helpful Tips for the Nurse Traveler - page 4

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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 traveling and I see that a lot of... Read More


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    You might be able to get them to give you rates and all before filling out all that paperwork, I know there are people who do...It's all about negociation....
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    Considering traveling and have two questions:

    1) How does one go about maintaining internet access/traveling with a computer? Do you lug a laptop and how do you get your internet service? Same for cable TV. Do you travel with a TV set or do they charge you to rent one?

    2) Does anyone maintain a home base and if so, how do you care for your home while away?

    I am interested in traveling but don't want to sell my house. I don't want to rent it either because I plan to use it between assignments. Where do you all go between assignments?

    That's more than two questions but whatever you can answer will help.
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    I have a laptop and an aircard for internet access - the company does not reimburse me for these - but I think I could deduct them from my taxes. Cable is something that you are usually responsible for on your own if you want it. I rented a TV from the company this time. but in the future think I would travel with my own....
    In order to be called travel nursing, you do have to maintain a home base somewhere - however, this can be something like your parent's house if you do not want to keep your house...it just has to be some where that you get your mail and return to after your assignments. Hope that helps.
    I really recommend the books Hitting the Road by Shalon Kearney (great, informative book) and Highway Hypodermics by Epstein LaRue as good starter books for tips on getting started.
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    thanks for answering! Great thread.
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    Hi everyone. Blessings to all. This thread is well needed, thanks for starting it. Can someone please answer this query? What is the likelihood of travelling successfully if you have a family? Has anyone ever done it? What kind of strain does it put on your children or spouse and how do you overcome it? I really thought of travelling for many years but keep postponing it. My kids are a bit older now and quite self-sufficient, but still young enough for me to be wary of leaving them. My husband would do a fine job without me, but it feels like abandonment. Any thought on this? Thanks much.
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    This is one of my first posting on here even though I've been a member for a while.

    I've been a travel nurse for over 13 years and I believe you have really nailed the main general information that is needed to do this crazy lifestyle we have all chosen to do. Congrats on a job well done.

    I also believe that the company you travel with is the most important aspect of this job. Your recruiter and company can make or break your experience. I love the company I work for now and trust my recruiter completely. A few things I have learned from experience.

    If you need time off place it in your contract, this is the only way you are guarenteed the time off you need.

    Verify with your company on call off policies. Some hospitals place in the contract their ability to call you off without repercusions. Know the status of this before accepting a contract.

    Verify the amount of time off that is allowable between contracts without loosing your insurance. This can help you plan for vacations and such.

    Be aware of the tax policies for your home state, when traveling. If your home state is a taxed state and your working in a non taxed state you will owe taxes to your home state at the end of the year if you don't take them out before hand.

    If you don't already get it. Get the free subscription from Healthcare Traveler, this magazine gives great information

    I hope everyone who is planning to travel gets the oppurtunity to do it. It is really worth it. Good Luck to all.:spin:
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    Great advice for new traveling nurses, but I also wanted to add a few tips.

    #1: Have more than one recruiter. There are several companies who only have accounts (hospitals) in specific parts of the country. Also you increase your negotiating power by knowing what is out there. Yes!!!-Negotiate, negotiate, negotiate!!!! These companies need us!! And some recruiters are like used car salesmen, they may try to take advantage of you if you let them. I had one recruiter tell me that I had to pay $90/mos for my washer/dryer in my apt. But when I called the facility I was told it was included in the rent. Needless to say, I wasnt charged with that fee.

    #2: Make it clear to your recruiter that they are not to send your file to any hospital without your explicit verbal consent. I have had managers call me from various hospitals stating they received my file, and I had not even heard of the job. It only makes you look unprofessional. Then my suggestion is to leave that recruiter and/or company.

    Ive been traveling for about 2 1/2 years now and I have had the time of my life. Up and downs of course, but well worth it. This is a business though, and you have to put your business hat on when looking for a position. And despite 2 1/2 years of doing this, im still learning!!!
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    How soon should I begin to contact agencies before I start traveling? example: Do I start talking to recruiters 3 months ahead of time? I don't want them to "bug" to long before I'm ready to start.
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    I'm not sure- maybe a month- it's not that you will be bothering them - they will be bothering you - a lot of companies are very aggressive in trying to get you into a contract! I like that - don't get me wrong - keeps me in work. But at times, it can be aggravating.
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    I will be a new grad next May with hopefully 6 months of experience under my belt as a ICU nurse tech at a level 1 trauma center. After graduation I want to get a year's experience at a level 1 trauma center in another state.........the reason for this is that a friend of mine who is a traveling nurse suggested it. If for whatever reason I can't get into the level 1 trauma upon graduation and before going the traveling nurse route.......do you think that Level II or III will be just as good...........hopefully by then I'll have my CCRN as well.

    Also I'll be married by then and be based out of Vancouver Island Canada..........if need be I can maintain a "home base" in the states though............any thoughts?


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