Glad to hear another traveling nurse say the pay is sour these days. I finished an assignment recently that only paid $27/hour plus housing. The housing unit was a condo owned by a local resident who leases out the condo through a local condo rental agent on a seasonal basis for "visitors/tourists" in the city. The unit wasn't up to par, and the pay wasn't what I used to make years ago as a traveler.
I want to take another travel nurse assignment eventually, but not unless I read about a company that really puts its nurses first as far as pay and housing. Every company/employer seems to thrive on our hard labor as nurses, but they don't want to pay for that hard labor we are asked to give them at their places of employment.
BTW...for the record.....Aureus Medical did me wrong big time on the last assignment, so I would NOT recommend that company to anyone looking to travel. I did enjoy the staff I worked with however, so that was the only plus to the entire three month assignment.