in all honesty, you should have done much research before entering into any contract!!! you have to do your own homework sometimes. but enjoy the experience!!!
$1150 a week amounts to $31.94 base pay an hour for a 3-day/12 hour shift work week [color=#ffa07a]---or---- $28.75 base pay per hour for a 5-day/8 hour shift work week ($4,600 month). travel allowance seems low at $800 but i'm not sure what the distance is that you are traveling from (home base to wyoming) or if you will be utilizing a u-haul to carry any personal belongings. the $800 may need to be applied toward your initial sign up fee for your extended stay hotel rental. so check into the rates if you are not being given extended stay apartments to live in. $230 week for car rental amounts to $32.85 a day/7 days. if you have worked as a nurse, determine what the per diem nurses at facilities in the area are making. you can call the nurse recruiters at most your assigned hospital/area hospitals to find this out. based on their response, you will have a better idea of what you need to be expecting. i'm used to hearing my girlfriends who are travel nurses say that they make from $35 and above; but i don't know about casper, wyoming. don't know how many years of experience you have so you would have to take that into consideration also.
check this site for average salaries at top cities in the united states: click on the top cities tab the look at wyoming
registered nursing schools and training programs (rn schools) casper, wyoming appears to pay a little less than cheyenne, wyoming based on the statistics provided. information is from 2008.
state government nursing jobs in wyoming pay nurses as follows (search wyoming state government employment):
minimum monthly $4,151 hourly rates of pay
market premium position monthly $4,883.00
maximum monthly $5,860.00
based on an allnurses.com recent post regarding a wyoming nurse salary: a new nurse in cheyenne, wyoming wrote:
mar 18 by ~mi vida loca~rna cheyenne, wy new grads asn and bsn are started at 25 p/h base pay. they just gave everyone a dollar an hr raise. we are so short staffed that they also just announced this week that anyone that works a 4th shift during the work week will get bonus pay on top of their time and a half. rn's it's 10 dollars more per hr so a new nurse working a 4th shift will be making about $48 per hr. their is also no state tax and no food tax here. i love it! [color=#b22222] i graduated in may and i make 25.50 p/h differentials are mid shift 8% and night shift 12%
so based on what the new nurse indicated above, a new grad/new nurse working nights with 12% shift differential would be at $28.00 per hour ($25.00 base plus 12% ($3.00) = $28.00 per hour base+shift diff). keep in mind, the facility referenced in the post/link above is on a 8-hour shifts per day/5-day per week schedule...if you are not a new nurse....and most travel agencies require at least 1 year of experience....and you are working nights....($28.75 hour using your weekly travel rate).... you are making only 25 cents ([color=#a52a2a]$25.50 base + $3.06 shift diff for nights = $28.56) more than the new grad!!...based upon your years of experience, you decide. i would think that you would be making more than this....more like $35-40+ per hour. but then again, she is in cheyenne, wyoming and you will be assigned to a facility in casper, wyoming.
i would do some research on the facility!! look for hospital employee reviews. is the facility in a remote, rural area?? seems as though it may be in an area that is hard to recruit or possibly has harsh working conditions (nurseatient ratios). as a travel nurse/agency nurse, does your contract state what your maximum nurseatient ratio will be??? when i was being recruited by an agency/travel, i asked and they specifically stated (in ink) that staff nurses at the facility could have a 1:7-8 ratio while i mine) would be maxed at a 1:5 ratio (keep in mind, i might only have 1-2-3 patients, but no more than 5 patients--no matter what!!) of course, i realized that i would probably be assigned the worst patients on the unit!!!!
based upon the apartments.com website for casper, wyoming
casper apartments for rent | casper, wy - apartments.com
1 bedroom apartments rent from $625-860. also, you should check craigslist.org (enter casper into the rental search option) to see what apartment rentals might be going for.
i would suggest that you get a membership card for a couple of the rental car agencies. this way, with each use you gain points, discount $$$ for future use. in time, you will be able to get really cheap rates for you rental cars and you can bank the excess/unused money being given to you from the travel agency---to possibly put toward something else (food!, entertainment!). contact enterprise, avis, etc. in casper, wyoming to determine what their exact weekly fees are.
well, this should help a little bit. if anything, you have some resources to look at when you make your next contract/assignment. remember....research, research, research....beforehand.....so you will have an idea as to what your requirements will be when preparing a travel contract.
enjoy your travels!!!
Last edit by smn2010 on Jul 31, '12