Sorry, I don't really have any great ideas about how to change things. I really wish I knew of something! I do totally agree with your post though! I traveled for about 4 years and quickly found out that the bill rate was WAY more than my salary and housing costs!
One time I got offered the same assignment by two different companies but the pay rate was like 8.00 hr more with one company than it was with the other company!:angryfire The one company that was paying more, actually offered WAY better benefits too! I started thinking that the recruiters reminded me a lot of bad car salesmen! I did find one company that I stuck with for 2.5 years and I actually felt like they went out of their way to keep me happy!
I am not traveling right now, but I have found the same thing happens with the local per diem agencies/registries. I was offered $35.00 an hour to do a shift at a local Psych. hospital. The D.O.N. there was a friend of mine, and he told me that the agency bill rate was $70.00 an hour! Can you imagine...they are just sending me there, not paying for housing or any benefits and yet they are making the SAME thing I am making, while I am the one out working!!
It is enough to infuriate you!
Too bad all R.N.'s can't come together and join one big union! I know I will get a lot of flak about that statement, but until we all support each other, I don't think things will change!:spin: